‘Man Of Steel': The Importance Of Lois Lane

by Brett White

With “Man of Steel” opening today in theaters, all attention is currently fixated on Superman. But there’s another character that has been by his side for 75 years, who debuted right alongside him in “Action Comics” #1 way back in 1938, and who is incredibly important to the Superman mythos. That character is Lois Lane, the fearless reporter whose human courage inspires even Earth’s powerful alien protector. The legendary character is brought to life in the new film by Amy Adams, who inherited her press pass from Kate Bosworth, Erica Durance, Dana Delaney, Teri Hatcher, Margot Kidder, Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill, among others.

But when you’re paired up with a man who can punch mountains, you’re bound to get overlooked. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen. Without Lois Lane, there is no Superman. To give the character some much deserved attention, we approached a panel of comic creators, journalists and fans to get the lowdown on Lois Lane.

“Lois is central because she’s Clark’s hero. She’s audacious. Irrepressible. Superman might catch that meteor to protect Ma and Pa and Jimmy, but Lois is the reserve when all other fuel is depleted. She’s the fire behind the heat vision. She teaches him something new every day, about humanity, about shrugging off the perceived limitations of the individual in pursuit of social justice. She’s as much a crusader as Batman, but she doesn’t need to hide behind a mask.” — Paul Montgomery, iFanboy

“To my mind Lois is the high point of human spirit who routinely changes the world for the better by getting out in it and making things happen.” — Jeff Parker, writer “Adventures of Superman”

“Lois is the conduit between Superman and the reader, and humanity as a whole. She humanizes him. It’s right there in the very first issue of ’Action Comics,’ when Superman assures her that she ’needn’t be afraid of him.’ Of course she’s also an example of how human beings can excel at things. She’s a great reporter — one of the best around and earns the respect and awe of Superman. Lois is also the ’one’ for Superman, connecting with him romantically and spiritually in a way that brings him closest to humanity.” — Sue, DC Women Kicking Ass

“Lois Lane, more than anything else, is the Metropolitan representative of the beliefs Clark Kent was raised with. As corrupt as the big, bad city can be, Lois shows Clark that Ma and Pa Kent weren’t wrong and that there are humans who fight a never-ending battle for what they think is right. Lois doesn’t constantly put herself in harm’s way because she knows Superman will save her; she does it because she’s willing to die for the truth.” — Michael Hartney, writer/performer “So I Like Superman

“You can tell a good Superman story without Lois Lane. You’ll tell a much better story with her. Superman is a clear-cut archetype of superhero idealism — tremendous power in selfless service to the weak — and Lois’s role has been more changeable, more ambiguous over the years. But at her best, she represents human idealism and everyday heroism. I hate the idea of Lois as damsel-in-distress, or as Superman’s ’weak spot.’ She’s his strength. She’s a better person than Superman because she fights injustice and faces danger without his tremendous advantages, and that makes her his inspiration. Lois Lane’s heroism should drive the story, with Superman as her superpower.” — Andrew Wheeler, Comics Alliance

“Lois is and always has been a critical part of the mythos of Superman. It’s through her eyes that we see the Man of Steel’s power to win over even the most cynical and skeptical Metropolitans, as she’s absolutely the first one ready to blow the whistle on this new ’Superman’ if he isn’t what he claims to be. Moreover, she’s the fulcrum of the great love-triangle-between-two-people — Superman wants to win her heart as Clark, not as a demigod in a cape, because it will feel more ’real’ to him then, more sincere.” — Mark Waid, writer “Superman: Birthright”

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