Update On Superman Appearance In ‘Green Lantern’

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So we here at Screen Rant are pretty good at thinking two steps ahead of the suits in Hollywood. That is to say, we can usually predict their next move before even they know what it is.

Screen Rant writer Jamie Williams has been the all-seeing, all-knowing, Oracle of everything Superman related. For proof of his precognitive prowess, just take a look at his early prediction that Superman Returns star Brandon Routh will most likely re-don the red and blue suit for the next supes film (which is still in the pipeline somewhere).

When the rumor mill started churning about a scene in the upcoming Green Lantern movie in which mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent pops up for a look at the new superhero on the block, the blogosphere went wild with speculation about which of the current Supermen (Smallville‘s Tom Welling or Superman Returns‘ Brandon Routh) would play Kent in the Green Lantern cameo.

Well, MTV recently caught up with Green Lantern co-writer Marc Guggenhiem, who had a little bit of info to offer on just that very subject. Were Screen Rant‘s predictions on the money? Or do we need to get a new crystal ball?

welling superman Update On Superman Appearance In Green LanternAccording to Guggenhiem:

“There were rumors that Tom Welling would have a cameo in ‘Batman Begins’ as a young Clark Kent, to meet up with a young Bruce Wayne,” Guggenheim noted. “But you have to be careful when you do things like that, because it sounds great in concept, but when you sit down to watch it, it poses the danger of pulling you out of the film.”

(Hmmmm, it’s a good thing they DIDN’T do that. That kind of tongue-and-cheek moment would’ve been TOTALLY out of place in the dark world of Batman Begins.)

When asked specifically about the  GL/Supes cameo, Guggenhiem added:

“…Robert Downey, Jr. in ‘The Hulk’ was awesome. I love that stuff in general, and I think the fans would enjoy it. Brandon Routh or even Tom Welling [in 'Green Lantern'] would be awesome. And anything is possible. The beauty part of being the writer, though, is that I don’t actually have to make that judgment call.”

No, no he does not have to make that judgment call. But you know who probably WILL make that judgment call? That’s right, Warner Bros. Studios. So what call should they make? What call will they make?

brandon routh Update On Superman Appearance In Green LanternTo bring this all around in a nice tight circle, I’ll once again defer to the wisdom of Screen Rant’s own Jamie Williams who speculated that it will most likely end up being Routh we see in Green Lantern, since DC/Warner is trying to get Superman on deck after GL hits theaters.

Speaking of GL, Guggenheim let it be known that he and fellow co-writers Michael Green and Greg Berlanti (who is also directing the film) are in the middle of their third studio revision, polishing everything to a fine finish so that Green Lantern will be the very best film it possibly can be.

“[The changes are] nothing that’s affecting the storyline, really,” he said. “It’s pretty well set. But sometimes we’ll move a scene to a different location for budget purposes, perhaps in an already established location instead of a new one. It’s a question of, which locations can we live without? It’s a constant process to streamline what you’re going through, even after the film is shot, when you’re cutting things in the edit. That’s what the rewrite process is like, how you sand down the roughness of the a movie to its smoothest.”

Hollywood politics as usual.

No word yet on if Ryan Gosling (who was rumored to be the top candidate to play GL) will in fact don the emerald ring. (Though they might want to get that figured out fairly soon. Green Lantern is still slated for Spring/Summer 2010.)

Do you think the Green Lantern movie is progressing as it should? And do you believe Screen Rant’s assessment that it will likely be Routh who makes the Clark Kent cameo? (Provided the scene makes it into the finished film, of course.)  Sound off on it and let us know.

Source: MTV News

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  1. @KEL

    I feel the same way. I think that pic of Routh with the eyeliner originated from some trippy fashion magazine. The picture I found just kinda shouts ‘SUPERMAN’ Imo. I hope it’s not too bold of me to ask if it could be used for any further articles dealing with Routh. Or at least for the love of Krypton don’t use that fashion one anymore. lol


    I agree. That is definately a Superman look.

  2. @Lunar Child

    I second that. :)

  3. Give an unknown actor the role. =D

  4. Okay, no offense to those of you who liked Superman Returns, but I thought it was an absoulte steming pile of crap. Routh and the actress who played Lois Lane wre too young to be taken seriously as the characters they were portraying. Superman was supposed to have been gone for five years before the movie and there were allusions made to the fact that it picked up the same story as the Christopher Reeves films. So…how in the heck did Superman and Lois get younger? Not a little “Hollywood” younger, either.
    The bigger problem is that Routh simply doesn’t convey the “Man of Steel” on camera. I believed him as the mild-mannered Clark Kent, but that’s only half of the role.

    My two cents. I’ll shut up now.

  5. …and they should not have tried to connect the movie to the Reeve films and just started fresh, dammit!

  6. I like Routh as Clark/Supes. he is perfect. Strip away all that was lame from SR, and you can have a good movie:
    -New actrees to replace Lois Lane
    -No son/kid
    -no love interest for Lois
    -no LUTHOR! (cripes give us some OTHER Supes villian!!!!
    -no Kryptonite!
    -No Kumar beats up Superman scene! lol
    -Better costume for Supes

  7. Ive read somewhere that Tom Welling isnt too crazy about the wearing the tights in the final episode of Smallville. Not to mention wearing tights for one more season if was talked about. I rather see Routh countinue to play superman and finish what they started. Because i hate long waits for the right, decent movie to come along. How many years long gap in between Superman Returns, and Superman 4 that came out? Whos wanna wait that long for a reboot?

