Exclusive: 'Chuck' lands Superman (a.k.a. Brandon Routh)!

chuck-routh-levi_lIt’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the most awesome casting news ever: Erstwhile Superman Brandon Routh is joining Chuck for a multi-episode arc, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Who’s he playing and what impact will it have on Chuck and Sarah? Keep reading and find out!

Routh’s character, Shaw, is a mysterious new spy who takes control as the new leader of Operation Bartwoski, becoming a mentor to Chuck and a rival in his affections for Sarah. He first appears in this season’s fourth episode.

Bottom line: Who better to teach Chuck how to use his powers that the Man of Steel himself?!

Memo to NBC: Please don’t make us wait until March for Chuck! Anyone care to echo that sentiment? Head to the comments. And while you’re down there, share your thoughts about Routh!

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  • Briana

    Chuck should come back now! Or, before Lost.

    • Vivi

      I’m missing both “Chuck” and “Lost”. Such, such withdrawals. :o(

    • Javabooknut

      Ditto. I don’t want to wait till march and I want more than 13 episodes. On Routh I still can’t fathom how he got into superman or became known at all. He can’t act. He’s stiff. And not in a good way.

    • Carlos

      hi, i’m form mexico, right now i’m in spain i just finish watching the second season of chuck!!!!
      it was the best!!! please start the new season sooner!!! and if you do that, please post the episodes quickly online!!!!

    • Tom

      I’m very excited about Brandon Routh joining the show. I think he made a great Superman and would love for him to repeat that roll someday. I’m glad Chuck is back on and i’m looking forward to more episodes!!!

  • Sarah

    Chuck needs to be on air now!! or atleast by October!! March is way too long to wait…!!

  • nick

    Yeah bring chuck early, dying to see the “neo” chuck with the moves. Hope they move on from the store personally.

  • inked

    Interesting, this might just be awesome! Can’t wait for more Chuck :D

  • krawhitham

    What does this mean for Adam Baldwin?

    • sassy2009

      Why, is Casey currently the leader? They’ve brought in leader types before, usually creates great conflict with Sarah and complications for Casey. Or maybe Casey goes (temp.) bad…love Casey, so I hope it doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing less of him…

      • Lara

        It’s never explicitly stated ( I think…), but it’s sorta-kinda hinted at that Casey’s the one in charge of Operation Bartowski. And in the pilot it’s explicitly said the NSA is taking over, so…
        But I doubt Casey’ll go bad, even if temporarily… probably this guy’s coming in just for the sake of Charah… and Casey’s screen time better not lower! He’s the awesomest thing on the show lol

      • Pj

        Didn’t Casey earn a promotion near the end of Seas. 2? I’d sure hate to see less of any of the cast we’ve come to know and love in Seas.’s 1 and 2…newcomer’s usually mean exactly that.
        I loved Casey’s ”attitude at all times”, Alec Baldwin is ‘Awesome’, in Seas. 3 where do we find Ellie and Capt. Awesome, Morgan, etc.?? We do know already Chuck ‘knows’ Kung-foo.

  • Liz

    Love Roth!!!!

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE say Chuck will start sooner! I cannot wait until March either!

  • GimplyGump ☺

    I doubt very much we’ll wait until March. All networks have cancellations. They’ll need something to replace shows with and it’ll be Chuck when they are forced to shuffle.

    As for the BR casting … nice.

  • Kayley

    Awesome scoop Ausiello! .. I don’t think I can wait till March for Chuck. How many times can a girl watch two seasons over and over again?! I have however, created my own little “Chuck Campaign” I just started working at Blockbuster, and have been forcefully encouraging customers to rent Chuck!

    Keep fighting the good fight everyone!

    PS. I am really excited for Brandon Routh.. Not excited for Chuck and Sarah to be torn apart yet again. Its like the boy of my dreams breaking my heart over and over again.

  • Jonathan

    Sounds like Bryce Larkin 2.0. Not interested in seeing that as much as I like Brandon Routh.

    • Libby

      no kidding.

      • Emerald

        I totally agree, though I was thinking more of “vs. The Beefcake” & “vs. the Lethal Weapon.” At least *that* guy would have been believable as taking the reins of the operation because he was a bit older. This guy is too young for this kind of role, I think.

  • GimplyGump ☺

    I doubt we’ll wait until March with the cancellations that happen on all nets.

    Chuck Me!

  • Jon

    I don’t really know what to think about Routh. I mean, it’s a great reference, but i don’t know what to think about him as an actor. And, yeah, please, NBC, don’t make us wait until march for Chuck.

  • Shell

    CHUCK should have never been put off til March in the first place!

    • C

      YES! bring Chuck back NOW!!! i can’t wait till march… i’ll die!

  • Scott

    Chuck and Smallville Now!!!!!!!!!!!

  • josh

    YES…bring back CHUCK for the fall…I am with Sarah…October would even be fine….but sooner and not later…

    oh…

    Brandon Routh…awesome casting news…should be some great eps there!

  • Jonathan

    Actually, I guess this new guy will be a cross between Bryce Larkin and Cole Barker. That’s played out, let’s get something new.

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