Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Character Depth – Lois Lane

Taken from my Goodbye, Lois post - still one of my favorites. I've said it before and I'll say it again: A Superman movie is only as good as its Lois Lane. Period.

If Superman is supposed to be some weird allusion to Christ, then Lois Lane was his Mary Magdalene (and Donner inadvertently reinforced the theories of Dan Brown, oddly enough). No matter. Lois was the reformed dirty girl who became Superman’s most faithful follower. She was clever. She was witty. She was feisty. She was vulnerable. She had street smarts. She was one of us. She was all of us. She had to roll around in the muck and write about it while dreaming of a better life and winning the Pulitzer, which we all knew she would never get because her articles were the stuff of cheap scandal rags with tawdry titles like “I Spent the Night with Superman.” She was the girl who was fanatic about making freshly squeezed orange juice while smoking a cigarette. She was the girl who would go to Paris and crawl underneath an elevator inside the biggest phallic symbol in the world and be rescued right before the load was shot into space and exploded. She was the girl who could look Super-Jesus in the eye and ask him about his “bodily functions” and “what color underwear am I wearing?” She was innocence lost and reborn again because she believed in Superman. And she invited him to look at her, to really look at her intimately and dare to tell her that her underwear was “pink,” because… she loved him more than anyone else in the world.


Mim said...

Stan Lee created this vibrant character during a time when women couldn't be considered equal partners in anything, let alone fighting crime.

He created a lot of strong female characters people could look up to.

MaryAn Batchellor said...

First time I've seen that graphic analogy of the Eiffel Tower..

Mystery Man said...

And that, my friend, is the great advantage you get by knowing ME.



Carl S said...

I never saw the new Superman but I had a serious crush on Lois Lane in the old Superman TV show.

She is an interesting character. Her love for Clark is different than her love of Superman but she loves them both in her own way.

Unknown said...

Yeah, well, Saint Louis has the female equivalent of the Eiffiel Tower!

The Arch.

Think about it...

feroze said...

Mim, Stan Lee didn't create Lois Lane.
Jerry Siegel and Joel Schuster created her in 1939 decades before Marvel was ever created.

DC comics were the publishers of the Superman archetype and Marvel just copied their formula.

Arguably Lee created very little, but took a huge anount of credit from his creative co-horts like Jack Kirby.

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