Back in Iowa for a special premiere of his new movie, Routh was greeted by dozens of fans as he walked the red carpet outside Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines on Sunday. It was quite a change from the relative anonymity of growing up in a sleepy town like Norwalk.
"Having people at the airport, wanting autographs or taking photos of me getting out of a car — it's definitely different," the 26-year-old actor said.
The hoopla was also a far cry from another recent trip to Iowa, when Routh crashed on his buddy's floor in Iowa City during the University of Iowa's homecoming weekend in November.
The screening was delayed more than 40 minutes as Routh worked the crowd outside the theater, posing for pictures, signing autographs and talking to members of the media.
Still, his mother, Katie Routh, said she hasn't seen much difference in her son. "He's the same," she said. "I haven't seen any change whatsoever."
Routh has also learned that fame doesn't necessarily mean fortune — at least not yet. Asked what his first big purchase was since landing the role, the newest Superman replied: "You don't make so much on the first one. So no big purchases yet.
"We'll get there though."
"Superman Returns," also starring Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey, opens in theaters Wednesday.