Amy Adams is out doing publicity for “The Master” right now, but that doesn’t mean that interviewers aren’t going to try to slip in a few questions about what it’s like to be the latest Lois Lane.
Here Adams talks to Yahoo!Movies about what it wa like to play the iconic character in next summer’s “Man of Steel.”
It was fun. It was intimidating because it was played before by Margot Kidder, whom I love. One of my favorite movies growing up was “” — and “.” I was kind of a nerd; I loved them so much. It was important to create a character that was new because I thought she was perfect. It’s hard to step into a role where you thought someone had already achieved what could be achieved. But coming from theater, you’re always stepping into a role that’s been done before, so you’re always excited about it.
And how is she different?
It’s a totally different realization of the Superman lore, so I felt free in that way because I wasn’t trying to emulate any sort of banter that had been established by Christopher Reeve and Kidder. I was given a lot of permission to create a new character.
I saw panicked reactions from Superman fans in response to this quote, and they’re all working themselves into a tizzy for nothing. The comments were all about, “What does she mean she’s playing a new character? She’s supposed to be Lois Lane!” As Adams noted, in theater you’re always playing characters that have been played before but no one does them the same way. There have been a million Hamlets but none are the same. She just means that if you loved Margot Kidder or Teri Hatcher, that’s great, but she’s not doing a carbon copy of the way they played Lois (mostly, of course, because the script is different). It’s also worth keeping in mind that the Superman comic is almost 75 years old and the character of Lois has gone through a lot of changes during that time. So if you think you know exactly what Lois Lane is supposed to be like, you may be right for one time period but not for another. Calm down and wait until you see the movie.