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    Routh Says Terms of His Superman Contract Have Expired

    Among the many ways the Internet continues to improve our lives, one of the coolest is Google Translate.

    I love that you can take a story written in another language and, with a few keystrokes, turn it into something that you can read in your own language.

    The translations aren't perfect, of course, but you can certainly get the idea.

    Anyway, recently visited the site of the forth-coming comic book movie "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." While there, they took the time to sit down and talk with Brandon Routh.

    Here is the Google Translated version of the site's article:

    During our visit to the set of Scott Pilgrim, adaptation to the screen of Brian Lee O'Malley's independent comic, the omelet chatted with Brandon Routh, who plays "evil ex-boyfriend number 3."

    Obviously, we could not stop without asking him about the status of the franchise's Man of Steel, where he played Clark Kent / Superman in Superman Returns.

    "I do not know of anything," said Routh. "I'm sure that Warner Bros. is moving there, but everything is still uncertain. Really, I do not know anything."

    Then commented that he thought a certain injustice that Batman Begins, the reboot of the franchise of Batman had opened lower than expected by the studio - as Superman - but won a second chance and ended up proving to be an absurdly lucrative series in Batman - The Knight of Darkness.

    "It's exactly how I feel," agreed Routh.

    Then discuss the main reason why the film may not have excited the public as it should: the lack of action scenes. "I think missing some beating. You know, it is curious, but in the middle of the show I realized it - I just noticed that caught the whole movie and had no chance to retaliate."

    Routh also confirmed he has no contract to play the super-hero. "The term contract has expired. But if they call me again, back to the character without thinking twice."

    The full interview with the actor will be published towards the release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in 2010.

    The key parts are:

    * Routh still does not know what's going on with the Superman series

    * The terms of his contract to play Superman have expired

    * He still wants to play the role, and would return without thinking twice

    * Routh admits the movie needed more action

    Hopefully, we will get a true translation of the article soon enough. But you can definitely pick up what Routh is saying. And Routh, even in a broken English translation of Portugese, still sounds far more lucid about the movie series than Bryan Singer does these days.

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    Reader Comments (10)

    This is a shame. Routh is an EXCELLENT Superman, and I hope that whenever the "Man of Steel" reenters the realm of cinema, it's Routh wearing those famous tights once more.

    07-2-2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

    Gah, I'm so pissed. Hopefully WB will be smart and call Routh back. It's really hard to picture another actor playing Superman.

    07-2-2009 | Unregistered CommenterZane

    Really, all I have to say is 'BRING ROUTH BACK!' I liked Superman Returns, he was one of the best things about SR. WB better re-sign Routh, he IS Superman.

    07-2-2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan

    :( Ugh, I can't believe all of this. I remember watching Superman Returns in theaters for the first time, and I was blown away by it. And the best thing about it was Mr. Brandon Routh. He just NAILED IT. He was fantastic! He IS Superman! Sigh, open your eyes, WB, and bring Superman/Brandon back to cinemas ASAP, please.

    07-2-2009 | Unregistered CommenterStar

    Man, this freakin sucks. I really wanted Routh in the soft reboot of the movie. He was an awesome Superman.

    07-2-2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarlJ

    Hmmm, I posted a comment here yesterday. Oh well I guess it got lost somehow. Anyway.

    This news made me really sad. I want Brandon Routh back in the suit. He is and will remain MY Superman and I have been a Superman fan since the late fifties and just learning to read. I hope WB wises up and resigns him. He is the perfect choice for the part of Superman/Clark Kent and surely they know that.

    Thanks Sean for staying on top of things and sharing it with all of us in your great articles.

    07-3-2009 | Unregistered CommenterVanna

    Vanna: So you know, your comment was not lost. You wrote it at, where this story also appears. Thanks for reading.

    07-3-2009 | Registered CommenterSean Gerski

    Thanks for the info. Great story! I loved Routh as superman! I wish they'd just start on the next movie already!

    07-6-2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

    I've heard that Routh once said to "Latino Review" off the record "If it were up to me it would have been an origin story, explaining for a new audience how Superman became who he is. It should have had a fresh start like to that of Batman Begins. I understand Singer's reasons for wanting to tell a return story, since the character has been gone for a long time, but I think a lot of the audience was of a new generation. This generation did not get a chance to discover, and a long with the last generation rediscover Superman in our modern world."

    Interesting stuff.

    07-22-2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdministrator

    i thought brandon routh was superb in superman returns i got the dvd when released and i watched it religiously everyday for a year almost he was perfect he has the innocence and depth of a pure hearted truthfullness of what supes time round he will be a more mature superhero for sure and im sure a script could be written to make him a bit more harder as this earth has got more sinister.dont break the continuity powers that be bring back brandon.

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