Just when everyone thought the celebrity line-up was finalized, there is a big surprise announcement - the actor who portrayed the Man of Steel in "Superman Returns", Brandon Routh will flying into Metropolis to meet fans during the 33rd Annual Superman Celebration, June 9 - 12.
Superman co-chair Karla Olgle explained Routh had expressed interest in being a part of the Metropolis celebration but was unsure if his current filming schedule would allow him to make the trip.
"Once we learned he could indeed travel in early June, we began finalizing the details to add him to our line-up," Ogle said. "We are so excited that he will be here in Metropolis!"
Prior to Routh's casting as Superman, Warner Bros. had spent over a decade developing a plan to relaunch the franchise, with possible stars including Nicolas Cage and planned helmers including Tim Burton, Wolfgang Petersen, McG, Brett Ratner and Shekhar Kapur. Initially the studio reportedly considered a roster of name actors for the iconic role, including Josh Hartnett, Ashton Kutcher, Jude Law, Brendan Fraser, Jim Caviezel and Smallville star Tom Welling. But when Bryan Singer came aboard to direct the film, he insisted that a fresh face be cast to play the part of the famed comic book superhero in the tradition of film's most famous Man of Steel, Christopher Reeve.
Routh, then 25, who won a Hollywood Halloween costume contest in 2003 by dressing as Clark Kent with his shirt open to reveal the Superman "S" underneath had previously auditioned for McG and was tapped by Singer after extensive casting calls in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Impressed by his resemblance to the comic book icon and finding the actor's humble Midwestern roots a perfect fit for the hero's all-American persona, within the first few minutes of meeting Routh, Singer knew "[Routh] is my Superman."
Following "Superman Returns", Routh has had several supporting roles in television and film. More recently, he portrays the Dylan Dog eponymous protagonist of another comic book film, "Dylan Dog: Dead of Night."
Brandon will be appearing at the celebrity autograph sessions on Saturday, June 11th and will sign either the Planet special Edition, Superman Celebration Program Book, or Celebration Poster at no charge with a limit of 2 autographs per fan. Fans may bring in collectible items or clothing of their own to be signed by Brandon for $30 per item. 8x10 photos will also be available for purchase at the autograph sessions.
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