Brandon Routh’s major starring role post Superman is another comic-book hero

With the casting of Henry Cavill as the new Superman, I often wondered how the previous big-screen Kryptonian hero Brandon Routh feel about this. Is he upset? Disappointed? Relieved? I know that various news reported that he was vying to be invited back to reprise his role of man of steel, but he just seems like a level-headed guy that I can’t imagine him moping around over this news. Whatever the case may be, it’s curious that a new poster of his new movie, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night was released in the same week. I wonder if the marketing power behind this thought that maybe there’ll be some residual buzz for Routh as he played Superman before? I’m just theorizing here. In any case, he’s playing yet another comic-book character, albeit a lesser-known one. That is unless you’re Italian as apparently Dylan Dog is a very big deal in Italy (according to this ItsJustMovies article).

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Just from that test screening review, I learned quite a bit about the character as I’m not at all familiar with this story:

The original character was created by Tiziano Sclavi in the mid-1980s and is a recovering alcoholic nightmare investigator living in London. The world in which he lives is filled with monsters — such as vampires, zombies and werewolves from the movie world — who secretly live all around us. Dylan almost always wears the same clothes: a red long-sleeved shirt, black jacket and a pair of blue jeans. In the comics, he has an assistant named Groucho who is a former celebrity impersonator who became frozen into the character he once impersonated. Dylan and Groucho drive around in an old black-over-white VW convertible bug.

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Funny that his ‘costume’ still has the red/blue colors in it. Oh and the Superman connection doesn’t end there. Remember Sam Huntington, who played Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns? Well he plays Dylan’s assistant, Marcus. Well, I’m not exactly going to be rushing to see this on opening night, maybe a rental on a slow night . The stills—and this poster—look kinda cheesy. And no offense to Routh, but he hasn’t sold me on his acting ability, yet. No, I don’t hate Superman Returns, he’s not exactly to blame that the movie underperformed, but I don’t know if he helps alleviate the problems, either. Nonetheless, it has enough going for it (such as this scene) that I actually bought the dvd. But his guest stints at the NBC series CHUCK, as well as other things I’ve seen him in, just hasn’t convinced me he has the chops. So anyways, I guess the reason I’m posting this is that I’m glad he’s doing another comic-book movie and not back as Superman. I think Henry Cavill is a far more convincing actor and so I’m happy with Snyder’s decision.

Anybody interested in seeing this one? And while the Superman news hasn’t cooled off yet (probably won’t be for a while), what’s your thoughts about Brandon Routh as Superman?