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Brandon Routh
Biographical informations
Name Brandon Routh
Birthplace Des Moines, Iowa
Birth Date October 9, 1979
Character information
Portrays Daniel Shaw
Season(s) 3,5

Brandon Routh is an American actor and a former fashion model. He grew up in Iowa before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and subsequently appeared on several television series throughout the early 2000s.

Brandon went to University of Iowa for a year, with the ambition of becoming a writer. While studying, he modeled and acted in order to earn his tuition fee.

Routh has said he was often told that he has a physical resemblance to Christopher Reeve, who previously portrayed Superman. His former manager signed him on as Superman for his resemblance. He believed that Brandon would star as Superman if there was to be another film.

In the television series Chuck, he portrayed CIA traitor, Daniel Shaw.


  • Brandon portrays Superman in Superman Returns, whereas Ryan McPartlin had previously auditioned for that role in the movie. Adam Baldwin voiced Superman in Superman: Doomsday and DC Universe Online. Matthew Bomer portrayed Superman in a Toyota commercial and voiced him in Superman: Unbound.
  • Zachary Levi's character, Chuck, has referenced Brandon as Superman-y. When talking to Kristin Kreuk's character Hannah, he mentions Shaw as a "superman-y type" for Sarah.
  • Shaw is seen a few time sporting the trademark signature glasses of Clark Kent in certain episodes.
  • A scene in Chuck Versus the Santa Suit references Brandon Routh as Superman when Shaw mentions that he was "practically able to catch a bullet with [his] teeth".
  • Brandon has since returned to the superhero genre, playing Ray Palmer, the Atom, on the CW's Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. This precludes his returning to the role of Superman in CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths.

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