Superman returns the actor Brandon Routh has emerged as a popular candidate with fans to play Reed Richards in the next Fantastic Four film. As it is now, another Fantastic Four restart is said to be in the works, with a new incarnation of the crimefighting team making its debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No casting information has been released yet. Until then, Marvel fans will continue to do their own fantasy casting on social media.
Recently, Fantastic Four was a trend on Twitter as fans attended their own fantasy casting of the main characters. One particularly interesting name suggested by many fans is Routh, who is best known for playing Clark Kent in the 2006 film Superman Returns. The proposal even intrigued many fans who didn’t see Routh as a possibility before seeing the actor’s name on social media with Fantastic Four.
“Oh my god, I never saw Brandon Routh as Reed. That’s perfect!” tweeted a fan.
“Amazing picks, especially Brandon Routh as Reed Richards,” replied another fan to the fantasy casting. “Marvel has to make this happen now that they are doing it [have the] rights again. “
Another fan tweeted, “I would absolutely be with Brandon Routh as Reed Richards.”
Lots and lots of other tweets from fans listing their selections for the Fantastic Four casting selection, and while the names for the other actors could be different, Routh was often named for Reed Richards. Even so, the big favorite seems to be John Krasinski, who was often named as Reed Richards and Sue Storm along with his real-life wife, Emily Blunt. Krasinski has publicly said he was open to the role and has been the subject of fan art on many occasions.
Some fans are also interested in seeing tenet star John David Washington at the next Reed Richards. This comes from an interview with Nerd Reactor last year in which 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 attending this meeting. Where do I sign?” Washington said about the possibility.
We also see all sorts of other names suggested for the rest of the team members. Various popular picks for Sue Storm, also known as the Invisible Woman, include Emily Blunt, Natalie Dormer, and Samara Weaving. Names suggested for Johnny Storm, also known as Human Torch, include Zac Efron, Dacre Montgomery, and Dylan Sprouse. Meanwhile, Ben Grimm, also known as The Thing, had a selection of fantasy castings, including John Cena, Terry Crews, and Seth Rogen.
In any case, we will most likely continue to see different names listed until official casting announcements are made while fans search for their favorites to get specific roles. It’s unclear when exactly Fantastic Four will be released or if the characters will make their MCU debut by appearing in other Marvel films. As for Routh, the actor has more recently played The Atom in the Arrowverse and even had to repeat his role as Superman for the crisis on Infinite Earth’s TV crossover event. Time will tell if he makes his way to the MCU. jscomicart on Instagram has invited Brandon Routh as Reed Richards since early 2020, as you can see in fanart below.
The other “quote tweets” responding to these guys’ fan picks (which is damned masterfully done, by the way) are enough to give me goddamn cancer.
Amazing picks all the way especially Brandon Routh as Reed Richards. Marvel needs to let this happen now that they have rights again. https://t.co/BjUR1jEOHu
– GarbageGamerx (@GarbageGamerX) April 15, 2021
I would absolutely be with Brandon Routh as Reed Richards.
– Tony Duncan (@NerdyLadd) April 15, 2021
Brandon Routh as Reed Richards
Ana de Armas as Sue Strom
Evan Peters as Johnny Strom
John Cena as Ben Grimm
– Ariful Hamzaa #RestoreTheSnyderVerse (@HamzaaAriful) April 15, 2021
This is perfect. Brandon Routh’s Ray Palmer was a dry run for Reed Richards. https://t.co/ObLtqoGWop
– Vlad Stakeumms @ (@Vlad_Stakeumms) April 15, 2021
Reed – Brandon Routh
Sue – Gillian Jacobs
Johnny – Either Zac Efron or Nick Jonas
Ben – Drew Powell or Patrick Warburton
Mole Man – Bill Hader
– Toz Muzza (@Tozmuzzo) April 15, 2021
Dylan O’brien -> actor
I think my imagination is mixed but I think it’s pretty good. pic.twitter.com/CNGqZoeMYr
– Andrei Mallare @ (@ AndreiMallare2) April 15, 2021
Brandon Routh is another well-chosen option: https://t.co/HvuEB1O56A
– kemi (@ kemss21), April 15, 2021
Either Brandon Routh or John Krasinski as Reed. Emily Blunt or Natalie Dormer as a suit, Zac Effron as Johnny and I can’t imagine anything lol
– DominantCub72 #restorethesnyderverse (@ DominantCub72) April 15, 2021
Reed Richards – Chace Crawford or Brandon Routh
Sue Storm – Jennifer Lawrence or Hayden Panettiere
Johnny Storm – Robbie Amell or Taron Egerton
Ben Grimm – Jeffrey Dean Morgan or Jude Law
I’m not sure https://t.co/fAimXKy4Rj
– andrea m. (@realistlowkey) April 15, 2021