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Superman Returns 'there are a lot of 'super-nerd' fans!'- Brandon Routh 5/26

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Exclusive Interview with Brandon Routh
Six U.K. based Superman fans were chosen by Warner Bros. to submit questions to various cast and crew on "Superman Returns". Most of those chosen are Superman Homepage members, and we're pleased to present their exclusive interview with Brandon Routh.

Look for more exclusive interviews with Dan Harris and Mike Dougherty (Writers), and Louise Mingenbach (Costume Designer) in the next few days.

Brandon Q: How do you feel with knowledge that you're now a part of history? You must have a great sense of pride with the knowledge that you're carrying forward the Superman legacy.


Brandon: It's a great honor to join the Superman legacy. This is a character that people all over the world know and love and everyone who has been a part of the legacy will go down in history. I'm very proud to be able to bring such a positive character to younger generations and further enrich steadfast fans love and excitement for Superman.

Q: "Superman Returns" seems to delve deeper into the real person behind the tights - Kal-El. He seems to have flaws and misgivings, which as a result gives the character greater emotional resonance. Would you agree with this, and do you think this makes for a stronger understanding of Superman as a character?

Brandon Brandon: Well, I wouldn't say that the film highlights Kal-El's flaws, but it does highlight his naivette. He is not well versed in the ways of love and so there are some stumbling blocks. His journey in this realm results in more emotional resonance. Audiences will see him deal with emotions they've felt and they get to watch him mature. As we want to be like Superman, he wants to be like us!

Q: Which of Superman's powers would you most like to have and why?

Brandon: Flight. It would be awesome to be able to be anywhere I want, and if I'm strong enough I can take someone with me!

Q: What have you learned about yourself while playing this character?

Brandon: Well, this experience shone an even brighter light on the importance of being a kind, gentle, thoughtful, non-judgmental person. It has such an amazing impact on the world.

Brandon Q: Christopher Reeve was very choosy about which films to star in; do you feel you have a responsibility to choose film projects which do not hurt your Superman image?

Brandon: I do feel a responsibility to always keep the image of Superman as it should be. This includes future films. But in truth, I am an actor at heart, so I also don't want to limit myself.

Q: How does it feel to portray a journalist like Clark Kent and then be on the opposing side being grilled by journalists, all to do with "Superman Returns"?

Brandon: Hah, well, I don't do too much actual reporting in the movie, but I know that being relaxed when answering questions is the best approach for me. That way people who want to trip me up or get under my skin won't have the upper hand.

Brandon Q: Has it sunk in yet? That in two months time the rest of the general public and not just us super-nerd fans will know you as 'Superman'? (Am really excited for you!)


Brandon: Well, there are a lot of 'super-nerd' fans! Which is awesome, cause I can be very nerdy, so don't sell yourself short on the fan base. But yes I've thought about it for sure. There is no real way to conceive of how big it could be. I aim to take it in stride and have a good time.

Q: If you were in Lois' shoes would you be angry at Superman for leaving, and could you forgive him?


Brandon: Hah, YES. Just because you don't know the right words to say doesn't mean you shouldn't tell someone you are leaving. It's always best to communicate when heavy emotions are involved.

Q: As an actor playing Clark/Superman, is there any new challenge or scenario you think could be interesting to see Clark/Superman face?

Brandon Brandon: Maybe Superman being a teacher? And by that I mean for him to really speak to people and impart his philosophy on life to the masses rather than just by saving things.

Q: Publicity photos have shown that you're a virtual carbon copy of the young Chris Reeve when dressed as Clark Kent, will your portrayal of Clark be similar to Reeve's awkward nerd approach, or have you incorporated any characteristics of any of the other 'Clarks'?

Brandon: I think Clark is inherently what society would label 'nerdy'. But I don't play him that way. Any awkwardness or goofiness really comes out of his pure joy and excitement at being around Lois and other people.
 
would have been better if he just blurted that out instead of Younis giving him the line in his question, but it's still pretty funny :up: I cant begin to imagine the things that must run through Routh or Welling's mind when they read message boards....
 
interesting so his version of Clark is not so much nerdy as he is overly excited
 
Great interview. And Clark won't do a lot of reporting hun?
 
Good interview. The more I read and hear from him, the more Brandon strikes me as being a someone who has a pretty good grip on who the character of Superman is, and that's very important. Also, glad to hear Clark may not be as "nerdy" as he appears to be from the trailers so far.
 
You know, I really like the idea of a Clark who is quiet, polite, yet confident and charming (kind of George Reeves style) around everyone else... it's just that around Lois he gets more timid, shy, excited and clumsy. It would be the perfect way to combine the Chris Reeve style Clark with the George Reeves style.

Anyway, the way Routh describes his take on Clark sounds good.
 
lujho said:
You know, I really like the idea of a Clark who is quiet, polite, yet confident and charming (kind of George Reeves style) around everyone else... it's just that around Lois he gets more timid, shy, excited and clumsy. It would be the perfect way to combine the Chris Reeve style Clark with the George Reeves style.

Anyway, the way Routh describes his take on Clark sounds good.

Yes. For all of us who turn to bumbling idiots around women we really, really like (or love), it makes perfect sense. Been there, done that. Some women just turn my brains into mush. :)
 
The Incredible Hulk said:
would have been better if he just blurted that out instead of Younis giving him the line in his question, but it's still pretty funny :up: I cant begin to imagine the things that must run through Routh or Welling's mind when they read message boards....

Starts with L, and ends with S.

:)

Care to buy a vowel?
 
Glad to hear Clark won't be too nerdy, at least I hope not. I'd like to see him more like in the comics and Lois and Clark, just a regular guy.
 
The Incredible Hulk said:
would have been better if he just blurted that out instead of Younis giving him the line in his question, but it's still pretty funny :up: I cant begin to imagine the things that must run through Routh or Welling's mind when they read message boards....

If I were them I'd avoid it.
 

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