Brandon Routh suits up as Kingdom Come Superman in the first Crisis on Infinite Earths image, hyping The CW’s upcoming Arrowverse crossover event.
In the official first look at “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” this year’s major Arrowverse crossover, Routh takes up the mantle once again. Now sporting graying temples, he wears the Man of Steel’s iconic red and blue suit, complete with the red briefs. On his chest, he boasts the red and black symbol of Superman as he appeared in Mark Waid and Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come.
Routh joined the Arrowverse on Arrow in 2014, but moved over to Legends of Tomorrow when that series launched in 2016. Prior to being cast as Ray Palmer, Routh played Superman in 2006’s Superman Returns from director Bryan Singer.
The costume pulls directly from the DC Comics, with the red and black symbol, simplistic belt and red accents. Kingdom Come Superman was created by writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross, debuting in the 1996 Kingdom Come Elseworlds series. The comic picks up 10 years after Superman failed to save Lois Lane from the Joker and retreated to the Fortress of Solitude, giving up his superhero mantle, but returns after some convincing from Wonder Woman. It’s unclear how much of this backstory will be adapted for Crisis on Infinite Earths and/or whether Routh’s Superman in the crossover is the same one he played in Superman Returns.
In addition to his role as Kingdom Come Superman, Routh will also reprise his DC’s Legends of Tomorrow role as Ray Palmer, aka the Atom. He will be joined by Osric Chau as Ryan Choi, who will become the new Atom in the crossover. Since Routh is exiting Legends of Tomorrow with Courtney Ford in Season 5, this could set Choi up to take over his predecessor’s spot on the team.
“Crisis on Infinite Earths” begins Sunday, December 8 at 8 pm ET/PT on Supergirl, then continues in Batwoman on Monday, December 8 at 8 pm ET/PT and in The Flash on Tuesday, December 10 at 8 pm ET/PT. After the winter hiatus, the crossover will conclude on Tuesday, January 14 in Arrow at 8 pm ET/PT and in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow at 9 pm ET/PT.