Iowans are finally getting a glimpse of one of their own, wearing the cape of a famed super-hero. The actor was raised in the Des Moines suburb of Norwalk. 26-year-old Brandon Routh has the title role in “Superman Returns,” the trailer for which is now out, though the movie won’t be released until June 30th.
The former University of Iowa student appeared in TV shows like “Gilmore Girls,” “Will and Grace” and the soap “One Life to Live,” but this role may propel Routh to a new level of stardom. He confirms a rumor — he coincidentally wore a Clark Kent/Superman costume for Halloween in 2003, one year before he landed the role as the Man of Steel. Routh says his brother is a “real-life Superman,” a police officer in Des Moines.