Brandon Routh appeared out of nowhere and took on one of the most iconic roles in cinematic history, playing Clark Kent in 2006's "Superman Returns." Before his superhero debut, Routh had short-lived appearances on TV’s "One Life to Live" and "Will & Grace."
Sure, he had the chiseled jaw and sleek black locks to portray the man of steel, but his acting chops may have been under par. The film was OK -- outside of a suspenseful scene involving a sinking ship, the 154-minute flick was a tedious retelling of the classic story framed in drab tones of gray and blue, with equally unexciting performances by Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey. Post-superhero roles have included the unsuccessful comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" and a role on NBC's "Chuck."