You don’t spit into the wind and you don’t tug on Superman’s cape. Thanks to the late Jim Croce, we know these things to be true. But do you make a Superman movie without Lois Lane? Zack Snyder’s reboot appears to be heading in that direction. A few names have popped up as leading the race to appear as the leading lady in Snyder’s re-imagining of a truly old and tired movie franchise: Rosemund Pike, Alice Eve, and Diane Kruger. The biggest news after the fact that an Englishman has been hired to don that cap and fight for truth, justice and the… American?… way is that Supe’s main squeeze Lois Lane does not appear to be headed for googolplexes around the country.
Can you make a Superman movie without Lois Lane? Along with the sound of one hand clapping and that whole thing about that tree in the forest, this is one of the all time great philosophical questions. Okay, sure, you can make a Clark Kent movie without Lois. Lana Lang and all that. But a Clark Kent movie isn’t a Superman movie, is it? Try to imagine the Christopher Reeve “Superman” without pre-crazy Margot Kidder. Can you imagine spending any time at all watching Dean Cain strut around in those tights if Teri Hatcher had not been in training for her future as a housewife of the desperate variety? Those of another generation should try to imagine the 1950s Superman TV show without either Noel Neil or Phyllis Coates. (Trivia alert: Neil and Coates, who both played Lois to George Reeves’ Superman actually both appeared in the 1952 commie-hysteria flick “Invasion, USA.”)
Nothing inherent wrong with a Superman movie minus Lois Lane exists. Then again, nothing inherently wrong with a Superman movie that doesn’t take place in the city of Metropolis exists. It’s all a question of perspective. You can call what Zack Snyder is planning a Superman movie all you want, but a Superman movie without Lois Lane at the very least seems like “Batman” movie without Commissioner Gordon, “Spiderman” without Mary Jane Watson and “Sherlock Holmes” without Dr. Watson.
Of course, there may be an upside to all this. Margot Kidder’s bizarre behavior of several years ago certainly brought her into the whole “Superman Curse” underworld. Maybe eschewing the presence of the Daily Planet’s ace reporter can act as some kind of ritual cleansing that finally stamps a sign reading The End on that entire curse business that ranged from George Reeves’ possible suicide to Christopher Reeve’s paralyzing accident to Teri Hatcher’s appearing in a series of commercials with Howie Long in which she played the idiot.
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