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.