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.

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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: