At said panel they showed some footage where Rogen and co-Star Elizabeth Bank's characters are at their high school reunion and they run into characters played by "Mac Boy" Justin Long and your favorite Singerman "star" makes a cameo. JoBlo details the carnage:
"Rogen and Banks are at their 10 year high school reunion. Banks is off flirting with Brandon Routh (SUPERMAN!), and Rogen is off to the side, talking to Justin Long--a dude with slick black hair and wearing a nice suite. They talk, it comes out Long is a gay porn star and Routh is his gay lover. Banks was hoping to hook-up with Routh, but not anymore, because... well, he's gay. Routh is not as open to being gay as Long is, and before you know it they're having a gay lovers quarrel. They then kiss and make up after Long tells Routh "You better shut your mouth before I f*ck it."Ummm yeah.... Look I've got nothing against anyone who is gay. It's your life you do as you please. My point in pointing all of this out is, remember the good ole "Story that Just Wouldn't Go Away?" When WB had to basically launch a PR campaign to combat all of the 'Routh is Gay!" stuff so as not to have an emasculated Superman before the film even opened? (oops!) They even had banner ads on sites like SuperHero Hype! posing that very question.
Doing cameos like this, even if intended to be funny, just seem counterproductive to all that and will just seem to perpetuate that stereotype. He's not just gay in the movie, he's actively french kissing another man in a scene. Not to mention, this isn't Routh's first portrayal of a gay character. He's also done it in episodes of Will & Grace and Cold Case. Is he getting typecast or something?
I know he just recently got married apparently (although not that being married really means all that much anyway.) But if this guy has any hope of carrying on a multi-million dollar film franchise playing the proto-typical alpha male character in comic lore, you'd think he'd make some smarter choices in the roles he takes. Then again, maybe he knows something we don't...
BTW if anybody has link to the actual footage shown at Comic-Con, shoot us an email.