Lois Lane

Lois LaneAfter overlooking Superman‘s parents, let’s speak of his eternal love, Lois Lane, comics’ most famous love interest, who’s been, in the many live action appearances she collected over the years, his girlfriend, wife and even lover. In the upcoming Man of Steel, Lois will be portrayed by Amy Adams, clearly in a pre-marriage version of the character. The tough journalist is one of the major elements in Superman’s mythology, and has appeared along him almost every depiction of the hero, but her most famous portrayal is possibly Margot Kidder‘s one, who gave her an enojoyable neurotic character; many other actresses have donned Lois’ tailleur, from Kate Bosworth to Erica Durance, from Noel Neill to Teri Hatcher. Let’s see who she is in the comics.

Lois Lane was the eldest daughter of Ella and Sam Lane. Her father, an army general, wanted two sons, and didn’t care much of the fact that the sons he was promised were actually daughters, so he raised Lois and her sister Lucy as they actually were males, arriving to the point of training them in armed and unarmed combat (a skill that would have proved useful in the future, but was quite odd at the beginning). Because of Sam’s soldier life, Lois used to travel a lot when she was a kid, and moved from a place to another with her family, never settling down. This made her become very independent and self-reliant, anloislanecomics1 uncommon girl with a strong character and a stubborn attitude. When she was fifteen, the Lane family moved in a military base near Metropolis, the biggest city in USA. In Metropolis, she approached Perry White, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Daily Planet, who Lois had met once when she was visiting the journal’s building with her class. Lois, lying about her age (she told Perry she was eighteen), asked him for a job, but her brilliant plan was thwarted by Lucy, who came with her and told Perry her sister’s real age. Lois was clearly sent away, but she managed to overhear some journalists who were speaking of White’s desperate desire of having a scoop about Lex Luthor, Metropolis’ new celebrity. Lois, who didn’t surrender at all, escaped from her house during the night (a house that was inside a military base, so the task wasn’t an easy one at all) and sneaked into Luthor’s tower (another hard task). In Luthor’s office, Lois managed to steal some files, but was caught by the tower’s owner, who just scolded the child and sent her away. Perry White, knowing what Lois did, was so impressed that he decided to giver her a job, despite her very young age, and that proved to be one of the rightest choice of his life, since Lois soon grew up to be one of Daily Planet’s best reporters ever.

The biggest story Lois had ever covered fell literally from the sky. While she was flying on the new experimental shuttle Constitution as one of the test passengers, an incident occured, and the space cruiser started to fall on Metropolis. The tragedy was foiled by a flying man, who grabbed the shuttle in mid-air and made it land smoothly and safely. Lois tried to reach him, but he flew away before she could even speak to him. Back to the Daily Planet, Lois wrote an article about the incident, in which she named her unknown savior “Superman”, a name that he would have loislanecomics2become famous with all over the world. Superman became an obsession for Lois, and she tried to have an exclusive interview with him many times, but always failed, until the day she faked a car accident to get his attention. The expedient succeeded, and Lois had her interview, but back at the Planet she learnt that a newcomer, Clark Kent, had beaten her on time. This event at first put a professional enmity between Lane and Kent, but with time the two became good friends, and even started dating. With many superheroes showing up, Lois became an expert in the field, and was among the very first humans to visit Themyscira, the Amazons‘ kingdom. With the years, Lois also became a media enemy of Lexcorp and of its CEO, Lex Luthor, and she managed to expose many illegal deeds of the corporation, putting in danger the Planet many times in the process. After some time together, then, Clark Kent finally proposed to her, and she agreed to become his wife; willing to share his life with her, Clark also revealed Lois that he was Superman. She accepted her husband-to-be dual identity, and from that moment on (after a brief time in which she tried to use her position of Superman’s wife for getting the best scoops) she helped Clark to keep his identity secret the best she could.

Lois Lane is an incredibly strong and determined woman, a girl who is used to fight for everything she wants since she was a child. She has a nearly infallible reporter instinct, and her boss, Perry White, forgives her many professional misdeeds because of her indubitable talent and honesty. She’s deeply in love with her husband, Clark Kent, aka Kal-El, aka Superman, and learnt to live well with being married of a super-powered alien from another world. With a deep sense of duty and a strong belief in the power of journalism, a tough character and a true affection towards her friends and family, Lois Lane is one of the best citizens Metropolis has ever had.

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  1. […] portrayed by Peyton List: in the show, she shared quite a rivalry with her sister Lois, and she proved to be quite a hothead, trying to con Lex Luthor out of his money. This version of […]

  2. […] Hope was disgusted by Luthor’s true nature, and cooperated with Clark Kent and Lois Lane to expose him, Mercy on the opposite decided to stay loyal to him, and followed him also in his […]

  3. […] yet unexperienced champion like he was, in a titanic battle that would have led to the death of Lois Lane, Superman’s love interest. Wanting to avoid this, Vartox traveled to Earth with his […]

  4. […] being a short-lived relationship. Cat, in fact, soon realised that Kent was actually in love with Lois Lane, even if he didn’t want to admit it to himself, and that he was more interested in saving her […]

  5. […] working with some of the best journalists in the city, including the nearly legendary reporter Lois Lane. Jimmy befriended Lois as well, and he saw her talent as unrivaled…until something unexpected […]

  6. […] and his name is slightly changed into Randall Loomis, portrayed by JD Cullum, an ex schoolmate of Lois Lane who she suspects might be the stalker persecuting her; the real Prankster happens to be a man […]

  7. […] was also the one the android desired the most: death. In his rampage, however, Amazo almost killed Lois Lane as well, and Superman, powered-up by an exoskeleton he named Supermobile, intervened and saved […]

