‘The Flash’: Brandon Routh Teases a Superman Return Opposite Michael Keaton’s Batman

The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event officially brought the DC Comics multiverse into live-action. Now alternate versions of each DC hero and villain can co-exist. The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is set to embrace this approach with 2022’s The Flash. Now Brandon Routh might have teased his Superman will make an appearance.

Kate Bosworth and Brandon Routh at the UK premiere of 'Superman Returns'
Kate Bosworth and Brandon Routh at the UK premiere of ‘Superman Returns’ | Ian West – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

‘The Flash’ will usher the multiverse into the DCEU

Inspired by the comics’ Flashpoint arc, The Flash movie will see Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) journey through alternate dimensions. Both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton are confirmed to appear as their respective versions of Bruce Wayne. Keaton’s Batman in particular hasn’t appeared on screen since 1992’s Batman Returns.

But with The Flash bringing the multiverse to the movies, fans are eager to see who else could show up in director Andy Muschietti’s (It) superhero epic. Indeed, the film presents the possibility of actors from just about every DC TV and movie to reprise their roles. To that end, perhaps no one is more ready for a big-screen return than Routh.

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Brandon Routh might have just teased his Superman return

Routh starred in 2006’s Superman Returns, in which he plays the same version of the hero as Christopher Reeve. Although a sequel was rumored for years, one never came together. Instead, Routh joined the cast of Arrow and later Legends of Tomorrow as Ray Palmer aka The Atom. But “Crisis on Infinite Earths” allowed him to finally play an Superman again.

Now Routh took to Twitter to tease the possibility he could become the Man of Steel again in The Flash movie. A fan recently tweeted their hope to see Routh’s Superman share the screen with Keaton’s Batman. And Routh playfully said in response, “It’s a fun image,” followed by a winking smiley face. But if Routh’s Superman returns, where does that leave Henry Cavill?

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Who else could appear along with Michael Keaton’s Batman?

After Justice League left the DCEU a bit of a mess, it falls to The Flash to piece the franchise back together again. Reportedly, Warner Bros. is using the movie to reboot elements of the DCEU that aren’t working. So it remains to be seen which version of Batman and Superman will stick around for the long haul after its release. After all, Cavill’s future remains unconfirmed.

In the meantime, The Flash can revive previous versions of DC characters. If The Flash visits multiple Earths, Lynda Carter — star of TV’s Wonder Woman — could return as Diana Prince. And Keanu Reeves — who has been attached to various Marvel and DC roles over the years — could bring Constantine back to life. For the first time in the DCEU, anything feels possible.