Amy Adams can summon sweetness to embody a Disney princess, or muster the moxie to play Amelia Earhart. Now, the thrice-Oscar-nominated actress will play yet another role that stretches back to the late 1930s.
The 36-year-old redhead will play Lois Lane in the next big-screen “Superman,” according to the L.A. Times’s Hero Complex blog, which broke the news.
“Superman” director Zack Snyder reportedly phoned Adams today in Paris to give her the good news. In January, Henry Cavill, 27 — perhaps best known from Showtime’s “The Tudors” — was announced as Snyder’s Man of Steel.
Today’s bit of inspired casting helps Snyder and Warner Bros. redirect some of the headlines off of their underperforming new film “Sucker Punch,” a $75-million action flick that made only $19-million in its opening this weekend.
Adams’s breakthrough role was 2005’s “Junebug,” and her 2007 twirl as “Enchanted’s” Disney heroine harks back to 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” — a year before another plucky character, Lois Lane, debuted as Daily Planet journalist and Superman/Clark Kent’s love interest on the pages of Action Comics No.-1.
Kevin Costner and Diane Lane were recently cast as the Last Son of Krypton’s adoptive Earth parents, Pa and Ma Kent, for the Warner Bros. film, which is scheduled to be released in December 2012.
Adams’s most recent Oscar nomination was this year, for her turn in “The Fighter,” in which she co-starred opposite Oscar-winning Christian Bale — who’ll reprise his Batman role for “The Dark Knight Rises.” This isn’t Adams’s first time with an on-screen Supes; in 2001, she appeared on the TV series “Smallville.”
Comic Riffs can see Adams displaying some of the quick-quipping spunk that Noel Neill flashed in the ‘40s. Lois Lane has also previously been played by such actresses as Margot Kidder, Teri Hatcher, Erica Durance and Kate Bosworth.
The inspiration for Lois Lane, Joanne Siegel, died in February at age 93; she answered a modeling ad as a teenager and would go on to marry Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. For years, she reportedly had fought to help her husband’s estate regain the legal rights to Superman and related properties.