Musings on my favorite Lois Lane and Amy Adams casting

Those who’ve been following the updates on the upcoming Superman reboot surely have heard that 36 year-old Amy Adams has been cast as Lois Lane. More on that later.

Can you read my mind?

As everyone’s processing that bit of casting, I’d like to take the time to highlight my favorite Lois Lane in Superman adaptation: Margot Kidder. Just as Christopher Reeve’s iconic portrayal as Man of Steel is inimitable, what Kidder brought to the role is just as indelible. As you can see in her screen test below, I think Richard Donner made the right choice in casting her amongst other more well-known actresses vying for the role (including Anne Archer, Lesley Ann Warren and Stockard Channing).

What makes Margot a great Lois Lane is also her ability contrast the way she behaves around the dual identity of Superman, both the hero and his bumbling alter ego Clark Kent. She’s appropriately domineering and bossy to Clark (I love how he always brought her freshly-squeezed orange juice for her at the office in Donner’s versions), then she goes all googley-eyed around Superman and mesmerized by his every move. She’s got the right amount of spunk that makes her truly believable as a workaholic reporter who cares more about her career than anything else… that is until Superman comes along. From the second he rescues her in that classic helicopter rescue scene, she — along with every single woman in the audience — was under Superman’s spell.

There are a lot of memorable scenes from the first Superman movie that’ll remain a classic for a long time, but the one of her interviewing Superman on her apartment balcony is just wonderful. I love the flirtatious and whimsical banter back and forth between the two smitten lovebirds and the flying sequence that follow is absolutely beautiful and dreamy. I couldn’t find the exact clip of the interview scene, but it starts at about 08:30 in the video below. Unfortunately, both that scene and the flying sequence have to be viewed on YouTube.

Back to Amy Adam’s casting, frankly, I was quite taken aback when I heard it, as I never thought she was a contender. For what it’s worth, I actually prefer Rachel McAdams or Emily Blunt in the role whose age is a bit closer Henry Cavill who’s only 27. But age isn’t that big a deal for me, especially since Amy looks so youthful.

Besides, it’s entirely possible that Lois is actually older than Superman, even though in the Richard Donner’s version, Lois is shown as a young girl when Clark was already in High School, implying that Lois is perhaps a decade younger than him. In any case, I’m more concerned with whether the actress can portray the personality of Lois Lane, the pretty and tough-as-nails Pulitzer Prize-winning star reporter for The Daily Planet. I haven’t been impressed by any of the Lois Lane actress on Superman TV series, and Kate Bosworth in Superman Returns lacked the wit and the spunk in the role IMO, and she looked way to young and inexperienced for me to believe she’s won a Pulitzer!

Amy on the other hand has proved that she has the chops for both comedy and drama, and she’s got three Academy Award nominations to prove it. This site has a pretty detailed description of the character, which I believe she can easily pull off. Oh, it’s interesting that the comic book image of Lois I found here is also a redhead 🙂

Well, what are your thoughts on Margot Kidder as Lois Lane? And are you happy with Amy Adams casting in the role?