Brandon Routh Dishes on Darker Superman

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Recent movie rumors focus on the next installment of the Superman franchise.

When will a sequel to Superman Returns hit theaters? Will the tone be darker?

In a new interview, actor Brandon Routh responds to a couple of these questions.

On time line for sequel: No, I don't have a time frame. I haven't really heard the studio's stance, I've just heard what's in the media and that every time I see somebody from Warner Bros. they tell me that they are working on it and are going to figure it out soon. But that's about the answer I get.

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On a darker tone for Superman: I don't think the character necessarily has to be darker, I think he is kind of dark in a sense, emotional dark, in Superman Returns, and the movie as a whole was slightly dark, they could have had more prowess in it I suppose, and I think that's one thing that can be done in the sequel, so I don't know how much darker you want to make it necessarily. You make the stakes higher, you make the villain darker, I think that's a way to do it. But I don't think Superman himself needs to be darker.

He definitely has to struggle, how does Superman be a part of the world? And does he have to make sacrifices to be a part of that world? To fit in and what purpose does he really play in the world? Those are all kind of dark places to explore. But, I don't think Superman should ever be dark and brooding, that's not is nature. And that's now what people what to see.

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Brandon Routh is an actor and former fashion model from Des Moines, Iowa. Routh's career started off slow with a slew of small television appearances on shows that included Odd Man Out, Undressed, Gilmore Girls, One Life to Live, Cold Case, and Will & Grace.

Brandon Routh's career finally took off thanks to his uncanny resemblance to Chritopher Reeve when he was cast as Superman in Superman Returns. Since Superman, Routh has signed up to be in Tom Clancy's Without Remorse, Life is Hot in Cracktown, and, of course, the new Superman: The Man of Steel.

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