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Off My Mind: Who Should Play Lois Lane in the New Superman Movie

From ComicVine by  Tony ‘G-Man’ Guerrero on Feb. 1, 2011

Now that Superman has been cast in Zack Snyder’s reboot film, the next big question is who should play Lois Lane? Some might argue that casting the villain should be next but when you think about Superman, you have to think about his one true love as well.

We’ve seen a few different actress cast as the feisty reporter in recent years. We currently haveErica Durance on Smallville. In the last few decades we’ve also seen Kate Bosworth inSuperman ReturnsTeri Hatcher in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and of course Margot Kidder in the Christopher Reevefilms. 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.

Anne Hathaway

She may pretty much be out of the running now that she’s been cast inChristopher 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 Deadpoolin X-Men Origins: Wolverine. If The Dark Knight Rises begins filming in May, she most likely wouldn’t be available.

Natalie Portman

Another actress that is playing a comic book character (Jane Foster inThor). Portman also has taken on different roles. Chances are Portman’s character won’t have a part in The Avengers so that could open up her availability. She has already stated that she was not being considered for either Superman or The Dark Knight Rises. It was recently announced that Portman was expecting a child and I think it’s safe to say that Snyder or Warner Bros. won’t be going the Lois-with-child route that they did in Superman Returns. A good actress but the timing may be off for her to become a reporter.

Rose Byrne

Here we have yet another actress that will be portraying a comic book character. Byrne will be portraying Moira MacTaggert in Fox’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).

Malin Ackerman

One more actress familiar with comic book movies. In 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.

Michelle Monaghan

Monaghan is familiar with action films with her appearance in Kiss Kiss Bang BangMission: 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.

Rebecca Hall

Here’s another name that was mentioned in our office. I was about to say I wasn’t really familiar with much of her work and then realized I just recently saw her in the 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.

Janet Montgomery

This actress hasn’t appeared in much but has been in 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.

Rashida Jones

This was a name that sort of came out of nowhere. You’re probably familiar with her from The Social NetworkParks 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.

Rachel McAdams

When I got home from the office last night I asked my wife who she thought should play Lois opposite of Henry Cavill’s Superman and McAdams was the first name that came to mind. It was also one of the names we mentioned in the office as well. At first she might not seem right for the role but she has had several performances that shows off her spunky and determined nature. She might have to crank up her performance a tiny bit but I could see her playing the role and doing it justice.

Evangeline Lilly

I believe she was Norm’s first choice, or at least at the top of his list. I think I might have to agree with him. Based on her character on 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?


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