There unfortunately aren't many iconic female comic book characters. If you ask the average person on the street to name a character, they'll most likely respond with Batman, Superman, Spider-Man or possibly a character currently in a big screen movie. There are a few popular powerful female characters that might get mentioned or recognition once in a while but not often enough. One of comics most well known female characters is one without superpowers...Lois Lane.
What is it about Lois Lane? Not that it's her only accomplishment but out of all the female characters in the DC Universe, Lois is the only one to truly capture Superman's heart and attention. Superman has had a few different women in his life but it always comes down to Lois as his number one.
Despite this connection to Superman, Lois has managed to survive incredible odds and perilous situations. She's proven that she doesn't always need Superman to save her when she gets into crazy situations. If you think about it, it might be possible that Lois actually has superpowers of her own.== TEASER ==
Let's start off with the obvious assumption, does Lois have the superpower to make Superman fall in love with her? It might sound a little cliché but let's get this one out of the way. Superman is the ultimate guy in the DC Universe. He's not just a man, he's a...super man.
This isn't to say that Lois isn't a catch herself but fans are often quick to suggest Superman should be with someone more on his level, like Wonder Woman. Superman hangs out with many women in tightly dressed or revealing outfits. Of course it's because he's in love with Lois that his eyes never stray. We know some of this comes from his longing to be human but it's not just Superman that has shown interest in her.
Batman isn't one to settle down but there has been some moments of flirtation with Lois. The cover of Superman #168 from 2001 also comes to mind. I haven't read that issue in years and didn't make the attempt to locate it in my collection but I seem to recall some flirting, partly at Clark's expense. Also they were teaming up to try to steal Lex Luthor's Kryptonite ring. Batman's heart may belong to Catwoman or possibly Talia (if she wasn't so evil) but Lois could easily break through to Batman's heart. Whether or not she has the superpower to make guys fall for her, that's another story.
Speaking of other stories, Lex Luthor was mentioned before. Lex is a man that practically has it all. There is only one person he is envious of...Superman. Lex could have pretty much anything he wanted. In recent issues of Action Comics, we found out something a little disturbing about Lex. It seems he has quite a bit of feelings when it comes to Lois.
When Lex was looking for some...female companionship, readers were surprised to find he was spending some...intimate time with Lois. As you could imagine, it wasn't actually Lois but a Lois-bot. Lex had her made and it's all rather creepy. But it shows that there's something about Lois that drove him to model this robot after her.
Lois has also shown she's not someone to mess around with. She may have the power of the press but she has stood up to countless powerful villains. Somehow she has managed to survive. Sometimes it's been Superman coming to her rescue but other times when he hasn't been around, she's stood her ground and hasn't been killed. Could it be that Lois has the superpower to exude confidence and power. It's possible she may simply have the power of luck on her side. She's survived so many dangerous situations. Superman can't be expected to always be there waiting to catch her when she falls. Yet she's managed to leap into the face of danger and survive every single time.
Could it be that Lois is aware of having superpowers and has been hiding them all these years? We know her father, General Lane, doesn't have a high opinion of those with superpowers. She may have discovered she was some sort of metahuman and kept it to herself all this time.
Another possibility is she's been keeping it a secret for so long that subconsciously she's made herself forget she has powers.
A third possibility is that she might not even know. Maybe she just thinks she is incredibly lucky or incredibly tough. There isn't necessarily a test in the DC Universe to determine if a person is a metahuman.
Another superpower she seems to have is super-intelligence. Lois is no slouch when it comes to fast-thinking. She's a Pulitzer prize winning journalist. She's been seen to out-think those that have tried to hold her captive. While it's been shown on occasion that she might not be the best speller, not spelling correctly is far from a firm indication that she doesn't have brains.
Before anyone tries saying that for all this super-intelligence she supposedly has, she was never able to deduce Superman and Clark Kent were one and the same. Clark just did a really great job fooling everyone. He even fooled Lex, a criminal genius. Remember when Lex discovered Clark's secret in 1987's Superman #2. The evidence was in front of him and he refused to believe it.
Does Lois have superpowers? Maybe this is something that will be made clear in September when DC unleashes their relaunch/revamp titles. What will be Lois' role in either Action Comics #1 or Superman #1? She's been on the scene for 73 years now and the truest test to see if she has the superpower to survive is the changes that may occur. To be the most prominent supporting character in the Superman comics, you have to admit she is more than just a mere human.
This is what makes Lois such a great character. She might not wear spandex or fly around the DC Universe but she definitely is a super-character.