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Will Amy Adams’ Lois Lane have a fresh look?

March 28, 2011 |  4:31 pm


Superman fans have just learned that Amy Adams will be the new face of Lois Lane in director Zack Snyder’s latest installment of the comic book franchise. So far the blogosphere has been mixed on the casting choice — is she tough enough, is she young enough, is she sexy enough? All valid questions, but we can’t help but wonder— what is she going to wear? Amy_Adams

Lois Lane is the seminal working gal and no matter who plays her or in what era, she’s always dressed the part. Portrayed as a bosomy high heel-wearing siren in the original comic books, her various updates have included the box hat and string of pearls look concocted for Phyllis Coates in the 1950s and Margot Kidder’s loose peasant gowns and wide legged pants in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Teri Hatcher turned her sexy in the 1990s and earlier this decade Erica Durance ("Smallville") and Kate Bosworth have played her as more earnest, and less stylized. Clearly, we are meant to assume, a hard-working serious news journalist in this day and age doesn’t care what she wears.

How will Snyder and his team interpret the sartorial choices of America’s reporting sweetheart in the second decade of the 21st century? It’s still too early to tell. In the meantime, here’s a look at the fashions of Lois Lanes past.

--Deborah Netburn

Photos: Margot Kidder with Christopher Reeve in 1977's "Superman." Credit: AFP. Bottom picture, Amy Adams at an Academy Awards pre-party this year. Credit: AP Photo/Dan Steinberg.