In rebooting the "Superman" franchise, Warner Bros. Pictures have been looking forward to introduce a darker Superman, but it seems that Brandon Routh has a different opinion about it. In an interview with IESB, the man who plays the titular character in "Superman Returns" said that he doesn't "think the character necessarily has to be darker".
"I think he is kind of dark in a sense, emotional dark, in Superman Returns, and the movie as a whole was slightly dark, they could have had more prowess in it I suppose, and I think that's one thing that can be done in the sequel, so I don't know how much darker you want to make it necessarily," he explained. "You make the stakes higher, you make the villain darker, I think that's a way to do it."
He went on insisting, "But I don't think Superman himself needs to be darker. He definitely has to struggle, how does Superman be a part of the world? And does he have to make sacrifices to be a part of that world? To fit in and what purpose does he really play in the world? Those are all kind of dark places to explore. But, I don't think Superman should ever be dark and brooding, that's not is nature. And that's now what people what to see."
Aside from dissing out darker Superman idea, he remains coy about his potential participation on the reboot. "I haven't really heard the studio's stance," he said when asked whether the studio have given him a time frame for the project. "I've just heard what's in the media and that every time I see somebody from Warner Bros. they tell me that they are working on it and are going to figure it out soon. But that's about the answer I get."
In addition, the 29-year-old also gave out whom he thinks should be Superman's next villain. "I think there are a lot of things you could do with Brainiac," he gushed. "He's been given a lot of power and a lot of different abilities over the years in the comics, as far as I understand...I honestly think there are a lot of interesting things you can do with Brainiac. Controlling people, controlling technology, a lot of cool things." The full interview with Routh can be read at IESB.
Though it is still unclear whether "Superman" reboot will take the title of the scrapped sequel, "Superman: The Man of Steel", reports have claimed that comic book writer and creator Mark Millar has planned on a trilogy for the reboot. He mentioned that the project will be an 8-hour Superman story divided into three films and released one after the other consecutively. On the story, it will follow the entire life of Kal-El from his birth to the last man left on Earth.