Brandon Routh to play Superman again in Arrowverse crossover

Brenda Watkins
July 20, 2019

While Brandon Routh previously portrayed the Man of Steel in Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, insiders with knowledge on Crisis on Infinite Earths say this time the actor will play the Kingdom Come version of the DC Comics hero. But the flick failed to generate the kind of potentially franchise-launching box office returns that Warner Brothers was hoping for, and after kicking around the idea of a sequel for a couple of years, the studio made a decision to go the reboot route with 2013's Man of Steel (which launched what was then known as the DC Extended Universe).

Today, it was revealed Brandon Routh and Tyler Hoechlin will both reprise their roles as Superman in the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. It was the same crossover that introduced us to Ruby Rose's Batwoman and set the stage for Arrowverse's biggest crossover and Arrow's end game, "Crisis on Infinite Earths". What makes this casting all the more interesting is Routh already has a role in the Arrowverse as Ray Palmer, aka the superhero The Atom on DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Or how about an alternate Earth Lex with Michael Rosenbaum?

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"Crisis on Infinite Earths" will crossover Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman in a five-episode event, with three episodes airing in December and the two airing in January.

Hoechlin joined the Arroweverse in 2016, playing Superman on Supergirl. #ReturnOfSuperman #Superman Excited to share the screen w/ @tylerhoechlin & bring two Superman to life. It's not that I completely dislike what's happening withArrow, The Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, but it's a lot to keep up with. The series is based on the comic-book event of the same name, which saw the introduction of DC's multiverse - hence the introduction of multiple Supermen. However, Supergirl takes place on Earth-38.

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