Superman Returns/Trivia

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  • Dawson Casting: Inverted. In spite of this film taking place five years after Superman 2, a 22 year old Kate Bosworth plays Lois. Made all the more noticeable when the five foot five actress is playing opposite six foot three Brandon Routh.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Brandon Routh had to work out, and blonde Kate Bosworth dyed her hair to become the brunette Lois Lane. Kevin Spacey also shaved his head for Lex Luthor.
  • Saved From Development Hell / Sequel Gap: The fifth Superman movie took 19 years, with many, many projects for a fifth Superman emerging since 1987 (including another Cannon film, and a film directed by Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage that got as far as test footage of Cage in costume).
  • What Could Have Been: The final casting for the role came down to Brandon Routh and a then unknown Henry Cavill. Cavill was in fact cast in 2004 before McG was fired and Singer brought in. Cavill was later cast in the role by Zack Snyder for 2013's Man of Steel.