If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Duck back under the covers if you're scared of a little fan backlash, because Variety broke the news last night that Warner Bros. has moved on to casting the female lead for the upcoming Superman reboot... but it's not going to be Lois Lane.
Diane Kruger, Alice Eve and Rosamund Pike are the three lucky actresses who have made WB's shortlist to play the lead female role alongside Henry Cavill's Superman. Kruger is most remembered for her role in the 'National Treasure' films as well as her appearance as Bridget von Hammersmark in 'Inglorious Basterds'. Eve has fewer notable works under her belt until last year with 'Sex and the City 2' as well as a starring role alongside 'How To Train Your Dragon' star Jay Baruchel in 'She's Out of My League'. While Pike has already proved worth beside another iconic fictional figure in the James Bond franchise with 'Die Another Day' in 2002 and more recently as the wife of Bruce Willis in the comic book adaptation 'Surrogates'. Sources tell Variety that they chose lesser known actresses intentionally, as to not overshadow the leading man (who is a lesser known name himself).
Our thoughts? With the script rumored to be about a young Clark Kent traveling the world and gradually discovering the reasons behind becoming Superman, and with Lois out of the running... could it be that the romantic interest is actually Clark's high-school sweetheart Lana Lang? Previously played by Annette O'Toole in 1983's 'Superman III', it's possible that they'll bring her back into the series as "the girl before the girl". However, Lana Lang (in both movie and comic book form) is traditionally a red-head, not a blonde like the actresses in question (not that a bottle of hair dye couldn't fix that problem, but still).
However, it's also possible that this is an entirely new character developed solely for the film. "Superman: Man of Steel" is being written by David S. Goyer ('Batman Begins', 'The Dark Knight'), who also gave us "Rachel Dawes" - a love interest created solely for the rebooted Bat-franchise. If the rumors are true and this film is set after Clark Kent leaves Smallville but before he settles in Metropolis - there is definitely room for a brand new lady in Clark Kent's life.
So fans... go crazy. It's okay, we'll let you. Is leaving Lois out of the story a terrible mistake? Or since Clark already has brunettes and redheads in his little black book, is there room for a blonde to take center stage?