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arock99 writes "After many years of battling various script rewrites, Superman is set to soar again. Various sources (superman-v.com, darkhorizons.com, aintitcool.com) report that Brandon Routh (of Gilmore Girls) has been cast as Superman. With production only a month away, Brian Singer is set to tackle yet another super-hero film after previously having directed both X-Men and X2. Had it not been for his recent passing, Christopher Reeve would surely have been part of the production team in some capacity. Superman should hit theaters around summer 2006."
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  • Brandon Routh? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sofakingon (610999) * on Thursday October 21, 2004 @06:00AM (#10584427)
    Who the heck is this guy? Gillmore Girls? C'mon now, why not use the guy from smallville or something. I mean how many supermen can we have? Not that anyone can top Christopher Reeve, may he rest in peace.
  • Bad taste (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Dancin_Santa (265275) <DancinSanta@gmail.com> on Thursday October 21, 2004 @06:02AM (#10584438) Journal
    Not that they are making another Superman series, but that they are doing this with the full knowledge of the Superman curse [cnn.com].

    I don't know who this latest guy is, he doesn't even warrant a picture in IMDB, but we'll soon be seeing him hiding in some bushes or thrown from a moving train or some other strange and inexplicable circumstance.

    On top of that, the real Superman, Clark W. Kent, died in the comic books years ago. So did Bruce Wayne, the original Batman. Can't we just let these heroes among us pass in peace? Do we have to drag their dead carcasses out of the grave to squeeze just one more penny out of the franchise?
    • On top of that, the real Superman, Clark W. Kent, died in the comic books years ago. So did Bruce Wayne, the original Batman.

      Do you mean dead as in Captain America style (the mantle passes on), or dead as in he-died-but-then-he-came-back-what-a-shock?

      • Re:Bad taste (Score:5, Informative)

        by Lisandro (799651) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @07:18AM (#10584714)
        Of course, it was just a publicity stunt; the guy died in the comic allright, complete with special editions and stuff, but killing Superman would be just like killing Daffy Duck. You can't make a comicbook character die and dissapear, even less one like Superman.

        IIRC, the Superman comics actually continued, but with a different storyline; something like "Son of Superman". Check this link [geocities.com]:

        "Naturally, this would not be the end of the Man of Steel; after a number of stories in which Superman's friends and family deal with their feelings, it's discovered that his body is missing from his mausoleum, driving speculation that he might still be alive. Adding to the mystery are four new characters who each claim to be a new incarnation of Superman: a young, cocky kid with Superman's powers; a steel-suited African-American construction worker; a cold and vengeful hero who had taken over Superman's Fortress of Solitude; and a cyborg who half-resembled Superman and half-resembled the robots from the Terminator movies. After months of stories in which all four new Supermen worked and fought with each other, the one true Superman returns to claim his rightful place in the DC pantheon."

        Anyway, i bought the comic when it came out. It worked on me, the bastards :)
        • Re:Bad taste (Score:5, Insightful)

          by TwistedSquare (650445) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @07:29AM (#10584754) Homepage
          I presumed that's what the original poster was referring to, Superboy/Steel/Eradicator (I think)/Cyborg, but they made it sound as if Wayne/Kent had gone for good, which was puzzling me... Although I don't remember Wayne dying, though his back did get broken by Bane and he got replaced for a bit... ah the joys of Marvel/DC continuities!
        • by servognome (738846) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @08:11AM (#10584916)
          a steel-suited African-American construction worker
          How the hell did he try to pass himself off as superman?
          "Yeah I'm Superman, I was just in the Carribean getting a tan"
          • Re:Bad taste (Score:4, Informative)

            by Pxtl (151020) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @09:18AM (#10585455) Homepage
            Full body-covering armour. Couldn't see his face. Still, he was a massive black guy from Seattle so everyone could tell that he was black inside (he sounded like it). Basically people considered him a "spiritual successor". Then they had Shaq make an awful movie of the character ("STEEL").

