Casting News: Superman

Published on March 28th, 2011

Speculation has been crazy over the past few months as to who will portray Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman reboot, Superman: Man of Steel.  Names such as Natalie Portman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and even Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart have been rumored to be in the running for the role.

Yesterday, the LA Times’ Hero Complex provided confirmation that Academy-Award nominee, Amy Adams will be playing Lois Lane in the upcoming superhero reboot.  Adams will be joined by Henry Cavill in the title role with Snyder directing. The last person to play Lois Lane in a feature film was Kate Bosworth in 2006’s Superman Returns, directed by Bryan Singer.  Superman Returns got lukewarm reviews at best and Bosworth’s somewhat dry performance didn’t help.  Lois Lane has also been portrayed by Erica Durance on the TV show Smallville.

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Adams is the latest in the ever growing cast for Superman: Man of Steel.  Recently, Kevin Costner was cast a Jonathan “Pa” Kent and Diane Lane was cast as Martha “Ma” Kent.  No word has yet been given on who the villain will be, though Snyder has said that the movie will feature a character that”…other people might refer to as ‘Superman.'” Some have taken this to be a hint toward Bizarro while others believe it to be a reference to General Zod.  Coincidentally, both Viggo Mortenson and Gerard Butler have been rumored front runners for the role of Zod.

Strangely enough, there have been no rumors as to the status of Superman’s most iconic villain, Lex Luthor.  It remains to be seen if Superman’s arch-nemesis will even be featured in the forthcoming reboot.

This is actually Adams’ second time playing a Superman character.  She starred in the Smallville episode, “Craving” where she played Jodi Melville, a young, overweight girl who (thanks to very convenient kryptonite poisoning) starts violently metabolizing her own body fat, thereby eliminating her weight problem.  Unfortunately, her metabolism goes out of control and she starts sucking fat out of other living creatures to survive.  Poor thing.

Ian Candish
Ian@ComicImpact.com