Heroine Overview

It's not wrong if it's the truth.
~ Lois Lane.
A lot of people talk about the end of the world... but no one really believes it will happen. Surprise. As I look out over the city, I see that very finale moving towards me... a blank of whiteness, enveloping buildings, streets, people... leaving nothing in its wake but the horror of total absence. It's getting closer, almost here. I-I don't know if... I-I'll try to keep... Clark. ...I love you.
~ Lois Lane to Clark Kent.
I believe in you, Clark Kent. I believe in Superman.
~ Prime-Earth Lois Lane.

Lois Lane is a heroine from the DC Universe and the love interest of Superman. She's a reporter of the Daily Planet, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (though how she won a Pulitzer is never specified).She is the deuteragonist of the Superman franchise.

She was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and first appeared in Action Comics # 1 in June of 1938.

Origins

Original

Lois Lane is the daughter of Sam Lane, a military officer and Ella Lane, and is the older sister to Lucy Lane. Sam desired a son but instead received two daughters, and resented his children and treated them as if they were members of his unit during their childhoods. Lois received combat training, and once admitted that she was taught how to throw knives with her toes. Lois' harsh upbringing and her combat training made her believe that she had to fight to get her rightful share from the men in the world, becoming a military brat due to her family having to move a lot.

When she was fifteen years old, while her family was living near Metropolis, she approached Perry White at the Daily Planet and asked him for a job. Lois lied about her age to get the job, but Lucy later told Perry the truth. Overhearing some reporters say that whomever got a scoop on Lex Luthor would get on Perry's good side, Lois decided to do so and sneak into Luthor's tower after dark. Attempting to steal some files, she was caught by Luthor himself, who gave a paddling and sent her on her way. Despite failing to get the files, Perry hired her, impressed with her determination. As a reporter of the Daily Planet, Lois quickly became a success, winning a coveted Pulitzer Prize early in her career.

Lois was invited aboard a experimental space shuttle, the Constitution, but it collided with a civilian aircraft. Suddenly, a mysterious man flying saved her and the shuttle, and Lois met her savior. The two showed instant chemistry, and got the byline for the front page newspaper story - "Mysterious Superman saves Space Plane!", thus becoming the first person to call him by the name of "Superman". Lois wanted to interview Superman, and met him after faking a car accident to get his attention. However, Perry revealed that a new reporter he just hired had beaten her to the exclusive story - Clark Kent.

It took time for Lois to forgive Clark for beating her to the punch, but the two became good friends and began dating. Lois also was one of the first people from the outside world who got to visit Themyscira, and helped Wonder Woman fight Eris, the daughter of Ares.

Revised

In Superman: Secret Origin, Lois worked at the Daily Planet, which was suffering from financial problems. Luthor owned every media outlet in Metropolis, and used it to enforce his public image as a wealthy benefactor, but Lois wrote several articles against Luthor. Despite writing the truth, her rebellion led the Daily Planet to the brink of bankruptcy. Clark Kent was hired to the planet as a reporter, and became good friends with Lois.

Prime Earth

Lois origins mostly stays the same on Prime Earth, with Lois and Lucy grew up traveling with their parents from military bases across the world. Lois and Lucy also spoke a mishmash of various languages, due most in part because of their mother's Latino ethnicity. Lois' mother, Eleanor, died while they were living in Germany, and she took on many tasks such as chores and looking after Lucy. Lois eventually became a reporter at the Daily Planet, and five years before the public revelation and acceptance of superheroes to the world, she and Jimmy Olsen captured a clear photograph of Superman in action.

Romances

Superman

Lois Lane has had a long-standing fascination with the Man of Steel since he first rescued her. She spent the majority of her career trying to get an interview from him, succeeding at least once in the comics, movies and cartoons.

Over time this obsession turned to love and Superman finally revealed his true identity to her: her reporting rival, Clark Kent!

In the videogame Injustice: Gods Among Us, Superman finds out that Lois is pregnant. Shortly afterwards she's kidnapped by the Joker, and when Superman tries to save her he's drugged with a mix of Scarecrow's fear gas kryptonite fumes.

He imagines Doomsday about to attack and forces him into orbit. It's not until he's well above the Earth's atmosphere that Superman realizes that he was actually attacking Lois!

When Superman comes back down to Earth, he sees that the Joker used this as a distraction to destroy all of Metropolis.

Broken beyond repair, Superman kills the Joker and places all of Earth under his dictatorship. These events illustrate just how much Lois means to Superman. If he lost her he'd lose his humanity.

Clark Kent

When Lois first met Clark, she didn't have much of an opinion on him, but when he started making headlines on Superman's activites, she developed an on-off rivalry.

Lois also had a habit of teasing Clark who seemed fairly wimpy despite his build and success.

Eventually, Lois warmed up to Clark and found herself attracted to him in a similar manner to Superman. When she found out that the two were one and the same, she publicly married Clark and had a private wedding ceremony with Superman.

Lex Luthor

Luthor has had a long-standing attraction to Lois. Lois, however, sees Luthor as the villain he is, frequently questioning him on what his latest technological venture is intended for and pointing out how many of his war machines have a suspicious habit of falling into the wrong hands.

In the Lois and Clark TV series, a more suave version of Lex Luthor makes several attempts to woo Lois and is portrayed as a romantic rival for Clark as well as an arch-nemesis to Superman. He nearly succeeded in getting Lois to marry him, but is thwarted even then.