            Other replacements from the "reign" of the supermen: a very confused electrokinetic android, a sinister cyborg, and a teenaged "clone" who was actually just a very complicated genetic-engineering program designed to make a *human* that was as similar to superman as possible. Also, a drunken bartender named Bibbo, as comic releif. And eventually, an unpowered gunwielding hero who just happened to be the real thing, slowly recovering from his "death".

            IIRC, the story resulted in the annihilation of Coast City, which is what eventually caused the Green Lantern to go insane and wipe out the entire Green Lantern army.
        • by Scutter (18425) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @09:43AM (#10585835) Journal
          killing Superman would be just like killing Daffy Duck.

          You can't kill Daffy Duck. All you can do is blow his feathers off with dynamite or make his beak spin around with a shotgun blast or something.
    • Not that they are making another Superman series, but that they are doing this with the full knowledge of the Superman curse.

      Curse be damned:
      Teri Hatcher [imdb.com]
      Kristin Kreuk [imdb.com]
      Allison Mack [imdb.com]
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Have you heard of the curse of Steamboat Willie? Every single person associated with the production is DEAD!
    • That explains why they don't want to use the guy from Smalleville...they actually like him and don't want him to suffer the curse.
      They should really use the guy from Smalleville... a much better choice - even though he is younger looking then the mild mannered report who looked around late 20's early 30's in the Superman series.
    • Re:Bad taste (Score:4, Insightful)

      by micromoog (206608) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @08:59AM (#10585235)
      Not to mention the bad taste of announcing this just after Christopher Reeves' death, to ride on the free publicity.
    • Re:Bad taste (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Mant (578427) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @09:32AM (#10585665) Homepage

      On top of that, the real Superman, Clark W. Kent, died in the comic books years ago. So did Bruce Wayne, the original Batman.

      Comic book characters die, and come back to life, all the time. Spuerman was dead for a bit, but came back soon after. I'm not aware of Bruce Wayne ever dieing in main continuity.

      Of course, they get killed is some non-continuity Elseworlds stuff. Plus back when DC had parralel univerese (they all got merged in Crisis on Infiniate Earth) Bruce Wayne died in Earth-2, but not the 'main' Earth.

      Characters like Superman and Batman are pretty archetypal. Subsequent generation re-invent them to suit the times, that is what happens with mythlogy, it keeps it alive and relevant, and IMO is much better than just leaving them alone.

    • From the CNN article: Kirk Alyn played bit parts and minor supporting roles in several low-budget films before getting his big break playing the title role in the 1948 serial "Superman." But after the serial ended, he failed to sustain a film career and retired to Arizona.

      Arizona... poor bastard, he never even had a chance.

    • Clark W. Kent was NOT the real Superman.
      The real Superman was Clark W. Kent.

      Clark W. Kent cannot die or be killed off as he does not, did not, and never will exist. Clark Kent was Superman's _costume_.
      • Re:Bad taste (Score:3, Interesting)

        by doublem (118724)
        You're thinking of Bruce Wayne / Batman. Batman has stated a number of times that Bruce Wayne is an identity he can discard if the need arises.

        With ole Superman, it's more complicated. Both identities are "him" but not the "full" him. For example, superman has to keep his ties to the Kents and The Daily Planet staff secret, while Clark has to keep his powers secret.

        Oh God, I'm comic book geeking again.
        • You're missing my point, these are all about deceptions they have to carry on in their lives to conceal things about their true identities.

          Batman does not exist, Batman is a character that Bruce Wayne employs.

          Superman however does indeed exist, and it is Clark Kent that is the fictional character that Superman employs.
  • Brandon Routh Bio (Score:3, Informative)

    by sofakingon (610999) * on Thursday October 21, 2004 @06:10AM (#10584474)
    Somehow I don't think this guy can do it:

    Birthday: October 9, 1979
    Birth Place: Des Moines, IA, USA
    Birth Name: Brandon James Routh

    Also credited as:
    B.J. Routh
    Brandon 'B.J.' Routh

    View Biography

    Notes

    Born in Des Moines, Iowa and grew up in nearby Norwalk.
    Attended the University of Iowa, and starred in many productions at the Norwalk Theater of Performing Arts.
    Appeared in Christina Aguilera's "What A Girl Wants" video.
    Enjoys playing basketball, biking, soccer and swimming.
    His sister Sara is a singer/songwriter and a radio D.J.

