Actor Brandon Routh is all over the geek scene lately, whether it’s playing the Man of Steel in “Superman Returns,” taking a more indie turn as Vegan musician Todd Ingram in “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” or his upcoming role as Italian comic book hero Dylan Dog in “Dead of Night.” And as if that wasn’t enough geek cred, he’s even a “World of Warcraft” gamer, too.
When I sat down with Routh during this year’s Comic-Con, I’ll admit being a little unfamiliar with his character in “Dead of Night.” Luckily for me, Routh was able to describe Dylan Dog in terms I (and I’m guessing a lot of readers here) will understand — simply put, he pulled the “Star Wars” card.
“That’s what’s cool about Dylan Dog, he’s kind of like Han Solo,” Routh said of his “normal, every day guy” character. “He just has his swagger and his charisma and his dour attitude sometimes that gets him through the day.”
As for how he feels the “Dylan Dog” comics will translate to U.S. audiences, Routh didn’t foresee any problems bringing the Italian stories to American theater audiences. In fact, he initially joked that it would be filmed in Italian, but the cast and crew decided against it.
“There’s a lot of great humor elements as well as the action and the horror and the romance. All things which translate really well to our side of the globe,” he explained.
Directed by “TMNT” filmmaker Kevin Munroe, “Dead of Night” follows supernatural investigator Dylan Dog as he hunts down monsters of all shapes and sizes around the Louisiana bayou. The film is scheduled to hit theaters in 2009.
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