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Routh on why Superman Returns 2 didnt happen

As for why a sequel to “Superman Returns” never happened, Routh says that a sequel was always in their plans, but various circumstances didn’t allow it to happen, including box office figures.

“The intention was to do a sequel, always to do, with a big tentpole movie like that. They want to make more as long as they feel like they’ve recouped the money that they invested into the film. At the end of the day, the studio, Warner Brothers, decided it was too much of a gamble for them to do a sequel. The creative entities, the writers and the directors were on to other things. Certain people at the studio who were excited about Superman had left to go on to other projects at other studios. So, it was both the passion and the interest in Superman dissipated and the movie, I guess for them, didn’t bring back enough monetary success for them to pull the trigger on it.”

With the possibility of multiverse versions of different DC characters popping up in the upcoming movie “The Flash,” Routh says he’s open to the possibility of coming back to play Superman one more time.

“I mean, yeah, I think that’s always a possibility. Of course, they’re bringing in Michael Keaton, which I’m excited about, and some other people from past DC projects.”

“I think it’s very exciting! It worked really well in Crisis on Infinite Earths, and I was extremely proud and honored to be a part of it and to reprise my Superman. So it’s absolutely a possibility. You can do anything! Everybody lives and dies all the time in those things.”


With production costs it needed half a billion to be considered a success.

It was pointless doing a loose sequel to Superman 1&2.


It didn't make enough money.

SR also carried all of the expenses incurred by previous attempts to get the project off the ground (including Tim Burton's).

Now a big reason why SR flopped I believe was the lack of a proper villain. Lex Luthor just being a regular human being is not enough for what audiences were expecting (not after having movies like X-Men, Matrix, Lord Of The Rings, Men In Black, The Mummy, Star Wars Prequels, etc).

Superman Returns left Superman just showing off his powers, but never physically fought another enemy like superpowers vs superpowers, I do believe that introducing some Luthor creation or something from out of space, another dimension, etc... with superpowers to battle him would have made movie way more successful.


He supported Biden. So I won't support Routh as Superman again. Time for a new Superman. Cavill needs to go, too. Get someone who looks and sounds the part. And who doesn't want to make America a socialist Utopia.