In comparison to other franchises, the DC Extended Universe is much younger than most. It officially began back in 2013 with Man of Steel, but this was the year that Warner Bros. and DC Films fully began to push the universe forward. Both Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were successes in terms of the money that each made, but that did not stop them from being divisive films too. WB/DC have brought on some of the biggest names they could get for coveted roles, and that includes casting Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
Adams has made two appearance so far as Lois, a character that many comic readers have connected with over the years. In the comics, Lois is equally shown as her own character serving her individual story and alongside Clark and his adventures as Superman. When it comes to her appearances in the DCEU however, she arguably serves as a plot device more than a character – something that has made the role a complicated one for Adams.
Andrew Garfield and Lois Lane recently sat down together, as part of the Actors on Actors interviews done by Variety. Garfield spoke about his experience of playing Spider-Man (and, in particular, the aftermath), while Adams touched on her role in the DCEU. Adams admitted that Lois has been a particularly tricky role to play in the DCEU, because of how she tends to serve the narrative foremost (and not vice versa):
That’s the tricky thing with Lois, that I find is, I love playing her, I love everyone I work with, but sometimes it’s tricky because I feel she’s in service of the story instead of the story serving the character. That sometimes can be tricky when you show up and you really wanna retain a character and you have to serve the story….in a perfect universe they all work together.
It is quite easy to see where she is coming from. So far, Lois has mainly been given the role of damsel in distress instead of a major supporting character. She was able to use her investigative skills plenty in Man of Steel as she searched for Superman’s identity, but when it came to incorporating her with the story in Batman V Superman, it was more important for her screen time to push the mystery of the movie forward. The film tried to give her tasks to do, but all her actions seemed to have negative results for her and/or Superman.
Hopefully this is not the first time Adams has voiced her displeasures with how Lois has been handled and she has spoken to the higher ups at WB and DC to correct this moving forward. If this is the case, then she could see a more character focused story in Justice League, but for her or fans to expect a major role from Lois in this film is unrealistic. The movie is already packed with new characters to introduce and flesh out, but the majority of Lois’ screen time will likely come when Superman eventually returns.
Adams’ best chance moving forward to have a personal story for Lois on the big screen could come in Man of Steel 2, which is reported to be in active development. The movie does not have a director or release date at this point, but assuming DC can bring fans back onboard with upcoming films, Man of Steel 2 will certainly happen and should feature Lois in a more prominent role once again.