Routh Takes on Dylan Dog

While his future as the Man of Steel is in question, Superman Returns star Brandon Routh remains firmly rooted in the world of comic books. According to Daily Variety, the actor has been cast in the lead role in Dead of Night, a feature film based on the Dylan Dog Italian comic book. Set to direct is Kevin Munroe, who previously helmed Imagi’s CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, TMNT, and is currently working on the animation studio’s big-screen adaptation of the classic anime series Gatchaman.

Hyde Park and Platinum Studios are behind Dead of Night, which is being scripted by Sahara scribes Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly. The film will have Routh playing a private investigator who finds himself pulled into a world where the dead come to life.

Created by Tiziano Sclavi, Dylan Dog was first published in 1986 and has been translated into 17 languages. The comics served as inspiration for the quirky 1994 Italian horror film Dellamorte Dellamore. Released in the U.S. as Cemetary Man, the movie stars British actor Rupert Everett as a caretaker at a cemetery where the buried crawl out of the grave and must be killed a second time.