Since Henry Cavill announced his exit as DC’s Superman, everyone has been on the lookout for who would be the one to succeed him. Despite the numerous rumors, DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn is always quick to debunk any false information. Obviously, fans are always quick to respond to news concerning their favorite franchise. But in Gunn’s recent update, another former Superman star had a reaction that amused fans.
With a recent entry from an anonymous source that claims The Kissing Booth's Jacob Elordi is the rumored front-runner for the DCU's new Superman, fans were both wondering and panicking if any of it has some truth. Gunn came to the fans' aid, updating them on the true status of the search for Cavill's replacement as the Kryptonian superhero by penning something on Twitter.
“My thoughts are [that] no one has been cast as Superman yet. Casting, as is almost always the case with me, will happen after the script is finished or close to finished, and it isn’t. We’ll announce a few things in not too long, but the casting of Superman won’t be one of them.🧜♂️” wrote DC’s co-head.
Fans have responded, but one response that stood out among the thread was from Brandon Routh, who took the time to respond to Gunn's tweet, stating, "The suits are too blue." a response that kept DC Universe fans entertained because the actor, too, played Superman in Superman Returns.
In Superman Returns (2006), which made Routh popular and cherished in his own right given his portrayal as the Kryptonian superhero, he became an immediate fan favorite for his portrayal of Clark Kent, an effect that was already magnified by his affinity for DC comics.
The movie received a 74% Rotten Tomatoes rating and made $391.1 million at the box office against a $223 million gross budget. Despite not doing well overall at the box office, fans ended up loving Routh’s portrayal of the Man of Steel. That’s why when he responded to Gunn’s tweet, fans hoped it could mean something deeper.
Fans were hoping that the actor would get a second chance to portray Superman, giving him the closure he deserves with his character. However, given Gunn and Peter Safran's initial announcement that they want a younger Superman in their new DCU, it seems highly unlikely that fans will get what they want from Routh.
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Under DC Studios' new management, the plan is to construct interconnected arcs and plots that span the course of numerous films, emulating Marvel's formulaic success. Within the next three to four years, at the latest, Gunn's new plans will be initiated, which will include the blueprints of the upcoming DCU and his original plans for the franchise.
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