Originally Posted by Bruce_Begins
At the time of SR, many top critics gave the movie a favorable reviews, some even praised Routh as Superman, I don't remember anyone criticizing Routh's performance.
But the fan community was divided, many found Routh's acting as wooden and lacklusture, I think that this may have been due to script which did not give him enough lines and the story which required Superman to look sad and serious most of the time coupled with the fact that there was little action in the movie.
But, Superman community was divided even before the movie was released, there were few people who were in the Tom Welling camp, to them nobody but Welling was suited for the role, then few were in the Chris Reeve camp who thought that there should be no more Superman movies as there could be no one who can fill in Chris Reeve's shoes.
Contrast this with Marvel fans who are united and support all Marvel Studios movies, regardless of the changes made to the source material.
This is true. The first many critics out pretty much praised the film.
And no one criticized Rouths performance as I recall. The "worst" written I ever saw, was that: "Routh actually does a pretty decent job in the lead role!"... And from there on it was only better and better praise.
I for one know one thing. If ANYTHING. Routh was one of the few things that really did work in SR! He was really good. Just sad that he wasn't given too much to do, OR to say! He was kinda poor directed too. But he was NEVER the problem. The story and lack of action was the problem. Among with pacing problems and other small factors. I really hoped that he got the chance to don the suit ones again for MOS. I felt really bad for him that he didn't get the chance. At first I couldn't understand why they would waste time re-casting Clark/Superman. But when all was explained and things started falling in to place, and that MOS was proving to be a whooole new ball-game, starting from a totally clean slate. Well. Than it began to make sense to me, and why they kinda felt the need to cast a completely new superman, that they found in Cavill.