Singer, Routh Talk Superman Returns

The director and lead actor addressed fans at Wondercon last weekend.
Superman Returns director Bryan Singer and lead actor Brandon Routh answered fans' questions at Wondercon in San Francisco last weekend.

No earth-shattering news was spilled but according to Superhero Hype, the following was revealed:

  • - Singer said Superman Returns is larger than both X-Men and X2.

  • - He wished he could have directed both X3 and Superman Returns.

  • - Lex Luthor is "more sadistic" (Singer's exact words) in this movie, having been to prison for years.

  • - Lois Lane having a child and a fiance is the biggest problem (aside from Kryptonite) that they could think of to give Superman.

  • - The reason the "s" is so small on the costume is that they tried a larger S and it made Routh look way too small.

  • - There was never any competition between Singer's X-Men films and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man ones. Singer said he knew Raimi for 20 years and the only competition would be if they opened the same weekend.

  • - Singer said he thinks X-Men 3 will be great, now that he has seen the last trailer.

  • - Singer is working with Usual Suspects screenwriter Chris McQuarrie on a Logan’s Run remake.

Meanwhile, legacy Superman director Richard Donner addressed talk that Superman Returns was meant as a sequel to his Superman and Superman II from the 1970s: "Bryan Singer directed 'X-Men' for my wife [Laura Schuler Donner]," Donner told us, "and Bryan and the two writers, Dan and Mike, during the making of 'X-Men,' were in their trailer every time there was a break, and those guys would sit there and watch 'Superman.' They could remember things that even I couldn't remember! The three of them are great, crazy kids, and I watched them put 'Superman' together, then Bryan called me one day and said, 'They offered me 'Superman' and this is what I wanted all my life.' He's perfect for it, because he's totally emotionally committed to it, as are the two writers. They wanted me to see material, but I don't want to. I want to see the movie. If it is [a sequel to my movies], I'm happy to see these kids get success from it."
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