Superman came back to TV in the 1990s, in a show that gave Lois Lane first billing. “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” ran for four seasons beginning in 1993, and focused on the journalistic adventures of reporters Lois Lane and Clark Kent, who was also Superman. Teri Hatcher starred as Lois, Dean Cain was Clark and Superman. Hatcher was a great mix of determined and funny in the role, and is my favorite Lois Lane.
This promo picture of Lois wrapped in Superman’s cape became a huge hit in the early days of the internet, as well.
“Smallville,” a television series beginning with Clark Kent’s teen years, took its time introducing Lois Lane, but when it did, it did it right. Erica Durance was a tough, no-nonsense Lois who was attractive, strong and ambitious.
Kate Bosworth stepped in as Lois in Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns,” where she’d had a child in Superman’s absence.
In the new film “Man of Steel,” set for release in June, Amy Adams takes over the role of the intrepid reporter in a series that’s a reboot of the Superman film universe.
There have also been multiple animated versions of Lois Lane – notably one voiced by Dana Delaney in the 1990s cartoon series – and she’s appeared in video games, radio and Broadway as well.
Though she and Superman aren’t married in the current comics, Lois remains an important character both in the new stories and in the Superman mythos.
In the future, however the news may be gathered and published, I imagine we’ll see Lois Lane right there at the forefront, digging for scoops and striving for the story.
- Matt Price
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