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SDCC 2019: Brandon Routh To Return As Superman In Arrowverse Crossover With Batman’s Burt Ward

The Man of Steel’s legacy on the big screen is a long-standing one, with many having donned his red-caped, blue-suited outfit over the years. Brandon Routh is perhaps one of the more recognised names of the list, following his stint as Superman in the 2006 movie Superman Returns.

It’s been more than a decade since then, but that doesn’t mean the actor has ditched his on-screen persona for good. With the Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event set for Fall 2019, Routh will be playing the DC Comics superhero yet again, alongside Batman‘s Burt Ward.

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Deadline first reported the news on Twitter, which was then confirmed by the actor himself, as he responded, “Honored, humbled, grateful, and still pinching myself.”

The times ahead will be hectic for Routh. In addition to being cast in Crisis on Infinite Earths, he’s also currently filling the role of The Atom in CW’s superhero-packed series Legends of Tomorrow, and has been picked to star as the Kingdom Come Superman sometime in the near future.

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Meanwhile, Burt Ward, who portrayed Robin in the 1960s’ Batman series, is set to appear in the upcoming crossover as well, though his role has yet to be detailed.

“We’re currently working on the crossover,” Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries shared at a panel during San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2019. “We’ve got a ton, a ton, a ton of characters coming to the five-part event…Burt Ward will be making an appearance [in Crisis on Infinite Earths]. “

For the uninitiated, Crisis is based on the DC Comics miniseries in 1985 and 1986, where the idea of multiple Superman incarnations is explored. The show will include the Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman universes, with the first three parts airing in December 2019, and the other two in early 2020.


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