The case for a Brandon Routh Superman show

"Even in the darkest times, hope cuts through. Hope is the light that lifts us out of darkness."

This year’s 2019 Arrowverse crossover from the CW, Crisis on Infinite Earths, was undoubtedly one of the most exciting CW/Arrowverse crossovers to date for many reasons. One of the best reasons was undoubtedly the terrific cameos featured in each of the episodes, which were in and of themselves spectacular.

The Crisis producers understood the deep importance and value of their audience getting a chance to be reunited, even if only briefly; with some longtime fan favorite actors, shows and movies from the DC Universe.  But paramount among the reasons for the success of the CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, was the much anticipated performance of Brandon Routh, returning to play the most iconic super hero of them all, Superman.

While many DC and Superman fans will surely recall Routh’s appearance in the less than stellar 2006 Superman Returns, most if not all Superman and CW Arrowverse fans simply loved and went wild over Routh’s portrayal of an older, more experienced, seasoned and perhaps slightly jaded version of Earth 96’s ‘Kingdom Come’ Superman.

Routh’s Earth 96 Superman was by far the most legendary, epic and break out success of CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover that gave fans much more than what they were anticipating. Seeing Routh as the older statesmanlike Superman with the black crested Superman logo was overwhelmingly positive, exciting the fan base in ways we do not see all that often.

As such, the rumors and speculation circulating throughout the internet as to the idea that Brandon Routh might be getting his own Superman spinoff and/or limited series is something those in charge at CW and DC should not only be paying attention to, but actively trying to make happen as the fans are obviously clamoring for it.

With that said, fans may take heart in the fact that one of the first sources of the Routh Kingdom Come Superman spin off show came from Ryan Unicomb’s Instagram account, who has correctly scooped some other DC super rumors in the past.

In his social media post, Unicomb indicated that none other than Brandon Routh himself, along with other creatives from the 2006 Superman Returns movie, and perhaps most important of all, Greg Berlanti (who is also producing the upcoming Superman & Lois show for CW, starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch), have already met with WarnerBros to discuss the potential of a Post-Crisis Superman limited series for the CW or perhaps even HBOmax.

The most important aspect of Unicomb’s comments would seem to be the fact of Greg Berlanti’s involvement, as he has been a driving force and producer of every single Arrowverse show on the CW, along with other superhero related live action shows such as Titans and Doom Patrol. So having Berlanti pushing for and sitting alongside Routh to once again bring this amazing version of Superman to the small screen should serve to bring hope to the hearts of Superman fans across what remains of the Multiverse.

When Routh’s Superman was introduced in Crisis and told his story of loss and then fought Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman, we all new that Routh’s Superman was something special. But when Earth 96’s Superman responds to Lois who asks him why he added black to his crest, his response seemed one of the best Super answers given by any Superman in any multiverse.

Even in the darkest times, hope cuts through. Hope is the light that lifts us out of darkness.

In that moment, many a DC, Arrowverse and Superman fan innately felt the hair on their arms stand and realized that this Superman and in conjunction, this older Brandon Routh, embodied that rare spirit that makes a Super Hero truly heroic, legendary and worthy. This Superman portrayed by Brandon Routh possesses not only selfless humility, but a deep love for humanity and dare I say, hope for the future.

But perhaps even more importantly, seeing Routh’s Superman embody the full scope of Clark Kent’s heroic vision, humanity and legendary morality, was a breath of fresh super air in a time in modern history, where people need more true heroes that we can be inspired by, even if only from an ethical television perspective. What Brandon Routh’s Kingdom Come Superman could represent to us mere mortals, is another small but still important way for all of us to see how a real hero acts when it is hard to do the right thing, especially today, when it is needed most of all.

More than ever before, Brandon Routh deserves the opportunity to bring Superman to life once more, at a time when we all truly need him to inspire us even if only a little, and even if only on television. If nothing else, it is through our heroic stories that we at the very least teach our children and allow ourselves to be reminded how to be good moral people, how to treat our neighbors and how to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do.

I truly believe that at some level, Routh’s Superman is capable of helping us see that, even if it is only for a little while as we sit with our kids in our living rooms and enjoy a little Super suspension of disbelief.

This is why Brandon Routh deserves to be kept as our Superman.

If fans are wondering what if anything they can do to help make Routh’s Superman show a reality, other than hope; they can sign their names to two existing petitions linked below and make their voices and wishes heard by those that have the power to make a new Superman show a reality.

https://www.xpetition.com/en_US/petition/keep-brandon-routh-as-superman/172793
https://www.change.org/p/the-cw-television-network-give-brandon-routh-s-kingdom-come-superman-its-own-show

Tye Bourdony is the co-owner of scifipulse.net as well as the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is also a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator, deep space traveler, and the lead interstellar reporter for the Galactic Enquirer. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the staff Family Mediator and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on facebook and at www.thelightersideofscifi.com or send your thoughts and story/article ideas to tyebscifipulseditor@aol.com.
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