First Look: Brandon Routh’s Kingdom Come Superman Revealed

This is not a drill! It’s really happening.

Earlier today, The CW released the official first look at Brandon Routh in the role of Superman from the forthcoming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” event.

This has to be the most comic-book-accurate costume to ever come to The CW, other than a couple of specific textures on the suit, the look is so dead-on that it looks almost exactly like pieces of fan art that you might have seen floating around on the internet in the last few years.

Routh, who first played the role of Superman in the 2006 theatrical release Superman Returns, and right now there is no word on whether this will specifically tie to the continuity of his film, or whether (as in the comics) his Lois (played in the film by Kate Bosworth) will have died in his backstory.

“Crisis on Infinite Earths” has loomed over the Arrowverse for years. The series premiere of The Flash featured an allusion to the hero disappearing amid red skies in the year 2024. During the original comics event, red skies were a sign of doom to come to a world during the Crisis. At the end of last season, a couple of things happened: The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), who had appeared in “Elseworlds,” reappeared and revealed that Oliver Queen was destined to die in the Crisis…and the future newspaper at STAR Labs rolled back the expected date of the Crisis from 2024 to 2019.

In the comics, Crisis on Infinite Earths centered on a battle between the combined superheroes of the DC multiverse and an immortal, cosmic threat known as the Anti-Monitor. Like The Monitor, the Anti-Monitor will be played by LaMonica Garrett in the Arrowverse.

The crossover will also feature guest appearances by Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, John Wesley Shipp as the Flash of Earth-90, Johnathon Schaech as Jonah Hex, Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne, and Ashley Scott as The Huntress.

“Crisis on Infinite Earths” kicks off on Sunday, December 8 on Supergirl, runs through a Monday episode of Batwoman and that Tuesday’s episode of The Flash.

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Pedro Heizer

The founder and host of the Comic Misfits podcast, Pedro is a huge comic book fan that believes all fans should have a seat at the geekdom table, not just the ones who have been here for a long time. Comic Misfits is a website, and podcast where fans from all walks of the fandom can feel comfortable talking and learning about their favorite characters and even learning a thing or two about a new character!

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