    News

    October 17, 2004
    Has Bryan Singer Found His Superman?
    Brandon Routh is The Man Of Steel. We think. Probably.
    More Info

    Crew Credits

    Acting Appearances

    Starring Roles
    Undressed (1999) - Wade (Season 3)
    One Life to Live (1968) - Seth Anderson (#1) (05/23/2001-04/17/2002)

    Guest Starring Roles

    Will & Grace - Sebastian - A Gay/December Romance (2004)
    Cold Case - Henry Phillips ('64 - A Time to Hate (2003)
    Gilmore Girls - Jess [as B.J. Routh] - Concert Interruptus (2001)
    Odd Man Out - Connor [as B.J. Routh] - You've Got Female (1999)

    Co Starring Roles

    Oliver Beene - Brian - Dibs (2004)

    Movie/Mini-Series/Special Roles

    Deadly -

    Quick rundown:

    His name is "BJ"
    He was a regular on a soap opera
    He was a gay guy on "Will and Grace"
    He was a dancer in a Christina Aguilera video

    How do you go from the above to Superman?
    Someone please tell me cuz I've got a lot more under my belt than he does. I wanna be superman too!!!!

    • His name is "BJ"
      He was a regular on a soap opera
      He was a gay guy on "Will and Grace"
      He was a dancer in a Christina Aguilera video

      How do you go from the above to Superman?


      You must have been living in a box for the last 20 years so I will take pity on you and explain. The Superman of the 21'st century is metrosexual you insensitive clod!.

      metrosexual Function: noun Definition: a young, urban and usually heterosexual male who is concerned with fashion, food and grooming Etymology: Coined by Mark Simpson in

      • "The Superman of the 21'st century is metrosexual you insensitive clod!."

        So help me, I think I just felt the Duke, Sinatra, and Clint Eastwood (this is how rumors get started) crawling out of their graves to kick your @ss for saying that. Good fricken grief!

        WTF is the big deal with this "metrosexual" cr@p? Seriously; other than "Will & Grace" being on TV nothing has changed. Men have ALWAYS been concerned with how they looked, because women always were. Different segments of society just have diffe
        • excreta)

          Whoa, boy... Slow down there!
        • I don't know, in my experience, "fashion" and "grooming" involves effort and time. There's a homophobic and male-superior trait in hetrosexual male culture which says that if you spend time "grooming", you're abnormal.

          It goes something like this: If you spend too much time on your hair, you might be gay, which means you like men, like a woman, which means you're womanly, which means you're inferior and probably posess all kinds of inferior female traits.

          Most men do not stygmatize people on this, but th

  • by CheesyPeteza (814646) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @06:12AM (#10584482)
    Heres a picture of Brandon and a write up of him at Latino Review: http://www.latinoreview.com/scoops/brandon-superma n.html [latinoreview.com]
  • I hear it has a giant spider in it, which Superman fights. They're the fiercest fighters.

    It's going to rule!
  • Uncouth (Score:5, Insightful)

    by JerSully (824068) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @06:17AM (#10584501)
    Some of the replies to this article are amoungst the most tasteless and uninformed that I've seen on Slashdot. Come on guys, take 10 seconds to research the new actor and refrain from saying mean things about Mr. Reeve for now. But... yeah... Gilmore Girls... Until I looked him up I was confuzled.
    • Sorry, I tried to look him up, but his official site (found from imdb) was down. That makes it entirely too much work.
  • Anybody else (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 21, 2004 @06:23AM (#10584521)
    Think this is kind of weird timing after Christopher's death?? Kind of like the HHGTTG movie timing. They had to wait for Douglas to die before they could go forward with what production wanted, (ie a money making movie, not a GOOD movie). Anybody else think Mr Reeve maybe had some say that the production didn't like, and now that he's gone it gives them the chance to go forward?? Just my 2 cents.
    • Re:Anybody else (Score:2, Insightful)

