EXCLUSIVE: ‘Dead Of Night’ Star Brandon Routh Talks PG-13 Rating And Villains

Actor Brandon Routh will complete a unique comic book movie trifecta when he wraps work on “Dead of Night.” The star of “Superman Returns” already grabbed a top-shelf role in a superhero movie, and soon he’ll appear in theaters in a live-action adaptation of “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,” based on the hit indie comic.

The third jewel in his comics-movie crown will be his starring role as Dylan Dog in the upcoming film “Dead of Night,” which will round out his résumé nicely with an Italian comics horror property — one which Routh told MTV News his producers might lighten up a bit from its source material.

“The comic property would probably be rated ’R,’ we’re going for a PG-13 so more people can enjoy the film,” Routh told MTV News regarding the “Dead of Night” adaptation. “It’s [not just] gore and horror, it’s a lot more straight action, with a bit of comedy.”

The original Dylan Dog comics by Tiziano Sclavi included mature subject matter in their stories of the horror detective’s surreal investigations into the macabre. Routh sounded convinced about the decisions being made to keep things PG-13 in the adaptation, but he also expressed excitement about the elements the film will be plucked directly from the source material, including the story’s villains, which he said would include vampires, werewolves and zombies.

“We have an end villain that’s going to be exciting,” he said. “It’s a bigger, badder-asser version of one of the creatures.”

Routh also added that he’ll be getting far more violent on-screen as Dylan Dog than as Todd Ingram in “Scott Pilgrim.”

“Although I don’t throw punches in [’Scott Pilgim Vs. The World’],” the actor explained. “I throw a lot of punches, and get the crap beat of me in [’Dead of Night’].”

What do you think of the decision to keep “Dead of Night” family-friendly enough for a PG-13 rating? What about Brandon Routh’s recent choices for comic book movie roles? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!