'Superman Returns' Star Brandon Routh On Superman Going Dark, Updates On 'Dylan Dog' Movie

'Superman'By now we've all heard about DC's intentions to "go dark" on their upcoming slate of films -- and more specifically, the rumors about making the next "Superman" film take a note from "The Dark Knight" in terms of tone and story.

Since then, just about everyone in Hollywood and within the comic industry has put their 2-cents in on the subject of what to do with "Superman" -- everyone that is, except the star of "Superman Returns," Brandon Routh.

However, over at IESB.com, Routh broke his silence on whether or not Superman should be darker, saying, "I don'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...You make the stakes higher, you make the villain darker, I think that's a way to do it. 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 his nature."

In addition to the hot topic of "Superman" going dark, Routh was also pressed on the status of a follow-up and if he'd be a part of it.

"I don't have a time frame," said Routh. "I haven't really heard the studio's stance, 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."

The actor also talked about his upcoming role in another comic book film, "Dead of Night," based on the comic "Dylan Dog," about a supernatural private eye who hunts monsters in London.

"All the paperwork is being finalized finally and we are looking really strong for a January, mid-January start I believe, in New Orleans," said Routh. "And, [director] Kevin [Munroe] and I are looking at the script again and he's got his draft and I am excited about it."

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