  8. Plus, this is a good time to have two hero franchises be connected and pave the way for a team-up film down the road as Marvel is doing right now.

  9. These comments are full of the same people calling, time and again for Routh to reprise Supes….

    I’ve got news for all you people.. THAT’S WHY THE MOVIE BOMBED IN THE FIRST PLACE…. the simple fact is, whether or not it’s actually true… Routh looks GAY.. (as in effeminate and homosexual).. regardless of what you clothe him in…

    There is nothing manly about about him whatsoever.. and that DEFINATELY is NOT the appropriate image for SUPERMAN. He ‘may’ be a good actor (although his portrayal of Supes first time round certainly doesn’t support this…), but the most famous and recognisable superhero of all time, is not a suitable vehicle for any talents that he may have.

    As for Welling, well, …yes!.. quite simply because he looks the part and has a certain gravity (pardon the pun) about him, ALTHOUGH I do feel that he is still to young for such a momentous role, give it 5 years and there would be no one else better suited to play the part.. but can WB really afford to wait.

    Given the fact though, that WB are due to lose Supes in 2013 they may try to sabotage the character to make him a less attractive proposition to Marvel and to reduce any licence fees that they may be likely to pay… so they may just go with the stupid and inappropriate choice of Routh.

  10. @NOTRouth
    Brandon Routh wasnt the problem, it was the lack of action in the movie. As for Tom Welling, he doesnt look like it but last time i read about him he was 30 yrs old. Smallville is his thing and thats where people expects him to stay. Just curious of who would you prefer? Before Christopher Reeve was cast, ideas for supes was Robert Redford, Sly stallone, others i thought wouldnt fit the part.

  11. what the hell kind of homophobic CRAP is being promulgated on this forum?

    Brandon Routh is a model/actor.
    He doesn’t look “gay”, or “effeminate”, or anything.. he’s just a good looking dude with good skin. Christopher Reeves was just as “effeminate” as Routh, and no one is complaining about that. He wasn’t any more “masculine” than Routh. Period. Have any of you even WATCHED the original movies recently?

    If anything, Routh has a certain masculine quietness that is interesting to watch on film.

  12. @ Mike E
    Couldnt of said it better myself. Both were unknowns when casted to play Superman. I remember Routh being married to a woman so he couldnt be gay. Not that i wanted to get on that issue.

  13. Tom Welling seria o melhor superman!!!
    as pessoas acham que nao porque só lembram da imagem adolescente que ele deixou.
    Além do físico melhor Tom uniu dois ”supermans” mais famosos que são Dean Cain e Christopher Reeve.
    Chegou a hora de Tom Welling!!!

  14. Please, no more Brandon Routh – gave him a chance and he was a dissapointmet in Superman return and not to mention the fans were not to shy to experess their dissapointment.

    Tom Welling deserves a shot – he has the experience, he’s been familiar with the character for many years in the SmallVille series and I don’t care what some of these ignorant people say about him or the show because it nothing but ignorant b******* – it’s a great show and as a Superman fan, I watched it for many years and I admit, I was concerned about Welling’s acting, rather than just looking the part. But over the years, he developed the acting skills and bulding character and admitingly, he’s earned my respects. It took me a while to realize it but now I know – if theres anyone who has the skill and able to get the job done, It should be Tom Welling and I’m not saying it because I’m a fanboy, I know what I’m talking about. He’s a great choice and he has great quality thats close to Christopher Reeve and it would do JUSTICE to have Welling to be casted for the part. Come on, seriously, he’d make a great Superman!

  15. I hope someone at Warner Bros. reads all of the comments on this site. Superman was the first superhero that I encountered when I was a Kid. For some reason he was the only REAL superhero. Now I guess I am kind of a unofficial Superman Historian. It’s the first story about an alien from another planet that came to live with us and save us instead of destroying us. Earth is his home planet now and U.S.A. is his country.
    Here is a list of things that I would like the people at Warner Bros. to at least take a look at before doing any more damage to the Superman franchise.

    1. Brandon should remain Superman, the new Superman costume is a really nice evolution.
    2. Superman should be seen as a God-like savior of Earth, Not a week lovesick puppy.
    3. Remember, Clark Kent is Superman’s secret I.D. Not the other way around.
    4. Superman is both an unstoppable force and a immovable object. He has absolute power and knows nothing of self doubt.
    5. Superman stands for “Truth, Justice, and THE AMERICAN WAY” !!!! He is after all a naturalized American citizen who loves his country.
    6. Show us the Superman of today and beyond. Everybody knows Superman’s origins. He is after all the first superhero EVER.
    7. Superman is a BAD ASS, show that to everyone in the theaters.
    8. Less of Kent, More of Superman doing his thing. Please see #3.
    9. Please give Superman a super enemy that will push him to all of his limits.
    10. Lex Luther is supposed to be totally mentally disturbed, insane, unstable, and ruthless, yet his intelligence is beyond calculation. Like the Joker with a brain, less hair, more money, and a plan.
    11. Lois Lane needs to be really Hot, Like 11 out of 10 hot, swim suit model hot. Not some single mom.
    12. Superman is NOT a DADDY.
    13. Superman is to be shining example to all mankind.