The manip of Reeve is much lighter than the unaltered Routh pic. And that's going to make a difference in apparent size. Someone in a black leotard is going to look skinnyer than the same guy in a white one, to take it to extremes. Also, the deeper shadows of the unaltered pic increases the apaprent thin-ness of the person, and the fact that one's isolated on a white background probably has an effect too. Show me that same pic of Routh, with the same lightness of the Reeve manip and on a white background and Routh will look the same size of the Reeve manip. That said, the Reeve manip doesn't look half bad. Look... the real issue is that the suit ain't perfect and neither is Routh. A better suit would make Routh look better, and a better actor would make the suit look better. It's a multiplying effect... if Brandon is say, 80% perfect as Superman and the suit is say, 80% perfect, then overall (80% * 80%) that's only 64% percent. I still support Routh, but the suit could be more favourable on him even though it's not awful. And conversely, If Routh were bigger and looked more like Supes facially, then yeah, the suit wouldn't seem so bad.