Over the weekend we learned that three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams would play Clark Kent's classic love interest in Zack Snyder's 'Superman' reboot. The casting is part of an ongoing trend of big-league talent signing on to play the supporting love interest in superhero films, whether we're talking Oscar-winner Natalie Portman ('Thor,' 'Star Wars'), nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal ('The Dark Knight') or winner Jennifer Connelly ('Hulk').
It seems a step down for someone of Adams' caliber, but the actress is already making the press rounds and hitting CinemaCon in Las Vegas, to praise the power of Lois Lane.
L.A. Times' Hero Complex offers up the following quote from Adams:
As far as superhero love interests go, she's right. Lois Lane is a smart, practically fearless supporting heroine who searches for the truth and faces danger. But that independence only goes so far. Lane is a woman who often gets herself into trouble and needs Superman to save her; it's hard to imagine Lois Lane without imagining Supes saving her from some scary, near-death experience. Digging through Superman's myriad media forays, one can't help but wish that she'd find a radioactive spider or some other scientific anomaly that would give her the strength to save herself.
"I think the role of women in society constantly changes, and what I love about Lois Lane is that she's been very consistently strong, successful, independent. I'm very attracted to that. It was a time when women were really -- I don't want to make some grand statement because I know it will come across as a grand statement -- but [women were often limited by society then and] what I loved about her was that she was able to be smart and be feminine and I think that that's something I know I'm going to teach my daughter -- that you don't have to be a man to be powerful. You can be a powerful woman."
And there's also the secondary lesson that comes along with this: You might not need "a man to be powerful," but this casting, and the ones that came before, certainly suggest that critical and Academy acclaim isn't enough for women to get their own well-done women-starring heroic features (whether we're talking about something like Snyder's 'Sucker Punch' or that wretched 'Catwoman' with another Academy talent, Halle Berry). The skill level merely offers up supporting roles where the women are powerful until the hero needs to save a life and get some lip action.
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