Off My Mind: Who Should Play Lois Lane in the New Superman Movie?
We've seen a few different actress cast as the feisty reporter in recent years. We currently have Erica Durance on Smallville. In the last few decades we've also seen Kate Bosworth in Superman Returns, Teri Hatcher in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and of course Margot Kidder in the Christopher Reeve films. If the right actress isn't cast, it can be hard to believe that the ultimate hero from another planet would fall head over heels for a simple news reporter.
With 27-year-old Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, we had a discussion late last night in the Whiskey Media office. Here are some of the names that were thrown around. Keep in mind, these names are not from any official list of actress in the running.
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Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises as Selina Kyle. Hathaway has taken a variety of different roles in her career. While the jury may still be out on whether or not she's right to be the love interest for Batman (we'll have to wait and see what Nolan's vision of her character is), she would've made a good Lois. The Dark Knight Rises is supposed to be the final installment in Nolan's trilogy. That means that by the time this Superman movie comes out, the Bat-franchise could be on its way to facing another reboot. Warner Bros. might not want an actress to play two different characters from the same comic book universe but Marvel didn't have a problem with Chris Evans being Captain America and the Human Torch. Of course there's also Ryan Reynolds playing Hal Jordan after sort of playing Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. If The Dark Knight Rises begins filming in May, she most likely wouldn't be available.
Moira MacTaggert in Fox's X-Men: First Class. She's already faced dangers in 28 Weeks Later so she should be prepared to take on the dangers of being in Superman's world. It might be hard to see her as two different comic book characters in movies released so closely together. At least in Ryan Reynold's case there will have been 2 years between playing Hal Jordan and Deadpool (plus the fact that many of us are trying to forget what happened in that movie).
Watchmen she played a tough superhero character that didn't really have superpowers. She's used to the world of spandex and would have no problem getting situated in the movie version of Metropolis. Whether or not she could play the character of Lois Lane is another story. Besides Watchmen, most of her roles have been more in the line of romantic comedies. She might be able to take on the villains in the Watchmen universe but she might not be ready to face Superman's enemies.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Mission: Impossible III and Eagle Eye. I can't say that I've seen her in all her roles but looking at her, there almost seems to be something missing. She's also seven years older than Cavill, which may not necessarily completely rule her out. Lois Lane should be a little older or mature than Clark Kent. It's possible she could handle the character but something just seems off to me.
Ben Affleck directed film, The Town. Again, I would have to say, in my opinion, she doesn't quite have the Lois Lane quality I'd want to see on the big screen. There's something about her eyes and smile that doesn't scream out Lois to me.
Black Swan as well as a few episodes of Human Target. A lack of movie credits shouldn't rule her out of the running but I can't really comment on her acting skills and whether or not she could do Lois' character justice. Also, as with some of the others, her look doesn't really say "Lois Lane" to me.
The Social Network, Parks and Recreation and The Office. At first I was wondering why she would be mentioned. When I think of Rashida Jones, I think more of comedies. But thinking a little more, her acting quality could bring a little something to Lois' character. As Lois, you have to be quick on your feet and ready for anything. She wouldn't be my first choice but it is an interesting consideration.
Lost, she showed she's capable of taking on pretty much anything. She's handled crazy action, went through emotional scenes as well as intimate ones. I could easily see her carrying herself in a Lois Lane fashion. We need a Lois that is tough enough to hold off the villains until Superman is finished saving Jimmy Olsen and can save the day.
That is the list we came up with. Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. may already have a list of their own in mind. Again, casting Lois is an important thing. Brandon Routh did a fine job as Superman in the last movie but I just wasn't convinced by Kate Bosworth's performance. The two of them together didn't convey the relationship that Clark and Lois have in the comics. McAdams and Lilly have my vote. Hopefully we'll be getting some word from Warner Bros. soon as far as the actual casting goes. Until then, do any of these ladies feel right to portray Lois Lane or do you have your own thoughts on who she should be?
Oh the list, my vote goes to Janet Montgomery.
As for non-list? I may be a little biased with this choice, but I personally dig Jennifer Carpenter. Her roll on Dexter as deb shows her acting and great "in your face, on the scene" personality I think Lois Lane respectively should have.
edit: I should note that Carpenter IMO also has a tad bit of the Erica Durance look that many fans of Smallville would enjoy/recognize.
I'm with Dark Huntress I think erica Durance would be a great Lois. In the future scenes on Smallville she changed her look alittle where you could feel the age difference so it wouldn't be a big jump for her. If not her i would go with Evangeline Lilly. She has the look.
Malin Ackerman is a horrible idea. I mean, she's cute, but she can't act her way out of a paper bag.
I'm thinking Rachel McAdams. She's already part of WB's cast on Sherlock Holmes. WB seems to have this weird obsession with keeping all of their franchises completely separate, thoough, so I don't see that happening.
I say none of the above. Lets not have Lois in the movie at all. Whats the point really? How about we go totally off the page and have Superman actually be Super in this movie without all of the needless distraction that a love interest provides. It will just absorb screen time that could be spent exploring other aspects of Superman. I am tired of the doe-eyed Kent starring at Lois as she leaves the office wishing she would like him more than Superman. Enough, lets move on with something new.
I'll agree that a lot of these options don't really feel like Lois, to me. Actually, I think I'm going to cast my vote to McAdams, of these-- I've not seen her in a lot, but I know she's handled roles that lend to this part, and she has the right look for Lois. I could see her in the role, and doing well at it.
As for suggestions from others, all I have to say is try to picture each choice being opposite Henry Cavill. I've seen some good other suggestions but not sure how they would be in this movie.
Lois isn't some young-looking "cute" tart like Hathaway and Portman. We saw what happened when we had a FAAAR too young looking lois in returns. It was hard to take her seriously..and while I do like Hathaway and Portman (and most of the girls listed in the movies I've seen them in) almost NONE of the picks you have here fit even close.
of those you listed only really McAdam's and Lilly have the "look" that would befit a "strong" "serious" "no-bullshit" reporter like Lois Lane.
note -> none of what I say is in any way pointed at any of these actresses abilities to "act" or their "talent" just none of them, but MAYBE the two I mentioned, would "look" and "feel" the part.
who would I rather see? honestly....no idea...no actress comes to mind that would look and feel the part of Lois Lane.
Honestly, I don't see why Erica Durance can't do it . I mean honestly she does a fantastic job as Lois.
But if I could throw in an entry it would probably be Carla Gugino. Even though I wanted her as Catwoman. She can certainly play Lois, and plus she's worked with Snyder twice.
" Rachel McAdams would make a PERFECT Lois Lane. "i was gonna comment about her. i like her BUT....she kinda has baby face, too much of a sweatheart. SHE IS however older than she looks. She did play a different character in Mean Girls. i'll probably be thinking of all the other roles she played while watching her, (there's a reason why Toby McGuire, Routh, Dean Cain and other actors went well in their roles, they were RELATIVELY LESS KNOWN) But for Lois, you NEED someone who can do it well
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