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Superman News: Amy Adams Lands Lois Lane Opposite Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel

Superman News: Amy Adams Lands Lois Lane Opposite Henry Cavill's Man of Steel

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Zack Snyder, whose Sucker Punch disappointed at the weekend box office, called Amy Adams Sunday from Paris with the news that she has landed the role of Metropolis newspaper reporter Lois Lane in the latest reboot of Superman, reports the LAT’s Hero Complex. While Adams, 36, earned her third Oscar nomination for The Fighter (TOH interview here), this marks her first major studio franchise. She will star opposite Henry Cavill as fellow reporter Clark Kent and love interest the Man of Steel; Diane Lane and Kevin Costner will play the Krypton superhero’s adoptive parents. Snyder told the LAT:

“There was a big, giant search for Lois,” Snyder said. “For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.”

Snyder declined to discuss the precise prominence of Lois in the story or any plot details about the film but he said the role is “a linchpin” to the project and that he considers it essential that Lois — an FDR-era creation – arrives on screen in 2012 with contemporary appeal and spirit. “It goes back to what I’ve said about Superman and making him really understandable for today. What’s important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today’s audience so that we understand the decisions he makes. That applies to Lois as well. She has to be in the same universe as him [in tone and substance].”

This is a smart move. Adams seems to be able to tackle anything, from fairy tale fantasy (Enchanted) and high drama (Junebug, Doubt) to comedienne (Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian) and girl-next-door (Catch Me If You Can, Julie and Julia). Upcoming are Walter Salles’ film version of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and Disney’s latest Muppets installment.

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Noel Neill never had another real acting job after playing Lois Lane on TV’s “Superman” show of the 1950s. She basically made a career out of touring fan conventions and memorabilia shows, although that didn’t take off till the 1970s. (I saw her at the TeleFantasy Convention in New York in the Summer of…1975?) And she was a damned good actress, too.


Anne, obviously you are a big Amy Adams fan, but this Lois Lane role is a ‘ nothing ‘ type of role. It will only boost Amy Adams’ bank account – not her acting career. This role never did wonders for Margot Kidder’s nor Kate Bosworth’s movie career. Why would Adams want to be tied down to a very fluffy role for many years.

P.S. I loathe the film adaptation of ‘ Doubt ‘ . Amy gives a whining , annoying performance in that film. And, it is one of my least favorite Meryl Streep performances because she was trying too hard- not nuanced . After seeing the great Broadway version of ‘ Doubt ‘ , I still don’t understand the Oscar love for the overrated film.

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