With all the different Superman in other media pretty much done, I figured I would cap the end of the year off with my Random look at other characters in the Superman mythology.
Now before you complain, I never intended, as I stated in the beginning, of covering all of Superman’s shows and whatnot. The Lois and Clark show lost me in season three and I never cared enough to go back and finish. The radio program and the 50’s show all look nice, but I have rarely had a chance to indulge them. Maybe someday I shall complete this part of my Geekism, maybe someday.
So onto my Random topic this time, the incredible and amazing Lois Lane!
In the beginning, Lois was not very nice. She was a fellow reporter at The Daily Planet and was mean to Clark quite abit. But to Superman she was a swooning schoolgirl. This setup lasted for years and years and decades and decades, with the fifties Lois stories being so rancid with her awful attitude and continually chasing Superman for marriage, that I cannot stand to read those tales. For me, incremental improvements were made through the seventies, but Lois certainly became more real a few years after the 1980’s Man Of Steel reboot.
The Best Lois!!
Lois always felt most real in the late eighties onward to just before The New 52 launched. During this time, Lois was shown to be a tough reporter, very intelligent, and very caring. She had figured out the secret identity of Superman, but denied it to herself, because of all the feelings this concept brought out. Lois in this era survived the death of her love, Superman, and was very involved in trying to fix the situation. This was the Lois, who even after writers had crafted lame reasons to break them up, had come back to Metropolis and quickly rekindled the epic romance. The marriage of Lois and Clark was wonderful and filled with ups and downs, and when Greg Rucka wrote them, they were the best.
The Man Of Steel Movie!!!
One of my favourite parts of The Man Of Steel movie was the quick realization by Lois Lane, as she intrepidly tracked down her alien man story, that this mysterious Superman was actually Clark Kent. When that scene happened, with all the cards on the table between the two, I mentally cheered. It has always bothered me how Lois was treated as being stupid and clueless, for virtually all of her existence. While Superman IV heavily implied Lois knew, it was never fully stated, and Smallville took forever to get to this point. With Lois part and parcel with the secret, helping Clark at both his jobs, it creates a much more equal partnership between the two. And I cannot wait to see how this develops in the sequel.
Lois Lane has always been an important part of the Superman mythos, even when she was played stupidly. For decades as his girlfriend, then as his wife. When written well, she is the rock he needs and requires. I just wish DC would remember that.
…is currently reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
P.S. This post is one of several I hope to do this year to celebrate the 75th Birthday of Superman. Happy Birthday Kal-El! Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
P.P.S. Superman Man Of Steel opened Friday, June 14th 2013 and is now on dvd. For an indepth look at the creation of this landmark movie, check out Jeffrey Taylor’s columns.