Brandon Routh On Superman's 80th Anniversary & What He Represents | SYFY WIRE

WATCH: Brandon Routh on Superman's 80th anniversary and what he represents

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Apr 18, 2018, 4:00 PM EDT

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman's 80th anniversary!

Brandon Routh may currently be known as Ray Palmer, aka The Atom, on DC's Legends of Tomorrow, but before joining the misfit crew of the Waverider, the actor played one of the biggest superheroes ever: Superman.

Back in 2006, Routh starred as the Man of Steel in director Bryan Singer's Superman Returns. The movie was a bit of a mixed bag, but Routh was the perfect embodiment of late Superman actor Christopher Reeve, especially in his portrayal of Clark Kent. Since today is the Last Son of Krypton's 80th birthday, we asked Routh to share his thoughts on the big event and what Superman represents for him.

"For me, Superman embodies and exemplifies the best within us. The best characteristics that we as humans can hope to achieve and we can achieve all of us. I think we can have the compassion and the gratitude and the love for humanity that Superman has — that Clark and Kal-El have. And it's not even his true home. So it doesn't matter where you're from, you can have love for our neighbors whomever they are. Many people have grown-up with different belief systems that have been ingrained into them so it's speaking to them with compassion as well."

Routh also touched about the relevance of comics today and not just at the time when Superman first came out back in the 1940s (well, 1938, to be exact). Check out our exclusive interview and sound off in the comments below.

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.