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The MCU Fantastic Four reboot is in active development with director Jon Watts already at the helm but it would appear that we are a long way away from any kind of casting process to begin. This doesn’t mean that fans can’t conduct a little fan-casting of their own and Superman fans seem to be throwing their love behind former Superman Brandon Routh to take on the role of Reed Richard aka Mr. Fantastic.
If you’re one to frequent Twitter, you may have noticed that Fantastic Four was actually trending on the social media site this week. Fans were participating in their own fantasy casting of the main characters and Routh’s name came up numerous times in many of the fantasy cast picks. Routh is best known for playing Clark Kent in 2006’s SUPERMAN RETURNS and he also received more superhero cred for playing Ray Palmer on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Routh may have seemed like an unlikely choice to be in consideration for Reed Richards with fans but his name came up so much that he also began to trend on Twitter.
One fan tweeted “Oh my god, I never thought of Brandon Routh as Reed. That is perfect!” while another said “Amazing picks all the way down, especially Brandon Routh as Reed Richards. Marvel needs to make this happen now that they have the rights again.” Many other tweets include Routh’s name as a top choice for the role, although the overall big winner is still John Krasinski, who has often been named alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt to play Reed Richards and Sue Storm.
You can check out some of the tweets supporting Routh as Reed Richards below. I have to admit, it’s not a choice that crossed my mind until fans began putting side-by-side photos of them together and he at least certainly looks the part. I still feel like Marvel will find a way to make Krasinski and Blunt happen but Routh is a solid choice to have in their back pocket.
Brandon Routh is another well selected option ???????? https://t.co/HvuEB1O56A
— kemi (@kemss21) 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
lol not sure tho https://t.co/fAimXKy4Rj
— andrea m. (@realistlowkey) April 15, 2021
The other ‘quote tweets’ responding to this dudes fan picks (which is fucking masterfully done by the way) is enough to give me fucking cancer.
Amazing picks all the way down, especially Brandon Routh as Reed Richards. Marvel needs to make this happen now that they rights again. https://t.co/BjUR1jEOHu
— GarbageGamerx (@GarbageGamerX) April 15, 2021
I would absolutely be down with Brandon Routh as Reed Richards.
— Tony Duncan (@NerdyLadd) April 15, 2021
My Fantastic Four fancast that’ll probably get me canceled
Brandon Routh as Reed Richards
Natalie Dormer as Sue Storm
Zac Efronas Johnny Storm
Charlie Hunnam as Ben Grimm pic.twitter.com/sbvIUuF38I
— Okiro (@TheFirstOkiro) April 15, 2021
Brandon Routh as Reed Richards & Samara Weaving as Sue Storm for the MCU’s version of The Fantastic Four!!!!???????? pic.twitter.com/ESw4991TsX
— Javier Sanchez ???? (@JSComicArt) June 25, 2020
people been saying Brandon Routh for Reed Richards as the MCU Mr. Fantastic in the upcoming Fantastic Four, and honestly i want to see this more than John Krasinski…… pic.twitter.com/kYmXQoXCuf
— Shady (@Shady_G45) April 15, 2021
Since I’ve seen a lot of people doing it, here’s my #FantasticFour fan-casting
– Brandon Routh as Reed Richards
– Maimi Yajima as Sue Storm
– Alex Landi as Johnny Storm
– Tuc Watkins as Ben Grimm pic.twitter.com/jjkW16gNtB
— Thor Twinkle (@ThorTwinkle) December 12, 2020
i still really really want to see Brandon Routh as Reed Richards in the new Fantastic Four movie pic.twitter.com/JTIw3X5Spn
— Luke (@qLxke_) December 11, 2020
I always thought Brandon Routh would make a pretty good Reed Richards. #FantasticFour #MCU pic.twitter.com/lunjFjd4zz
— Josh Quevedo (@JoshQuevedo) February 13, 2021