'Man of Steel' Reinvents Lois Lane Says Amy Adams

The actress was given the freedom to create a new character in director Zack Snyder's superhero reboot.
Amy Adams discusses the reinvention of Lois Lane in Man of Steel
Amy Adams discusses the reinvention of Lois Lane in Man of Steel
The 2012 summer movie season is in the history books, so naturally, we can now start looking ahead to the 2013 blockbuster lineup. Man of Steel looks to be one of the highlights of the season, starring Henry Cavill as the title character and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. The actress recently spoke about the intimidation factor in playing a character so memorably portrayed by Margot Kidder in Superman.

"It was fun. It was intimidating because it was played before by Margot Kidder, whom I love. One of my favorite movies growing up was Superman -- and Superman II. I was kind of a nerd. I loved them so much. It was important to create a character that was new because I thought she was perfect. It's hard to step into a role where you thought someone had already achieved what could be achieved. But coming from theater, you're always stepping into a role that's been done before, so you're always excited about it."

She also hopes that her portrayal of the Daily Planet journalist will have the same effect on young girls as Margot Kidder's performance had on her.

"I grew up really loving (her). I wasn't trying to be her, but I hope I do enough of a good job to have the same effect on young girls as Lois Lane had on me. I really loved seeing a woman represented as a modern woman in a superhero movie, and not even glamourized, really -- she was kind of a troublemaker. She wasn't a typical heroine. I identified with her from a very young age."

The actress also talked about creating a completely new character, which was director Zack Snyder's game plan all along.

"This was a new idea, down to the hair color. I knew people would want to talk about my hair color. It was going to be a thing. (Director) Zack (Snyder) told me he didn't hire me to play someone else. He hired me to play Lois Lane. It's a whole reimagining."

She added that this new take on the story helped free her up to construct a new version of this iconic character.

"It's a totally different realization of the Superman lore, so I felt free in that way because I wasn't trying to emulate any sort of banter that had been established by Christopher Reeve and Kidder. I was given a lot of permission to create a new character."

The actress also revealed that she hasn't seen a single frame of footage so far.

"I haven't seen it. I haven't seen any footage. It's intense. Henry (Cavill) worked his tail off as Superman. It's different for me. A lot of running. I hold a laser taser of some sort."

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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Comments (87)

  1. Glacia

    @the JOKER.. If a comic book character is an obsession then maybe public forums aren't such a good idea for you. Alternatively you might take some lessons in non-juvenile interaction.

    2 years agoby @glaciaFlag

  2. A7sus4

    As excited and hopeful as I am I can't help but have some concern that the movie will stray too far conceptually. Scripted interviews like this one don't help.

    2 years agoby @a7sus4Flag


    @narrator Haha fine I will use proper spelling and grammar... I am psyched about this film... :)

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    @summit10 I flag and get them booted all the time. It bothers me that they are here!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    @glacia Do you know how to read? If so pick up a comic man. That is who Superman is. The problem is the films have not portrayed any of his tales where he is actually really truly challenged. Please read the comics before you post!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  6. Summit10

    @mcleve02 let it go man...you might scare him hehehe :D you can jump at him when he's not looking ok...

    2 years agoby @summit10Flag

  7. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    I bet she'll do great! Can't wait for the movie! :-)

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  8. Corey W.

    I don't want them to reinvent the character...sorry, not diggin' any character change this film throws at us. Want it to remain the way the character is written in the comics, and in history.

    Personally, I got the feeling they were changing the character once Adams was casted. A ginger Lois Lane? Not right at all.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  9. Dan

    Mixed feelings on this. I love Amy Adams, she's an incredible actress and one of my favorite gingers, but I don't want her straying too far from what we know as Lois Lane. Or perhaps I'm missing the point, with this completely ignoring all previous history. I'm definitely gonna see it either way.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  10. Diaigma

    LOIS! :D

    2 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  11. Sean

    @superman81 I agree. I think he's going to do a very good job as Superman as well.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  12. Superman81

    I am glad that Cavill really put his all into this. Let's hope they all did. I think he is going to do a very good job as superman.

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  13. ejk1

    Someone on this thread doesn't know what they're talking about. Here's a hint: It's not @narrator.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    All I read was a Lois Lane that has to be a role model for today's strong independent women who don't need a man in their life to be happy. Oh and a red head. Because, as we have read, she was hire to act like Lois Lane, not look like her? Am I close or far off?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  15. ruforeel

    Instead of "Lois Lane" how about "Mary Jane Lane" ?

    2 years agoby @ruforeelFlag

  16. the Narrator

    You're "siked" for the movie, @mcleve02? Lol.

    And @glacia, you're missing the point of Superman entirely, btw.
    1. The Kryptonians were an advanced race and Jor-El was a scientist. I'm pretty sure having a crystal that creates the fortress isn't the biggest far-fetched sci-fi thing that audiences have bought.
    2. John and Martha are fundamental Americans at a time when our heroes needed that American factor. Throughout the years, the two characters have evolved with the times, but they remain an important factor of making Big Blue the boy-scout that we either love or hate.
    3. That's a flaw of writing, but most heroes really have the ability of pushing their rounds. Lord knows I hate his fluctuations throughout the years. One year he can hardly lift a building, and the next he can pull nine planets using only a chain? I see your point there.
    4. This is a big factor for me that I agree with, but Goyer's script just might acknowledge this in a funny way.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  17. ridgl

    she says one of her favorite movies as a kid was Superman and she was kind of a nerd. what a shock. Its a shorter list of actresses who say they "weren't" a fan of the source material (Natalie Portman). I call bull sh*t on you, ms. Adams.

    2 years agoby @ridglFlag

  18. skywise

    I hope they dont stray too far from the Lois in the comics

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  19. Joshua Hollaway

    @glacia Sorry, Superman isn't Batman..He is Superman..he is suppose to be "god" like. It is suppose to show his struggles because he just wants to be normal but he can't..what the hell are you smoking?

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  20. Sean

    @Roberto-Mata I am as well !

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  21. Glacia

    Get rid of a few of the nonsense things and you'll have my attention.
    1. Sent as a baby with nothing but has so much stuff from from Krypton he needs a warehouse (where did the horse & monkey go by the way)...
    2. Raised by the the most 2 dimensional white bread people on earth ( The Kents are the most boring humans on earth and not surprisingly made Superman the most boring Superhero)...
    3. Has infinite power that magically increases any time he needs it (seriously he's like a super saiyan)...
    4. Takes off glasses and magically no one recognizes him (It's like when babies cover their eyes and think no one can see them)...

    That's a good start to making a decent story.

    2 years agoby @glaciaFlag


    @ F*ck you, you c*ck sucking spammer!!!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    All I can say is wow... They really truly have their act together with this film!!! I am beyond impressed and siked for this movie!!!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  24. Joshua Hollaway

    Yay, no more fast talking, annoying, dry humor, smash mouth Lois Lane..that persona got old..

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  25. SpaceCowboy

    ...by making her a red-head

    2 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  26. Roberto Mata

    looking forward to it!!!

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag