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Bring Routh Back campaign

At the behest of teh_pariah, I'm advertising this campaign:

On The Planet, or more specifically BR.C, fans of Superman Returns have begun a letter and email campaign to WB express their support of Brandon Routh, and their wish that he keep the role. I want to spread this message as far and wide as possible, especially here on LiveJournal where I know there is a large community of SR and Brandon fans. Even though it appears we will no longer get our long-promised sequel, and petition campaigns are rarely successful, we still want to put our disappointment to good use rather than passively accepting WB's rash and possibly disastrous course of action. So please, SR fans, help us by doing your part and vocalizing your support! All information and discussion can be found here: http://www.bluetights.net/theplanet/showthread.php?t=28166

The first post contains almost everything you need to know, but emails for the heads of WB are available on the second page, and right here: jeff.robinov@warnerbros.com and alan.horn@warnerbros.com.

Spread the word like a virus! Post about this in your own journals! You never know the power of fans unless you speak up and try. ;)

Postcards address:

Mr. Jeff Robinov
President, Warner Bros. Picture Group
c/o Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522


While I'm more a fan of the character than the actors who portray him, I believe Brandon should get a second chance at the franchise. If you do as well, you might think about supporting the campaign. :)

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damalur
Aug. 27th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
I feel so torn about supporting this. While I do love Brandon Routh in the role, I also feel ready to see a Superman who is a little more...confident? Experienced?

Thank you for the link, though! I'll definitely tuck it away in my memories.
htbthomas
Aug. 27th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
I guess I think the Brandon can do the "more experienced" thing if he gets a chance. Though I'd be more resigned than heartbroken if he's passed over.

But there are plenty of people on my f-list who would support this, so I thought I'd pimp it for the organizers. :)
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kabuki_party
Aug. 27th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
I'm contemplating on sending an email.. I am definitely going to send a postcard or two, though!
htbthomas
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
It certainly wouldn't hurt to let them know you support Brandon, that's for sure. :)
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brandonfan
Aug. 27th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
I will pimp the hell out of this! I think Brandon is the ONLY one who can play Superman. I think it sucks that WB is doing this to him, blaming him for the not so great sales. Keep in mind WB had spent a boat load of Money on previous directors. The same thing happend to Eric Bana after the Hulk. I'll post this on mu journal.
htbthomas
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
I thought you might be aboard! ♥
fyredancer
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
This is why I really dislike top film executives.
htbthomas
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
They are sure messing up this franchise, aren't they? At least Marvel seems to have a hopeful of direction these days.
kaimihoshi
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
So...is this reboot a 100% sure thing now? No Kate Bosworth? No Jason? What's going on? I am so utterly confused? No Man of Steel movie?
htbthomas
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
I don't think it's a for sure yet. There are still a lot of conflicting reports. I've read a range of things -- from info on spec scripts from a semi-insider about a sequel to SR, to a complete reboot.

All I know is that I would like to see Brandon play the part regardless of what version of the story finally gets made.
coltdancer
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
I have to say I am a little disturbed with these plans of WB.....I mean, it's one thing to reboot the franchise, so to speak, but some of the ideals are a little disconcerting. I think WB is seeing too many $$$ after the success of the Batman reboot and they could very easily screw this up.

As for Brandon - I thought he was great as the Blue Boy Scout, and no matter what happens with a movie, I think he should have the role.
htbthomas
Aug. 27th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
I agree, the execs seem to have a one-size-fits-all idea about what makes a sequel successful. I guess only the bombing of this darker version would convince them. But sadly, it would probably mean no more Superman movies for a while. :(

I still have hope that it's too early to really know what will happen.

I think Brandon should get another chance, too. :)
bradygirl_12
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
Argh, movie execs! One would think they'd never watched a movie in their lives!

They are doing the usual Hollywood thing: dark, brooding Batman cleans up at the box office, so they must make noises about a 'darker' Superman. Of course, Superman isn't Batman and is supposed to be a ray of hope!

As for blaming Brandon for poor box office of the first movie, he was an unknown actor who followed the director's instructions and played Superman that way.

Which I happened to like, BTW. I liked the quiet, understated Superman. I figured after so many years cooped up in the Fortress and then five years in space, he'd be more reserved than comics or even SV Clark/Superman.

Eh, WB gives me hives! They've got the more recognizable comics characters and yet Marvel's way out in front in this race!

Bleah!
coltdancer
Aug. 27th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Hear, Hear!!!
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sinanju
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Dear internet fans,

We appreciate your input. Really we do. However, the incredible blockbuster success of The Dark Knight has been a license to mint money. I mean, Jesus Christ! We're rollin' in the stuff and it ain't stopped yet!

So. Needless to say, being movie executives, we want MORE OF THE SAME. More of the same thing that made The Dark Knight such a colossal success at the movie theatres. And clearly the key ingredient in the success of The Dark Knight is the darkness.

Hence, all previous plans for movies starring Superman or Wonder Woman have been scrapped. We are retooling our entire stable of DC Comics characters in a new, contemporary, darker direction. It's a sure-fire, can't-miss guarantee of big bucks at the box office!

Alas, Brandon Routh just isn't the brooding, tormented type. You know it and I know it. So he's out. Sorry, girls. Uh, and boys.

Sure, sure--there are naysayers who will tell you that Superman isn't a dark character, that he's a four-color hero with integrity and honor and a conviction that truth, justice--all that stuff--can win the day. They'll tell you that Superman isn't a brooding, tormented figure who terrorizes criminals and tries to clean up the sewer that is Metropolis. Well, all we can say is...NOT YET he isn't!

Trust us. We know what we're doing. We're movie studio executives. You're gonna love it. Or your money back.

...okay, not really. But you're gonna love it. Trust us.

Sincerely,
Warner Brothers


Edited at 2008-08-27 03:21 am (UTC)
handyhunter
Aug. 27th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
Oh, dear.

And clearly the key ingredient in the success of The Dark Knight is the darkness.

What do they think Iron Man did? Okay, so competing studios and all that, but WB is missing the boat a bit, not that that's a huge surprise.
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svgurl
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
If SR failed to live up to expectations, I don't think that was Brandon's fault. Yes, I'm definitely not Kate Bosworth's biggest fan but to blame it not being a blockbuster hit on BR's shoulders is mean.

I liked his dorky Clark Kent persona and I honestly wished we could've gotten more Clark. That's one of the biggest things that disappointed ME ... the lack of Clois interaction.

While I prefer Tom Welling as an actor, I think that replacing BR is really pointless. Sure, he was a newcomer then but he'll have experience for the sequel. I don't see how getting some other newbie will help.

The petition is a good idea. Good luck! :)
htbthomas
Aug. 27th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
I agree -- none of this should be placed on Brandon's shoulders. He set the tone Singer wanted. I, too, loved his scenes as Clark and wanted much more.
handyhunter
Aug. 27th, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
But, more importantly, what's going to happen with Richard White?

;)
htbthomas
Aug. 27th, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
*gasp* Absolutely! Without Brandon, there'll probably be no Richard either! Perhaps a note should be added to the postcards. :D
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teh_pariah
Aug. 27th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Barb! You are made of sparkly, sparkly win! XD

Just wanted to add that if anyone here does decide to write in, someone later on in the campaign thread provided a proper address title:

Mr. Jeff Robinov
President, Warner Bros. Picture Group
c/o Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
htbthomas
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
I'll add that address to my entry, then! :)
onightingale
Aug. 29th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
I thought he did a fine job, especially for his first major foray.
htbthomas
Aug. 29th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
I agree! It would be a shame not to give him another shot.
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