Why would somebody like somebody else who is horrible to them? Who belittles them, ignores them and is just straight out rude to them? This is part of the reason why I don’t like the character of Lois Lane, in the original Superman films. Other, more modern iterations of Lois Lane, most notably the Lois Lane in Smallville on the other hand, I absolutely love. So by looking at all these different portrayals of Lois Lane through the different mediums, let’s discuss: is she even right for Supes?
Let’s start with the original Superman films. I strongly disliked the Lois Lane in those films. Yeah maybe Clark Kent was a shy awkward guy, but that’s no reason to be to be straight out condescending and rude to him, which she was. I just could never figure out in my head why Superman would love a woman who’s so rude to him. Sure she’s all lovely when he is Superman, but when he is just being a normal dude she is horrible to him, what’s that say about the type of person she is? So within the context of the original Superman films, I’m going to say no, she wasn’t right for Superman.
Then you have the Teri Hatcher’s Lois Lane from the Lois and Clark TV show. I could only get through the first 2 seasons of that show because Lois annoyed me that much. Granted she wasn’t as mean to Clark in this version, but she was kind of stupid. One thing to know about me, is that I strongly, strongly dislike damsel in distress characters. Sure they make the hero look cool, but other than that they are pretty useless characters, in my eyes at least. I can’t believe the number of times I watched an episode of Lois and Clark, and Lois somehow ended up tied up to a chair or something like that. Seriously, it was ridiculous! I just couldn’t stop shaking my head, I mean how many times can the one person end up in the same situation over and over again! Yeah she was ambitious and wanted to get a great story and uncover the truth, but there are better ways to handle situations like that, just saying. So once again I’m going to say no she wasn’t right for Superman, though I did only watch the first 2 seasons, so maybe she got better, I don’t know.
But now let’s move on to my all time favourite live action Lois Lane, and the Lois Lane that actually made me start appreciating the character, Erica Durance’s Lois in Smallville. Firstly Lois wasn’t really a jerk to Clark. Sure they had playful banter, but that was it. In fact Lois fell for Clark Kent, before she fell for his superhero persona (which is the way it should always be in my eyes). There’s always the discussion about if Lois is supposedly this smart chick, why the heck can’t she figure out Clark Kent is Superman? That’s a fair enough question, and it does make her seem like kind of an idiot. But in Smallville that wasn’t a problem, because Clark Kent’s superhero persona never showed his face, and disguised his voice, so we were never presented to a Lois who was so incredibly short-sighted.
And yeah Smallville Lois Lane, like Lois and Clark Lois Lane, often ended up in near death situations. The difference is that this Lois could handle herself a lot more. She often liked to say that she was an ‘army brat’ and could handle her own, and she definitely showed that. She never completely relied on someone saving her, and she often saved herself. This Lois Lane also helped Clark become the hero he became to be. Smallville often discussed the actual usefullness of heroes. Many characters on the show were anti-heroes and thought heroes actually caused more harm than good. This made Clark question his actions, but the passionate love and faith Lois had in her heroes, and the way she stood up to them, made Clark realise that the world did need heroes like him. So because of this, this Lois Lane was great for Clark (and so much better than the extremely irritating Lana Lang from the show).
Then you have Amy Adams’ Lois Lane in Man of Steel. She may not have been as great of a Lois as Erica Durance was, as she lacked a certain sass Durance was able to portray, but she definitely portrayed an intelligent and strong Lois Lane. She figured out who Superman was, and handled herself pretty well in pretty deadly situations. The worse type of hero love interests are the ones that hold the heroes back, Lois in this case gave Superman the push he needed to fully embrace his superhero self. She is really his guide in this new world, and for that reason she was a great love interest for Superman.
But of course it’s really the Lois Lane from the comics who proves why she’s the perfect love interest for Superman. Right now in the comics, if you’ve been keeping up, then you know Superman is dating Wonder Woman. And while Wonder Woman is a great character on her own, I’m not really a fan of them two dating. I don’t believe she fully understands who Clark Kent is. Wonder Woman can be a bit too intense sometimes (hello she is the God of War now) and that intensity does cause a clash between her and Superman’s morals and values. Honestly I think because of that intensity Batman and Wonder Woman are a better fit, over her and Superman.
Lois really reinforces Clark’s humanity, and pushes him to be the best person he can be, and that’s what makes her such a great character for Superman. She’s strong-willed, passionate and fights for what she believes in. But unlike Wonder Woman, is grounded and well, is human. Lois has a better balance with her passion, and it’s that balance that Clark needs. Like Clark, Lois isn’t so sure of herself, or her actions, but she does have a strong sense of what she believes is right. Lois really brings out those farmboy values in Clark, which again makes her such a great character for Superman.
Overall I am a fan of Lois Lane, but only the more modern iteration of her character, just like I’m really a fan of the modern iteration of the Superman character. A lot of superhero love interests fall into the classic damsel in distress category, and don’t really add much. When utilised right like in Smallville and Man of Steel, Lois is really an imperative and remarkable character in the Superman mythology.
Anyways what do you think? Are you a fan of Lois Lane? Which Lois Lane is your favourite? Let me know!
(Whoops totally forgot Superman Returns even existed, but basically she was a pretty forgettable Lois Lane anyways, so nothing much needed to be said.)
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