“Crisis on Infinite Earths” Arrowverse crossover had aired three of the five parts, but it has done a lot of things that the fans had never really expected. The idea of “Crisis” is one that a lot had thought as not impossible in a live-action format, but this event has been full of turns, cameo appearances and twists. One exciting appearance is the return of Brandon Routh’s Superman. Years ago, this actor had brought the hero to life in the movie, Superman Returns.
“Crisis” had given Routh a chance to actually suit up one more time, and it looks like he is now open to being Superman again.
In a recent n interview with Den of Geek, Routh had explained that the approach to “Crisis” return as Superman had been that it would be the final time he would play this role.
“I approached it as if it was the final time. It was important for me,” Routh had said.
“That’s one of the things I had to get off the phone with Marc [Guggenheim] and consider and think about. Because if I continued to leave the door open and keep wanting more, then I was never going to be fulfilled, and that wasn’t a place where I wanted to leave things. So I approached this as, no matter how much screen time I had or whatever story this ends up being, I’m grateful to have had this opportunity and I’m going to be okay with whatever this is.”
“That’s how I approached it,” Routh had added.
“Just being grateful for the opportunity. Putting it all out there and being okay with hanging up the cape after that. And I’m grateful for that because that’s how I feel about it. I feel that the door that was open, the unresolved stuff after Superman Returns, is resolved and the door is closed, but…. if the door opened again, I’m open to it. I’m good, I’m at peace with it, but I am still excited to play the character if another opportunity that is right presents itself.”
In 2006, he had played the character in Superman Returnsand it is the sixth and final movie in the series, although story-wise, it disregards Supergirl, The Quest for Peace and Superman III. While the movie had been well-received, the sequel never took place. When Marc Guggenheim had asked if he would actually play a version of Superman for “Crisis”, it had been important that this version be the character from Superman Returns would make an appearance.
“I wanted to make sure that it was the same character, the same version of Superman or at least similar enough,” Routh had said.