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Brandon Routh Considers a Darker Superman

Published October 31, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | IESB
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With a sequel to Superman Returns on hiatus, Brandon Routh has been branching out. To show his funny side, he has a great role in Zack and Miri Make a Porno and has also been doing other non-Superman gigs. You never know, not having an immediately Superman sequel might be just the thing to prevent Brandon Routh from getting typecast.

Routh on a Darker Superman

We saw Spider-Man try to go dark in Spider-Man 3 and, though it should have been a huge success, it missed the mark. Superman Returns served up a heaping pile of nostalgia, and now Bryan Singer has been promising more action in the sequel. More action most likely means a darker take, and Brandon Routh is open to considering. He did, however, tell IESB that the character doesn't necessarily need to be dark. While it's an open debate, The Dark Knight went dark and we all saw what happened there. Cha-ching!

IESB: A lot of people don't think Superman can be that dark, or that you could make such a dark Superman film.

BR: I don't know, I don't think the character necessarily has to be darker, I think he is kind of dark in a sense, emotional dark, in Superman Returns, and the movie as a whole was slightly dark, they could have had more prowess in it I suppose, and I think that's one thing that can be done in the sequel, so I don't know how much darker you want to make it necessarily. You make the stakes higher, you make the villain darker, I think that's a way to do it. But I don't think Superman himself needs to be darker. He definitely has to struggle, how does Superman be a part of the world? And does he have to make sacrifices to be a part of that world? To fit in and what purpose does he really play in the world? Those are all kind of dark places to explore. But, I don't think Superman should ever be dark and brooding, that's not is nature. And that's now what people what to see. Like Brainiac or something like that, a situation when the villain is...

So what villain does Brandon Routh hope to see in the sequel? Check out the entire report at IESB to find out.
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