Superman returns actor Brandon Routh has emerged as a popular candidate with fans to play in the next Reed Richards Fantastic four movie. As it is now, one more Fantastic four reboot would be in the works with a new incarnation of the crimefighting team making their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No casting information has been revealed yet, and until that happens, Marvel fans will continue to do their own fantasy casting on social media.
Recently, Fantastic four was trending on Twitter when fans took part in their own fantasy casting of the lead characters. A particularly interesting name suggested by many fans is Routh, who is best known for playing Clark Kent in the 2006 movie Superman returnsThe suggestion has intrigued even many fans who hadn’t considered Routh as a possibility before seeing the actor’s name trending with Fantastic four on social media.
‘Oh my god, I never saw Brandon Routh as Reed. That is perfect!’ one fan tweeted.
“Great choices all the way down, especially Brandon Routh as Reed Richards,” said another fan in response to the fantasy casting. “Marvel needs to let this happen now they do [have the] rights again. “
Another fan tweeted, “I would definitely be up against Brandon Routh as Reed Richards.”
Many, many other tweets from fans mention their choices for Fantastic four casting choices, and while the names may be different for the other actors, Routh has regularly dropped the name for Reed Richards. Still, the big favorite appears to be John Krasinski, who has often been named along with real-life wife Emily Blunt to play Reed Richards and Sue Storm. Krasinski has said publicly that he would be open to the role and that he has been the subject of fan art on many occasions.
Some fans would also like to see Tenet star John David Washington will play the next Reed Richards. This stems from an interview last year with Nerd Reactor where Washington said he would be on board to play Mister Fantastic if Kevin Feige happened to call and ask him.
“Wow, I would say, ‘Well thank you for having me, thank you for taking this meeting, where do I sign?’ Washington said of the possibility.
We also see all kinds of other names suggested for the rest of the team members. Several popular picks for Sue Storm, aka Invisible Woman, include Emily Blunt, Natalie Dormer, and Samara Weaving. Names suggested for Johnny Storm, aka Human Torch, include Zac Efron, Dacre Montgomery, and Dylan Sprouse. Meanwhile, Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, has made fantasy casting choices, including John Cena, Terry Crews, and Seth Rogen.
In any case, we’ll most likely keep seeing different names until official casting announcements are made, as fans search for their particular favorites to get certain roles. It is unclear exactly when Fantastic four is released, or if the characters first make their MCU debuts by appearing in other Marvel movies. As for Routh, the actor has recently seen The Atom play in the Arrowverse and even landed his role as Superman for the Crisis on Infinite Earths TV crossover event. Time will tell if he makes his way to the MCU. jscomicart on Instagram has been introducing Brandon Routh as Reed Richards since early 2020, as you can see in the fan art below.
Subjects: Fantastic Four, Superman