Actresses who played Superman's Lois Lane over the years [PHOTOS]

Amy Adams joins a line of remarkable actresses as Lois Lane role in latest Superman flick

  @ibtimes on March 28 2011 3:13 AM
  • Amy Adams
    Amy Adams will play journalist Lois Lane in Hollywood’s revival of 'Superman,' a report on LA Times said March 27, 2010. The 36-year-old star got the news on Sunday from director Zack Snyder, who phoned her from Paris, where he was promoting his just-opened film, 'Sucker Punch," the report said. “For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it," Snyder is quoted as saying. PHOTO: Amy Adams, best supporting actress nominee for her role in 'The Fighter', arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
  • Kate Bosworth
    Kate Bosworth played Lois Lane in 2006's Superman returns. Directed by Bryan Singer, the movie starred David Fabrizio, Vincent Stone, Ian Roberts (II) and Brandon Routh. PHOTO: Actress Kate Bosworth arrives for the Burberry Prorsum Fall/Winter 2011 collection show at London Fashion Week February 21, 2011. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
  • Teri Hatcher
    Now more famous as one of the 'Desperate Housewives', Teri Hatcher played Lois Lane of the 90s in 'Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman' (TV Series) between 1993-1997. PHOTO: U.S. actress Teri Hatcher, playfully covers up the face of a cardboard cutout of herself during a photo session after being voted the sexiest woman in the world in a magazine poll June 9. The men's magazine FHM recieved over 200,000 votes from readers with Hatcher, who plays Lois Lane in the T.V. series "Superman" receiving first place, followed by 'Friends' star Jennifer Anniston. REUTERS/Ian Waldie
  • Margot Kidder
    Margot Kidder played Lois Lane along side Christopher Reeve's Superman in the first four comic book superhero turned into Superman movies. The Canadian born actress later went on to play part of Brigette Crosby in Smallville, set back in time when Clark Kent was just a kid. PHOTO: Kiddler at Superman movie event in the Warner Bros. studio museum in Burbank May 1, 2001. Kidder portrayed Lois Lane in the film which also starred Christopher Reeve as Superman. Warner Bros. brought the cast together for the release of the film on DVD. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
  • Erica Durance
    Years later, another Canadian actress played Lois Lane. Erica Durance starred as the journalist in the TV drama series 'Smallville.' PHOTO: Erica Durance, star of the drama series "Smallville", poses at the launch party for The CW television network at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California September 18, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
  • Noel Neill
    Noel Neill played the original Lois Lane between 1948 and 1950 in Kirk Alyn's Superman. The actress, who wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father and pursue journalism, incidentally got the role for brilliantly portraying a reporter in the musical Teen Agers in 1945. After being pulled into the role of Lois Lane for the first time in 1948, Neill once again picked up the role in 1954. She worked alongside George Reeves till 1958. PHOTO: Actors Jack Larson (L) and Noel Neill, who played Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane respectively in the 1952 Superman television series, pose for photograph during the Superman Returns DVD and video game launch party in Hollywood November 16, 2006. REUTERS/GUS RUELAS
  • Lois Lane on the Radio
    Before the big and the small screens, the adaptations of Superman featured on radio. Rollie Bester was the first voice over artist to play Lois Lane in 1940 while Bud Collyer took the voice of Superman. Bester was followed by Helen Choate, following whom Joan Alexander became the third and final radio voice for Lois Lane. PHOTO: D.C. Comics' Superman is seen in a montage, September 17, 1996 of the comic book that will appear in the October 9 issue when the Superhero, dressed up as the mild-mannered Clark Kent, will finally marry Lois Lane. REUTERS/Handout SUPERMAN WEDDI
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Beating the likes of Natalie Portman, Jessica Biel and Keira Knightley, Amy Adams has grabbed the role of Lois Lane in the latest Superman flick, Superman: Man of Steel, in a casting choice that has largely been received well as the actress joins a list of remarkable artists who have portrayed the crucial DC Comic character in the past.

Amy Adams' casting comes after the actress proved her grit as the bartender in The Fighter. The 36-year-old redhead had till then predominantly acted in simple and subtle roles in movies such as Enchanted, Leap Year and Julie & Julia.

Among the other actresses whose names emerged in the running for the role included Olivia Wilde (TRON:Legacy), Natalie Portman (Black Swan, V for Vendetta), Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls), Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns), Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean), Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), and Jessica Biel (The Illusionist).

LA Times' Hero Complex broke the news of Amy Adams being selected for the role of Lois Lane, the reporter for the Daily Planet in the DC comic books.

Superman: Man of Steel, Zack Snyder's interpretation of the DC Comics production will feature Henry Cavill, a relative newcomer, as Superman.

Amy Adams' casting has been received well by the fans and the press. A blog on LA Times noted that the Oscar nominated actress will be able to bring experience and a modern spin to the character in comparison to the actresses who played the role in the past.

Incidentally, Adams is more experienced at this point in her career than Margot Kidder, who when she was cast as Lois in the 1978 Superman in her late 20s had mostly genre movies under her belt.

Kidder, like the original Golden Age comics character, brought a more thick-skinned approach to Lois - in Adams terms, it was more Charlene Fleming than Giselle, the blog observed.

Who is Lois Lane

The character that emerged in 1938 is the primary love interest of Superman or Clark Kent. The undeniable chemistry between the journalist and the superhero eventually ends in marriage.

Media adaptations of the seven decade history of the comic book have depicted Lois Lane in varying light. Although initially the character was portrayed frivolously, she later on took on a tougher avatar.

Start the slideshow to see the complete list of actresses who have played Lois Lane over the years on the big screen, in television series as well as on the radio:

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