SUPERMAN RETURNS actor Brandon Routh became the Man of Steel at the second time of asking - after trying out and failing to land the role in TV series SMALLVILLE. Routh was urged to audition for the part by his agent who thought he looked the spitting image of late Superman actor Christopher Reeve. But after he lost out to Tom Welling, Routh contemplated quitting acting, fearing he looked too much like Reeve to get any other work. He says, "When I went to Los Angeles (at 19). I became more conscious of it because I did look like Christopher Reeve. People didn't say it all the time, but once in a while I got remarks. I knew that if there was a new Superman TV show, it would be good for me to audition."