Despite Brandon Routh starring in the 2006 Superman movie, the legendary Christopher Reeve had another candidate for the job.
Superman, the most popular hero of all time, has been repeatedly portrayed both in film and on television. However, within the many times it made it to the big screen, it was immortalized Christopher Reeve. The actor wore the cape and leggings four times.
1978, 1980, 1983 and 1987 were the years in which the artist stood out as Clark Kent, being the person with the most films like the Kryptonian. Henry Cavill, the last one with the cloak, was in three, not counting the Snyder’s Cut.
Thus, with all this, Reeve is eternally an authoritative voice when it comes to the vigilante of Metropolis. With all that authority, the now-deceased celebrity had given his verdict on who he wanted to succeed him. His answer was clear, Tom Welling, who was placed in the role in the famous series Smallville.
On this, Welling confessed how was the way in which the legend of the cinema addressed him to confess all the above.
“I remember at the end (Christopher Reeve) said to me, ‘I’m so glad you were chosen to be the next Superman.’ I was like, ‘Well, they didn’t.’ It was then that Brandon (Routh) got the role (for Superman Returns 2006). And he said, ‘Well, they should have. It gives me chills to think about that. It was great to feel like he had put the sword on my shoulders and knighted me in some way. It was very special”.
On the other hand, the actor referred to the episode Devoted, which aired 3 days after Reeve’s death and in which the artist appeared.
“If you watch that episode, Reeve imposes his authority given his situation. He can’t move, but he’s so compelling… All of that added to Clark’s excitement about what was happening.”, Concluded the artist.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter