Just back from the new Superman Returns flick.
First, Brandon Routh does not impress me as muscular nor athletic. He is tall and slender. The costume is obviously padded. On top of that, he wears more makeup than the Lois Lane character. At times I thought I was watching Johnnie Depp/Keith Richard/Jack Sparrow.
Seems the director wanted to cast the character as closer to Christopher Reeve the movie Superman, than to Superman the comic book citizen. In those 70s Reeve movies I thought Reeve himself was underpowered for a superhero.