      Umm, wasn't Douglas Adams's death pretty unexpected. I mean, he was only in his fourties and still in good heath right up until the end. I don't think the producers were delibrately holding back the movie just on the wild chance the author might die. In the case of Superman, this movie has been talked about for months, so they are not trying to cash in on Reeve's death. If anything, it will hurt the movie. In any case, what would he say anyway, the Superman IV was years ago (and didn't do so well) so he wou
    • Think this is kind of weird timing after Christopher's death?? Kind of like the HHGTTG movie timing. They had to wait for Douglas to die before they could go forward with what production wanted, (ie a money making movie, not a GOOD movie). Anybody else think Mr Reeve maybe had some say that the production didn't like, and now that he's gone it gives them the chance to go forward?? Just my 2 cents.

      Honestly, I doubt Reeve would have contributed much. I will admit, I was a fan of the original Superman movie

  • Time to move on (Score:2, Interesting)

    by execom (598566)
    We heard about every actor for Superman: Nicola Cage [ign.com] or Travolta, Fraser, or MacLachlan [ign.com].

    I guess we need to wait more few years that Hollywood decides who will wears the Superman suit.
    Also will it be the old blue and red or the new white suit as it is in the latest update in the Comics ?
    • Re:Time to move on (Score:2, Interesting)

      by AKnightCowboy (608632)
      Also will it be the old blue and red or the new white suit as it is in the latest update in the Comics ?

      New white suit? WTF? Superman wears blue and red and yellow. I don't know what Superman you're talking about, but it sure the hell isn't Jerry Siegel's Superman.

  • by Maavin (598439) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @06:32AM (#10584556)
    I'd rather see a good "Tripods" Movie...
    that story has potential...
    • Tripods? (Score:3, Informative)

      Just for clarification, are you referring to the series of Samuel Youd [wikipedia.org] childrens' books (writing under pen name of John Christopher) about alien invaders who ride in tripods and the young teenagers who still have free will (no pun intended)?
      • The White Mountains
      • The City of Gold and Lead
      • The Pool of Fire
      • When The Tripods Came (A prequel added later to the original trilogy)

      There have been adaptations of this story to other media, of which the BBC production [bbc.co.uk] is probably the most famous. There is a website

    • "Tripods" would work better as a mini-series.
  • by syrinje (781614)
    Being un-versed in gal-soap tv, I tried searching for Brandon Routh and noticed this weird thing - on www.brandonrouth. Looks like Google is a /. vector now!

    www.brandonrouth.tv Temporarily Unavailable

    This account has surpassed its bandwidth allocation at the present time. You may reach the account administrator at www@www.brandonrouth.tv

  • I know I'm in a minority here, but what exactly was so good about the X-men movies? I'll admit that the first one wasn't that bad, but X2? If his casting decisions are anywhere near as bad as they were for X-Men (with the exception of Hugh Jackman, of course), well... You get the idea.
    • by SoTuA (683507) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @08:29AM (#10585013)
      What's so bad about X-Men casting?

      Cyclops is a complete dick? check.

      Storm a shapely black woman that looks good in white hair? check.

      Prof. X? Spot on.

      Magneto? Maybe he could have found someone who didn't look as old/frail, but his acting was spot-on.

      Jean Grey is all but carbon-copied from the X-Men comics I used to own.

      The only casting choice I'd disagree with would be Rogue...

  • Gilmore Girls? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 21, 2004 @07:25AM (#10584740)
    Wow, you must really have a photographic memory, since I've watched every episode of Gilmore Girls and he's in it for literally 5 minutes as a bit part in the first season.....and that's all.
    • (Posting logged in, with karma bonus, cuz at Delta it's laid out like that.)

      Wow. samzenpus (the submitter) == douchebag.

      To samzenpus: You obviously have never actually watched Gilmore Girls, so shut the fuck up.

      (I was going to choose my words more gingerly, but unless I managed to make it REALLY FUNNY somehow, this comment would be modded down anyway.)
  • Dean Cain fans!
  • Lordy lordy is there ANYTHING they won't make into a date movie?
  • by Yolegoman (762615) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @08:24AM (#10584981) Homepage
    I can't help but feel like this is a cash-in on the recent Spider-Man movie franchise's popularity. Both Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 have done really well, and it seems to me like they are just trying to milk the superhero thing for everything they've got.

