On Thursday, Melissa Benoist, who plays the titular superhero in the “Supergirl” TV series, joined Brandon Routh, who played the Man of Steel in “Superman Returns,” at the CW Upfronts in New York, reports The Daily Mail. Is there a chance that Brandon Routh can make a cameo appearance as Superman in the “Supergirl” TV series beside Melissa Benoist? It’d be great. But the two actors just smiled towards the camera for a photo session.
CBS recently transferred “Supergirl” to The CW. Now, Brandon Routh plays another DC character, “The Atom,” in “Legends of Tomorrow.” So, it might be a stretch to imagine him becoming Supes once again. But it can be done. Here’s why – The concept of multiple universes and alternate timelines has been already established in the various DC TV series, including “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Supergirl.” There have been characters who’ve had doppelgangers, even lookalikes in another alternate universe who are very different from the main characters yet look similar.
Brandon Routh could suit up as Superman again and meet Benoist’s Kara Danvers in a cameo role. Routh can even do a double role as Ray Palmer in the scene and make a funny comment on the two characters’ facial resemblance. Superman would say he’s from Krypton and infinitely more powerful than Atom. It’d be a fun exchange. Another difference between Superman and Atom is that while the Son of Krypton has blue eyes, Ray Palmer’s eyes are dark brown in the show.
Though “Superman Returns” failed to generate enough capital or fan interest to create a franchise, many loved Routh’s sensitive portrayal of Clark Kent and Superman. Most of the problems in “Superman Returns” was with the story and direction by Bryan Singer. Not to mention that editing was poor and dragged the movie too long.
Singer’s problem was that his movie was too similar to Richard Donner’s “Superman: The Movie” and its sequel, “Superman II.” So much so that the real estate plot was lifted from the 1978 Superman film and made “Returns” feel more like a remake of Donner’s film than a re-launch. Also, it didn’t help that the film had an overall melancholic tone and Superman didn’t have anyone to punch at.
This is why Warner rebooted the character and made “Man of Steel” where Superman gets to punch a lot of villains. Ironically, the same fans slammed the new film due to gratuitous fights and mind-numbing scenes of destruction and mayhem. Superman also lost many fans after he kills Zod, as the character does not kill and used to be more of a saviour figure.
Maybe producers of “Supergirl” can ask Routh to be Superman once again, for a cameo at least. It will surely shoot the TRPs up, up and away.