The Man Of Steel // “The Fate Of Your Planet” - Trailer // Warner Brothers (2013)
Superman - Which One Is The Mask ? // artwork by Fabio Castro (2013)
Superman: The Movie // directed by Richard Donner (1978)
Movie Posters: Superman - The Movie
“You’ll Believe A Man Can Fly!”
Release Date: December 11, 1978
Production Budget: $55 million
Domestic Total Gross: $134,218,018
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Movie Posters: Superman II
“The Man of Steel is back, and better than ever!”
Release Date: June 19, 1981
Production Budget: $54 million
Domestic Total Gross: $108,185,706
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Lois Lane: The Legacy // by DC Comics (1938 and Beyond)
There’s another character turning 75 this year and she’s been through so much that you could say she has endured even more than The Man Of Steel, of course I’m talking none other than Miss Lois Lane, who also debuted in Action Comics #1. At first she was introduced as a fierce reporter competing with Clark Kent for the best scoop. She also was the perpetual damsel in distress that Superman had to bail out of of the most crazy situations. The role of Lois has always been of Superman’s companion and through the most diverse voices in the comic industry she’s been featured in tales where she’s been from a stubborn reporter to superpowered girlfriend an even a black woman (?) But it wasn’t until John Byrne’s “Man Of Steel” reboot that we got to see the full potential of this character.
By the Bronze Age the role of women in comics was evolving and being redefined as central characters as much as their males counterparts, since Lois was a supporting character, the post crisis relaunch featured her as Clark’s direct competition in the Daily Planet, a rivalry born out of the fact that while Lois reported the first sight of Superman and even named him, he was the one to hand over to Perry White the first official interview to The Man of Steel ( a safe way to reveal the world what he was all about). As of this moment the dynamics between them brought them together more and more. To the point where Clark could no longer keep his secret from Lois anymore and revealed her his true self. Although the movies made clear that having the secret out was a big issue for Lois, the comics handled it very well making both characters a fun couple to watch. It was this very fact what made The Death Of Superman in 1992 something so dramatic, the picture of Supes dying in the arms of Lois was one of the most iconic images to come out of the event.
After some time DC decided to have both characters married, a decision stalled by the production of the then-popular show “Lois & Clark: The Adventures Of Superman” but very much like what happened in the show, most writers got lazy around both characters and their relationship, forgetting that “married” not always means “boring” a big spur in the creative teams of Supes in the mid 2000’s injected the characters with a whole new infusion of blood, being Brian Azzarello the one who showed us along Jim Lee how much Superman loved Lois and how far he would go for her. This along the efforts in another media like The Superman Animated Series, The Justice League and The Smallvile shows kept Lois in the lime light of every person who wanted to know about this beautiful brunet and sassy reporter who would always go beyond the call of duty to achieve her goals and to do right by her man of steel.
In current times the marriage was undone by the DCnU reboot and we lost 75 years of history and struggling for this couple who took so long to be together, what does the future will bring for Lois and Clark? I guess we just have to keep reading the comics to find out. For now I’m very much looking forward how she will be portrayed in the upcoming Man Of Steel film!.
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Superboy // artwork by Tom Grummet (1993)
The Man Of Steel // artwork by Jon Bogdanove (1993)
The Eradicator Superman // artwork by Jackson “Bucht” Guice (1992)
Cyborg Superman // artwork by Dan Jurgens (1993)