The actor who played the superhero admitted that he had a hard time after the failure of the film directed by Bryan Singer. Actor Brandon Routh was sincere and told for the first time how difficult it was for him to accept that the Superman who had incarnated for the big screen would never come back.
In 2005, the director of the hitherto recognized and acclaimed X-Men saga, Bryan Singer, announced that he would bring Superman back to the screen and everyone thought that a new era of films about the Kryptonian would begin
However, the film was a failure affecting all the plans, especially the actor who wore the cape.
In a talk on the Inside of You podcast with Michael Rosenbaum – the Lex Luthor of the Smallville series -, Routh was sincere when he talked about the “trauma” he experienced after the failure of Superman Returns in 2006, unable to leave the character, nor to the idea of a sequel that would never come:
“The end of my career as a Superman in Superman Returns did not happen the way I thought and how everyone around me knew what was going to happen. I really had a hard time accepting it. There was no sequel, the film was well-reviewed, people liked it, but won almost 400 million dollars worldwide and that was not enough. It was a failure that I accepted very slowly because of the small possibility of a sequel in the next two or three years.
“She knew me better then and knows me better now. The end of my role as Superman was a very hard denial process in which I could fall into alcohol, drugs or the party, but instead, I played World of Warcraft like crazy. It was a defense mechanism until I finally accepted it. She was part of that whole process. ”
Routh’s wife, Courtney Ford, is currently part of the cast of the Legends of Tomorrow series as well as her husband, who at the end of last year was able to put on the red cape again to play the Kryptonian in the Crisis television mega-crossover on Infinite Earths.