Superman Returns star says he self-medicated with World of Warcraft

    
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You may or may not remember Superman Returns, the 2006 installment of the classic superhero that did so-so in reviews and public perception. It wasn’t so much the lack of success — the title did clear $391 million — as it was the lack of being the smash hit that the studio hoped it would be. Nobody took this quite as hard as Brandon Routh, the actor who played the lead character, and to recover he took solace in an online roleplaying game of epic proportions.

That’s right, Superman turned to World of Warcraft to sooth his balms and be his “therapy.”

“I played World of Warcraft endlessly,” Routh said in an interview. “That was my addiction, and then a few other games along the way, but that was where I lost myself and spent way too much time. It was a coping mechanism, but it wasn’t teaching me things, until I finally had several experiences where I had to come to terms with that.”

Perhaps he should have checked out DC Universe Online to work out his internal issues over the Superman role? He could have started a guild with Ben Affleck, and eventually there would have been a movie made about that and we would totally have seen it.

At least Routh wasn’t alone in enjoying some time in Azeroth; our recent Perfect Ten shared tales about several celebs who had a crush on WoW.

Source: CBR

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Chosenxeno .

I understand. WoW was my Therapy for the first 5 years I played it. It was a dark time. If I didn’t have Azeroth to escape into I don’t know how things would have turned out for me back then.

I do wonder if the fact that my life is so stable now has been part of what has kept me from really commiting to a MMORPG.

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Don Nascimento

I understand audience reaction but when is 70% so/so for reviews?: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/superman_returns

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Ian Wells

I mean, since always? An average score of 7 basically means its an okay B-movie. In the US at least, 70% is a barely passing grade in school (“C’s get degrees”) so most reviewers have that ingrained in their minds when scoring movies. “Average” is the best way to take it.

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John Artemus

So many celebrities played WoW back in the day. Henry Cavill said he was playing WoW when he got the call for Man of Steel. So apparently, that game has a history with Superman. :)

These days, however, it’s all about FFXIV. Ask Tom Holland.

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Anstalt

I thought Routh did a great job playing Superman, he just had the misfortune of being in a badly written film.

I mostly remember Routh from Chuck, he did a fantastic job in that series, perfect blend of suave spy and creepy revenge dude.

Also, can’t really blame Routh for losing himself in WoW and MMORPGs in general. When I first got depression, MMOs gave me something that the real world just couldn’t and they allowed me to get through some tough times.

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Alex Willis

I really liked Superman Returns. I LOVED Man of Steel — it remains my favourite superhero movie, mostly because I thought they absolutely nailed Krypton and the Kryptonians. I thought the rest of the DC reboot was utter trash. So I actually hold both of these Supermen in high regard.

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zuldar

If the timing were a little better we could use the Superman Curse to explain away the corrupted blood incident on WoW.

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Armsbend

The tone of better written articles on the same subject was dark – not joyous at all.

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Armsbend

Not meaning your article – but the one linked. There are like 50 different versions of the source material.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

I’m sure he’s thankful now that it didn’t do well. He was working with pedophiles. Singer and Spacey. Yikes. Has anyone checked on that kid who played Lois and Clark’s son in that film to make sure he’s ok?

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François Verret

It’s funny because Henry Cavill was playing WoW when he got the call to play Superman.

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Loopy

I’m sensing a prediction for the next Superman actor :)

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Giggilybits

Wonder what he looks like now. Must be in rough shape. I’m in rough shape and I don’t regret one minute of playing WoW.

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François Verret

He’s a TV star. He was on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, even reprising the role of Superman for the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover. He’s in pretty good shape.