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« on: October 22, 2004, 11:44:17 AM »



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BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 21, 2004--Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Brandon Routh, a 25-year-old native of Iowa with television and film acting experience, has been cast as The Man of Steel in the Studio's upcoming Superman epic, to be directed by Bryan Singer. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production for Warner Bros. Pictures.

The untitled Superman movie is expected to begin principal photography in Australia early next year for release in summer, 2006. It is produced by Jon Peters, Bryan Singer and Gilbert Adler from a screenplay by Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris. No other casting has been announced.

Stated Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer of Warner Bros., "We are so pleased to have put this extraordinary team of filmmakers and talent together and to be moving forward with a project we've all anticipated so much. I think we're going to make a Superman movie that all of us can be very proud to bring to our audience around the world."

Routh was chosen for the role of Superman following an exhaustive search that spanned the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Thousands of candidates were interviewed before the final selection was made.

Singer commented on his choice of a star, saying "Contrary to speculation, it was always my absolute intention to hire an unknown for this role. Brandon is an extremely fine actor who possesses the physical qualifications of Clark Kent/Superman. But he also embodies the legacy and history of this character in a way that makes me certain he's the right choice."

"We respect and appreciate the intense interest that our fans around the world have in Superman, and we went everywhere in search of a talented actor who would represent his look, character and presence," said Robinov. "We think Brandon is a gifted young performer who can re-energize this iconic character and excite new audiences about the legend of Superman."

Routh's television credits include One Life to Live, Gilmore Girls, Will & Grace and Cold Case. He recently wrapped his first feature role in the upcoming film Deadly, starring opposite Laura Prepon.

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I've never seen this guy in action and I'm rather unsure about his look.
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2004, 01:18:29 PM »

He's not bad. I would prefer to see him in the role instead of some of the other names that have been thrown around, like Brendon Frasier. According to Sci-Fi.com, Amy Acker and Charisma Carpenter are both auditioning for the part of Lois Lane, they are supposed to be among 6  contenders for the role.

I would love to see Amy get the part, as long as she doesn't try and play it like Fred. Clark Kent is timid enough, we don't really need a mousy Lois as well.
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2004, 02:10:32 PM »

What there casting Jeff Gordon as superman!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2004, 02:43:44 PM »

Unfortunately no one can be told what Superman is, you have to see it for yourself.
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2004, 03:12:07 PM »

Weird that this subject arises now because last week my uncle and I were talking about movies and the Superman movie came up.

My uncle says to me "Why don't they just get the guy who is in SmallVille to do the role?".

I'm not a big fan of SmallVille, or Superman so it makes no difference to me.

I'm a Batman fan.  :twisted:
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2004, 03:21:30 PM »

Who said Amy Acker???

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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2004, 04:34:13 PM »

I'd have thought Tom Welling could do a decent job in the movie. Guess we won't know though Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2004, 04:48:52 PM »

I think he looks promising. He's got the square jaw and the hair at least.  I'm glad that they cast an unknown too.  Brendan Frasier would have been a very poor choice.  Besides Singer is directing so I have confidence he'll make the right decisions.
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2004, 04:55:09 PM »

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I'd have thought Tom Welling could do a decent job in the movie. Guess we won't know though Tongue


They actually begged Tom to do the movie and he refused.  So it isn't like WB didn't want him.
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2004, 05:29:15 PM »

Why would he refuse? He is nowhere near a big enough star to durn down a franchise of that potential magnitude?
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« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2004, 07:08:38 PM »

Probably to avoid "typecasting". Once Christopher Reeve took the role it's all anyone can imagine him in, just like Shatner as Kirk or Nimoy as Spock.
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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2004, 07:17:08 PM »

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Probably to avoid "typecasting". Once Christopher Reeve took the role it's all anyone can imagine him in, just like Shatner as Kirk or Nimoy as Spock.


I think you nailed it.
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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2004, 09:35:58 PM »

He looks like Super Man to me.
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« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2004, 10:03:07 PM »

So much for Evangeline Lilly being Lois, that guy couldn't hold his own with her.
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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2004, 12:22:45 AM »

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Probably to avoid "typecasting". Once Christopher Reeve took the role it's all anyone can imagine him in, just like Shatner as Kirk or Nimoy as Spock.


I love Smallville as a guilty pleasure, and Tom Welling is pretty good on it, but he is outclassed by most of the actors on the show.  I'd advise him to take the millions while he can. smile
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« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2004, 03:45:00 AM »

He looks just like how I'd imagine Superman to look like in real life. They picked a good guy. Hopefully he'll do well onscreen.
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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2004, 04:05:14 PM »

Glad to see it isn't a familiar face like those that have been mentioned over the past few years (Nicolas Cage?  PUKE!)
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« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2004, 05:58:43 PM »

I cant believe they passed over brendan fraser for this ridiculous, cadaver looking soap star...man of steel? this guy looks like he needs a few days in the gym.
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« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2004, 06:30:29 PM »

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I cant believe they passed over brendan fraser for this ridiculous, cadaver looking soap star...man of steel? this guy looks like he needs a few days in the gym.


I think they passed over Fraser and a couple of other more high profile names (Jim Cavaziel was one) due to their age.  Warners wants at least three movies out of this and assuming three years between pictures that would put some of the contenders like Fraser in the their mid-to late 40s by the final picture.
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« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2004, 10:29:48 PM »

Actually they wanted Fraser a year ago but he refused to sign a 3 picture deal. Ironicaly Routh and the Director Singer are planning only 2 pictures.
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« Reply #20 on: October 24, 2004, 04:27:13 AM »

Guess who else was a 25 year old complete unknown at the time...






Christopher Reeve, 1978
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« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2004, 04:37:23 AM »

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Probably to avoid "typecasting". Once Christopher Reeve took the role it's all anyone can imagine him in, just like Shatner as Kirk or Nimoy as Spock.


I always thought of him as that buy from "Somewhere in Time" crying with his little penny ...
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