Man Of Steel’s Lois Lane: “I wasn’t trying to emulate Margot Kidder”

Man Of Steel’s Amy Adams on reimagining Lois Lane and the influence of Margot Kidder.

Man Of Steel Lois Lane
Man Of Steel Lois Lane
Margot Kidder as Lois Lane

Speaking to USA Today, Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s forthcoming Man Of Steel, underlined how her version of Superman’s dogged foil and love interest was a complete reimagining, saying, “This was a new idea, down to the hair colour. I knew people would want to talk about my hair colour. It was going to be a thing. Zack told me he didn’t hire me to play someone else. He hired me to play Lois Lane. It’s a whole reimagining.

“It’s a totally different realisation of the Superman lore,” Adams continued, “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.”

That’s not to say the actor doesn’t have great reverence for Margot Kidder, who played the iconic comic-book role in 1978’s Superman, 1980’s Superman II, 1983’s Superman III and finally 1987’s Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.

“I grew up really loving her,” enthused Adams. “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 glamourised, really – she was kind of a troublemaker. She wasn’t a typical heroine. I identified with her from a very young age.”

Man Of Steel is in cinemas from 14 June 2013.