The Superman Returns sequel appears to be going a whole new route. As if it wasn’t already bad enough that “Superman Returns” writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris have opted not to come back for the next movie which is already titled Superman: Man of Steel, but now it is being reported that ‘Superman’ himself Brandon Routh and director Bryan Singer have both been dropped from the new film.
A younger Superman will appear in “Superman: Man Of Steel” – effectively replacing 28-year-old Routh as the story focuses on the superhero’s relationship with fellow DC Comics characters The Justice League.
Moviemaker Bryan Singer is “too busy” working on other projects to commit to the sixth movie in the superhero franchise, reports Variety. It is hoped shooting on “Superman: Man Of Steel” will begin after the Hollywood writers strike is resolved for a 2009 release.
UPDATE: Since posting this last night, my other sources to this story have been updated with info stating that Warner Brothers has confirmed Brandon Routh will indeed be in the new movie.