    Of course, I'm willing to be proven wrong. Give me a good old-fashioned B - Popcorn movie with decent Special FX, and an interesting Trailer for the film, and I'll certainly be in line.

    - Yolego
    • Maybe you haven't noticed the glut of comic book movies coming out.

      Punisher, Daredevil, Hellboy, Fantastic Four (2005), The Hulk, Batman Begins (2005), Constantine, etc etc.

      The success of the first Spider-Man movie has prompted comic book movies of all flavors to come out, because they're finaly starting to be decent, rather than the abortions that was the first Punisher, for example.
      • No, I hadn't really noticed, although now that you mention it, Hulk / Helboy rings a bell. Not that I've been paying attention. Most of the crap that comes out of Hollywood is, well, crap.

        The first time I have actually bought a recent Hollywood movie was the first Spider-Man. I liked that one so well, I actually went and paid to see the second one at the dollar theater: It was certainly worth $0.50 per ticket, although the popcorn is not worth $10.00 per bucket.

        But for the most part, you are dead right. I
    • It's really DC cashing in on the success of the various Marvel superhero flicks of late.

      Not that I mind. Bryan Singer is set to direct (Of X-Men, X2, and Usual Suspects) and thus far it appears that he can do no wrong
    • They've been trying to make a new Superman movie since the mid-late 90's. Kevin Smith even wrote a script for it.

      Tim Burton was going to direct and wanted Nic Cage as Superman.

      I don't think any superhero movie is trying to cash on on Spider-Man, but just trying to cash in period.
  • He already flew in the first episode of this season, and floated in the first episode of season 1. ANd the one episode with the Tornado (end of season two maybe) he sorta flew towards Lana.
    ;)
  • that the Salkinds won't be involved.

    The first Superman movie was OK in a campy sort of way, but to flog a limp franchise through three sequels, each worse than the last and none as good as the first, should be criminal.

    Of course, if it was, half of Hollywood would be hanging around the corner of Pico and Alvarado holding "Will write/direct/star for food" signs...

  • by Anonymous Coward
    [From "The Incredibles" trailer:]
    Lucius Best: Honey? Where's my super suit?
    Woman: What?
    Lucius Best: Where - is - my - super - suit?
    Woman: Why - do - you - need - to - know?
    Lucius Best: [helicopter explodes outside] You tell me where my suit is, woman!
  • What?!? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by nicktripp (717517) on Thursday October 21, 2004 @09:56AM (#10586021) Homepage
    Why did the original poster list him as "of Gilmore Girls"? If he had bothered to read the profile at IMDB that he linked (instead of just looking for a picture?), he would have seen that he was only on one episode of "Gilmore Girls", yet he was on the soap opera "One Life to Live" for two years and MTV's "Undressed" for another year. Unforunately, it seems most of you fell for this and are were immediately biased based on his one appearance on a WB show.
  • by funkdancer (582069) <funky.funkdancer@com> on Thursday October 21, 2004 @10:08AM (#10586145)
    Don't know about you guys, but to me Reeve was a very big man not only being the best Superman there could ever be but also for the strength and incredible courage he showed when almost everything was taken away from him in that accident.

    I checked in then and several times of the next few days, over and over again, to see any mention of it and a thread regarding his life and his fight for pushing technologies and research in the spinal areas, but alas no mention at all. It would not be an understatement to say that I did get quite emotional thinking about how he would not live to witness the fruits of all that will be discovered in the next 10 years.

    So I guess I've finally found the thread to oust my disappointment with the editors.... Just to think that only the _new superman_ warrants mention when a _great one_ passed away. Bloody good one, mates.
  • Christopher Reeve would surely have been part of the production team in some capacity. Superman should hit theaters around summer 2006

    Is there any proof to this, I can't imagine Christopher Reeve helping with a new superman movie just because he was in a different superman movie 10 years ago.

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