We've got a pretty interesting rumor floating around for DC fans. Specifically, those who enjoyed seeing Brandon Routh return as Superman in the recent Crisis on Infinite Earths Arrowverse crossover event. Routh originally played the character in 2006's Superman Returns and the response to his return has been overwhelmingly positive online. With that, it seems Warner Bros. is interested in bringing the actor back for his own limited series as the Man of Steel.
Warning: first off, this post will contain spoilers for ArrowVerse crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths. Read on at your own risk. Second, this is just a rumor for the time being and has not been confirmed by anyone alleged to be associated with the project. So it shouldn't be regarded as anything more for the time being. That having been said, Ryan Unicomb, who has been correct with a few DC scoops in the past, took to Instagram recently to share the following after supposedly hearing the same information from two different sources.
"I have heard this twice now in too close a fashion for it to be a false lead, so I'm willing to put this out there. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response to his brief appearance in the 2019/20 Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event; actor Brandon Routh, Producer Greg Berlanti & a small collection of creatives originally involved in 2006's 'Superman Returns' have met with WarnerBros over the last few days to discuss the potential of a Post Crisis Superman limited series for The CW or the more likely option, HBOmax. The outing would see Routh return as the titular character and reunite him with "established characters in Superman lore". This would be developed alongside the recently announced straight to series Superman & Lois, also Produced by Greg Berlanti."
There's a lot to unpack there. First off, it seems the idea would be to pick up with Brandon Routh's Superman on his version of Earth after the events of the recent crossover. The end of Crisis on Infinite Earths reveals his Superman is still alive and well, and rocking a costume much more akin to what fans are familiar with, as opposed to the Kingdom Come look he was sporting during the event.
There's also the matter of Greg Berlanti's involvement, which makes sense, given that he's produced every Arrowverse show, as well as shows like Titans and Doom Patrol, amongst many others. As far as The CW vs HBO Max bit goes, HBO Max seems like the logical home. The CW already ordered Superman & Lois to series. Plus, HBO Max needs content that can attract subscribers after it launches in May. Not to mention that the idea of a miniseries seems off-brand for The CW.
For what it may be worth, Brandon Routh wrapped up his work as Atom on Legends of Tomorrow last year and, at present, doesn't have any other announced projects on the books. So he would, in theory, be free to do a new Superman show, should that truly be in the cards. You can check out the full post from itsryanunicomb's Instagram.