Known for playing the role of Superman in the Bryan Singer directed "Superman Returns" back in 2006, Brandon Routh has been embraced by comic-book fans everywhere. After donning the iconic cape and tights, Routh went on to roles in other comic-book based movies (Dylan Dog, Scott Pilgrim versus The World) and even had a role on a TV sitcom directed by a television legend.
Brandon Routh will be a featured guest of the Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con which runs from August 8-11 at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. (Click HERE for more info and tickets.)
Mr. Routh spoke with me via telephone prior to his trip to Chicago. We discussed attending comic-conventions; what comes with playing the role of Superman; is he ever challenged to duels as an "evil ex"; using social media; and his passion for community service:
(The following is the unedited transcript of the interview with Brandon Routh that ran in REDEYE on Thursday, August 8th, 2013.)
Geek To Me: You’re coming to Chicago for the Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con, and you have that history of having played Superman, so let me ask what the experience is like for you attending a convention like Wizard World?
Brandon Routh: It’s a very cool thing to be embraced by the fan that loved that movie and some other projects I have done. You know, you forget about it after a while. It’s been seven or eight years now, and I have fond memories of the movie, but I don’t think of it in my daily life. But it’s still nice that it’s still entertaining people, who are showing it to their kids, and it’s hopefully making (the world) a little bit of a happier place. I hear that directly from them when I get to meet them at the cons.
G2M: More recently you did play a role in the Edgar Wright film “Scott Pilgrim versus The World” and I’m wondering if you've ever had someone challenging you to a fight as an “evil ex”, you know, just as a lark?
BR: (laughs) I haven’t had any challenges yet. I often get asked to quote lines from that movie, but no challenges fighting or bass duels yet.
G2M: You also did "Dylan Dog", another comic-book based movie. I’m just curious if after doing "Dylan Dog", "Scott Pilgrim" and "Superman Returns", do you feel like you still want to do comic-based movies or you feel like you’ve had enough and want to move onto other things?
BR: No, there are so many different properties, so many different genres within the genre, of the graphic novel and the comic book world. So, I actually would entertain doing some other type of film in this world. I’ve got an awesome fan base, and allowed to kind of play in that world, I guess, so it’s fun to live in that world. Although I don’t read a lot of comics, I do love sci-fi and fantasy stuff, so it’s a world that I like to explore myself. If it’s the right part, and the right movie, the right people, absolutely I’d have no problem with that.
G2M: How did it feel for you seeing somebody else wearing the Superman costume?
BR: (laughs) It’s interesting, you know? Thankfully it’s been - I’ve had a lot of time - seven years out of the suit I guess. I had my time and it was great. Although I haven’t seen the film, it seems like Henry (Cavill) has done a nice job. He certainly looks the part. Another thing I guess that makes it easier is that the suit doesn’t really look like my suit (laughs). And that made it a little easier to distance myself from it I guess.
G2M: You recently did a bit with Tim Daly - who was once the voice of Superman in the animated series - along with Dean Cain, kind of like a “reunion of Supermen.” (SEE VIDEO ABOVE) How did that come about?
BR: Well, Sam Daly - Tim’s son - Dean and I all play in a celebrity basketball league. So we all know each other through that. And Tim and Sam had started the show (The Daly Show) along with Ben Shelton the director, that they’d been doing for a couple years. They tweeted something, their motto for the show, something like they’re “trying to make the world a little less douche.” And they tweeted something about Superman being a little less douche could be awesome. And I’d seen some of the show and I said “we should do a show together.” Then Ben Shelton came up with the awesome League of Supermen contest.
G2M: Beyond that, do you find that there are any cool perks that come from having been one of the few actors who have played Superman?