Henry Cavill might be the current Superman in the DC films but there was a time when that title belonged to Brandon Routh. Interestingly, Routh's version of the Man of Steel was expected to get more films back in the mid-2000s although that plan never came to fruition. So what exactly happened to those sequels? Routh has just revealed why we never got to see a Superman Returns 2.
Routh was interviewed by Geek House Show where he admitted that Superman Returns was supposed to get a sequel. Unfortunately, things didn't work out too well for the first movie.
"They want to make more as long as they feel like they've recouped the money that they invested into the film. At the end of the day, the studio, Warner Bros. decided it was too much of a gamble for them to do a sequel," Routh said. He further explained that those involved in the supposed sequel ended up finding other projects.
"The creative entities, the writers and the directors were on to other things. Certain people at the studio who were excited about Superman had left to go on to other projects at other studios," Routh stated. He then concluded by stating that these factors made it difficult to pursue a second movie.
"So, it was both the passion and the interest in Superman dissipated and the movie, I guess for them, didn't bring back enough monetary success for them to pull the trigger on it," Routh said.
Although a sequel to Superman Returns never happened, fans still got to see Routh fly as Kingdom Come Superman in the Arrowverse crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths.