Brandon Routh as Superman

Nobody will ever truly replace Christopher Reeve as the image of Superman, but Brandon Routh has earned DC Comics’ respect enough to keep the role of the Man of Steel.

Kellvin Chavez of Latino Review mingled with Paul Levitz, President of DC Comics, at a special Watchmen presentation. During the conversation Chavez asked about the upcoming project, Superman: Man of Steel. If you’re a fan of Brandon Routh, who donned the blue tights in Superman Returns, then you’re in for a treat.

“Last week Brandon Routh has come around the offices in New York and Los Angeles as of late to talk about Superman and what we want to do,” Levitz said.

The cats at DC love Routh and think he is a great guy, which is certainly the impression he gives in every interview. So it looks like talks are on for him to come back. I felt like he was a great choice and unlike other people really enjoyed Superman Returns. You have to think he would be even better now that he has become used to the duality of the character.

If you’re expecting a Superman film to come out soon then you might want to lower your expectations. The Man of Steel will hang in the balance as DC waits for The Dark Knight director to attach his name to a third Batman project. “Everyone is waiting for Nolan to sign on for another Batman project, once that happens, the release date for Superman and all other projects will follow.” DC apparently is trying to get Nolan to commit to a Summer 2011 release.

The focus on Batman means that a Superman reboot would be pushed back from its original 2011 date to 2012. It is kind of a bummer that we won’t get to see any Clark Kent action for that long, but it makes sense that DC wants to get out a new Batman film to capitalize on the monumental buzz that will be building after the near perfect Dark Knight. I can wait a year if it means I get Batman and Supes films back to back.

What do you think of Brandon Routh as Superman? Aside from Lex Luthor, who would be the villain you hope to see in The Man of Steel?

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