"Not a direct sequel but Brandon Routh should get another shot"
I don't see how this even makes sense. I mean, it kind of has
to be a direct sequel in this case. If you have the same actor brought back...playing the title role...you can't just ignore
what happened in the previous movie and you can't contradict
it. That would just confuse audiences all to hell and they would have a right to be. For instance, you can't
get rid of the kid; he was practically the main plot point of Returns.