Brandon Routh

  1. Tom Welling, Smallville, TV, 2001-2011.  The pitch from Tollin/Robbins Productions was a series about the pre-Batman Bruce Wayne. Oh, no you don’t, said the Warner suits, we’re keeping Batman for the movies.   “OK, how about the young Clark Kent?”   Ya got jt!  And it ran twice as many years as Lois & Clark in the 90s… after Routh, Jensen Ackles and Milo Ventimilglia were swept aside by Welling. His fans petitioned for Tom to star in Superman Returns  – won by Routh! So it goes.
  2. Tom Felton, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2010.    “The movie you may have been expecting,” said Chicago critic Roger Ebert. “No less, no more.”  Routh (the 2005 Superman flop) had been  seen for Dodge Landon – the name  coming Charlton Heston’s co-astronauts in the 1967 original: Dodge and Landon. 
  3. Henry Cavill, Justice League, 2017.     Well, Routh was Supie when all this started…   Warner exercised extreme cowardice, until Marvel showed them how to make superhero summits with Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. In October 2007, Mad Max’s dad, George Miller, found his Bat/Supermans, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aqua Man, Green Lantern, even the Martian Manhunter J’onn J’onzz, after auditioning about 40 youngsters in synch for a franchise. Routh didn’t stand a chance after the Super-flop of his 2005 debut. Four months later, everything was “tabled.” Dumped! By 2010, Miller had gone and who could blame him. Besides, he wanted to go to the Max again.

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