In Superman: Red Son, Lois is married to Lex Luthor since Superman grew up in Russia and was publicly linked to Wonder Woman.

Portrayals

Film

Live-Action

  • In Superman (1948), she was portrayed by the late Noel Neill, who also played the character again in Stamp Day for Superman.
  • In Superman and the Mole Men, she was portrayed by Phyllis Coates.
  • In the late Christopher Reeves Superman films, she was portrayed by the late Margot Kidder.

Animated

  • In the Fleischer Studios animated film Superman (1941), she was voiced by the late Joan Alexander.
  • In Superman: Red Son, she was voiced by Cindy Robinson, who also voices Amy Rose.
  • In Superman: Doomsday, she was voiced by Anne Heche, who also played Marion Crane.
  • In Justice League: The New Frontier, she was voiced by Kyra Sedgwick.
  • In All-Star Superman, she was voiced by Christina Hendricks.
  • In Justice League Doom, she was voiced by Grey DeLisle, who also reprised her voice for the character in the Lego DC Comics films, DC Super Hero Girls, and Young Justice: Outsiders
  • In Superman vs. The Elite, she was voiced by Pauley Perrette.
  • In Superman Unbound, she as voiced by Stana Katic.
  • In Justice League: Gods and Monsters, she was voiced by Paget Brewster.
  • In Superman: Man of Tomorrow, she is voiced by Alexandra Daddario.

DCAMU

  • In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, she was voiced by Dana Delaney.
  • In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, she was voiced by Juliet Landau.
  • In The Death of Superman, Reign of the Supermen, and Batman: Hush, she was voiced by Rebecca Romijn, who also played Mystique in the original timeline of the X-Men films.

Television

Live-Action

  • In the Adventures of Superman, she was portrayed by Phyllis Coates.
  • In Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, she was portrayed by Teri Hatcher.
  • In Smallville, she was portrayed by Erica Durance.
  • In the Arrowverse, she is portrayed by Elizabeth Tulloch.

Animated

  • In the 1960s Filmation The New Adventures of Superman, she was voiced by the late Joan Alexander and the late Julie Bennett.
  • In Super Friends, she was voiced by Shannon Famon.
  • In Superman (1988), she was voiced by Ginny McSwain.
  • In The Batman, she was voiced by Dana Delaney.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, she was voiced by Sirena Irwin.
  • In Tales of Metropolis, she was voiced by Maria Bamford.
  • In the original DC Super Hero Girls, she was voiced by Alexis G. Zall.
  • In Justice League Action, she was voiced by Tara Strong, who voices Harley Quinn in numerous media, Timmy Turner and Poof in Fairly OddParents, Ben Tennyson in the Ben 10 series, Twilight Sparkle in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Video Games

  • In Superman: The Man of Steel, she was voiced by Monica Murray.
  • In DC Universe Online, she was voiced by Adriene Mishler.
  • In Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, she was voiced by Bridget Hoffman.
  • In Lego Dimensions, she was voiced by Courtenay Taylor, who voices Janine Melnitz in the same game and Ada Wong in the Resident Evil series, and also voiced Starla in The Regular Show, K.O. in OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, Jack in the Mass Effect series, Hex and Knight Mare in Skylanders.
  • In Lego DC Super-Villains, she was voiced by Cissy Jones, who also voiced Fury in Darksiders III.

Radio

  • In the 1940s The Adventures of Superman, she was voiced by the late Rolly Bester, Helen Choate and the late Joan Alexander.
  • In BBCs Radio 4 Superman on Trial and The Adventures of Superman, he was voiced by Shelley Thompson and Lorelei King in the latter, who voiced the character again in Superman: Doomsday & Beyond.

Broadway

  • In 1966s It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Superman, she was portrayed by the late Patricia Marand.
  • In 1975s It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Superman, she was portrayed by Lesley Ann Warren.
  • In 2013s Encores, she was portrayed by Jenny Powers.

Quotes

As long as you've done everything you can, Clark, you've nothing to regret. And you always do everything you can. Always. You know that... don't you?
~ Lois to Superman.
You look at Superman, and you wonder, what can he possibly have to worry about? What could possibly ever hurt him? But just because his skin is invulnerable, that doesn't mean his heart is. And that's how you hurt Superman. You break his heart.
~ Lois Lane.
I need you to consider this, Clark -- maybe, just maybe, sometimes... I'm trying to protect you.
~ Lois Lane.

Trivia

  • Her birthday is on August 17th.
  • DC planned on Lois and Clark being married in 1993's Superman (Volume 2) @75, but they decided they did not want to have two married in the comics, and not married on the then-upcoming tv show, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

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Heroes
Superman | Supergirl | Superboy | Power Girl | Steel

Kent Family
Lois Lane | Jon Kent | Jonathan Kent | Martha Kent


Kryptonians
Jor-El | Lara Lor-Von | Zor-El | Lor-Zod

Supporting Characters
Lana Lang | Jimmy Olsen | Perry White | Pete Ross | Cat Grant | Sam Lane | Lucy Lane | Bibbo Bibbowski | Lori Lemaris | Maxima


Super-Pets
Krypto the Superdog | Streaky the Supercat | Comet the Super-Horse

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