  8. […] over The Vanishing, a strange phenomenon during which millions of people (including his wife Lois Lane) had disappeared, came to him to seek advice. Superman felt guilty, since when the […]

  9. […] Jo. In the movie, she never leaves the ship like most of her peers, and acts as a prison guard to Lois Lane, only to be subdued with embarassing ease. She’s likely killed with all the others when the […]

  10. […] Since she divorced from Pete Ross, she has started some sort of rivalry with Clark’s wife, Lois Lane, who doesn’t see well the return on scenes of her husband’s first […]

  11. […] the Fortress, and also managed to shut down a Superman Robot when it went mad and tried to kill Lois Lane, whom it was supposed to protect. Superman rebuilt also Kelex’ body the moment he […]

  12. […] Clark Kent, the embodiment of everything Steve thought a real man shouldn’t be. When Lois Lane, one of DP’s most beautiful reporters, started dating with Kent, Lombard only started […]

  13. […] arrested Superman and put him on trial for his “crimes”, kidnapping Lana Lang, Lois Lane, Perry White, Steve Lombard and Jimmy Olsen and using them as jury. Past Superboy managed to […]

  14. […] form, as a wraith of the Phantom Zone; she escaped her dimensional prison and possessed Lois Lane‘s body to contact her “son”, Davis Bloome aka Doomsday. She then appeared with […]

  15. […] the years. In his first appearance, he was a reporter of the Daily Planet, who also had a crush on Lois Lane. He suffered a nearly fatal car accident, and was saved at the last moment by Dr. Emmett Vale, an […]

  16. […] otherwise indestructible body. Despite being severly injured, Superman kept fighting Doomsday, and Lois Lane‘s presence on the battlefield (near Daily Planet) only strenghtened his resolution in […]

  17. […] but extremely satisfying. Perry hired some of the best journalists he ever met, such as a teenager Lois Lane, or the apparently goofy countryman Clark Kent, making the Daily Planet one of the best newspapers […]

  18. […] of all time, in his Superman identity; Jonathan also befriended immediately his daughter-in-law, Lois Lane, finally enjoying the beautiful family life he had always […]

  19. […] around the world, but was even happier the moment he married a beautiful and good girl, journalist Lois Lane. Martha helped other Kryptonians, such as Kara Zor-El/Supergirl and Clark’s […]

  20. […] shy and awkward man, while Martha created a costume for him. A Metropolis young reporter, Lois Lane, who witnessed his debut, nicknamed him Superman, and that remained the official name for the […]

  21. […] the Queen used her skills to take also the place of some “untouchable” women such as Lois Lane, Superman‘s wife, or Sue Dibny, wife of the Elongated Man. The Queen proved herself to be […]

  22. […] the journalist, during a self-imposed competition with colleagues Clark Kent and (especially) Lois Lane, tried to infiltrate the criminal cartel Intergang to prove to everybody that she was just as […]

  23. […] a simple man, a horse farmer who married a beautiful woman, Ella, and had two daughters from her, Lois and Lucy. He and his family lived in a small rural town, Pittsdale, Iowa, and when Lois and Lucy […]

  24. […] over pretty much everything soon put Dirk at odds with some of his colleagues, especially Lois Lane and Clark Kent, but even with editor-in-chief Perry White, who didn’t exactly apreciated […]

  25. […] to have him killed more than once. The attacks ended up involving also Clark’s colleague Lois Lane, and they eventually failed because of the intervention of Superman, who forced Conduit and his […]

  26. […] building; inheriting part of the Man of Steel’s memories and even feelings, he kidnapped Lois Lane and escaped, followed by Superman. Lucy’s presence managed to calm down the artificial being […]

  27. […] rumored. The actress is Jenet Kylburn, a scientist from S.T.A.R. Labs who’s contacted by Lois Lane to understand the nature of a weird bullet she found in Nairomi. The scientist cannot identify […]

  28. […] destroyed the offices of the Daily Planet, and she was the one to find Lor-Zod, in company of Lois Lane. Using her newfound super-strength, Ursa knocked Lois out with a single finger, and she took both […]

  29. […] most recent incarnation in Smallville: in the episode Isis, it’s Erica Durance‘s Lois Lane who finds the amulet and transforms into an incarnation of the goddess, bent on finding her […]

  30. […] albeit he’s named only in the movie’s novelization: he’s the one who pours Lois Lane a drink while she meets her source, Glenn Woodburn, while investigating on the mysterious Joe […]

  31. […] to destroy Slade Wilson‘s prisons for superhumans; she also spends all her time criticizing Lois Lane for being an unworthy partner to Clark, but she changes her mind when the “puny human” […]

  32. […] from sure. Anyway, let’s take a look at the original Vicki Vale, originally a pastiche of Lois Lane, then evolved into her own […]

  33. […] more malicious version of the character, this time human-sized and with no trademark: he trapped Lois, Clark and the rest of the world in a time loop leading to the planet’s destruction, but […]

  34. […] as the villain behind the curtains until he was exposed and died in an explosion after kidnapping Lois Lane. In Smallville, there were two Alexander(s): the first was portrayed by Nico Ghisi, and was the […]

  35. […] 10 episode Fortune. In the show, Amos is the owner of the casino in which both Clark Kent and Lois Lane celebrate their bachelor/bachelorette party, and things get awry when a “drunken” […]

  36. […] an all-out war on Metropolis‘ vigilantes starting with Stiletto…who’s actually Lois Lane in disguise. More disturbing and cruel than his live action counterparts, Bruno is quite a monster […]

  37. […] the duo was soon reached by a reborn Superman, this time the real deal as confirmed by Lois Lane, who thanked them for keeping an eye on Metropolis while he was gone; Superman renamed Irons […]


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