For months, we’ve reported every detail about the inevitable face-off between Henry Cavill’s Superman and Michael Shannon’s General Zod in Man of Steel. We’ve analyzed Zod’s armor, speculated on events surrounding Superman’s “arrest,” as well as dissected the latest Man of Steel trailer frame by frame for clues.

However, one key element of the forthcoming Superman reboot has been kept surprisingly off the radar – Amy Adams’ portrayal of iconic love interest Lois Lane. Fortunately, in combination with a new Zack Snyder interview, where the director praises Adams for her Man of Steel performance, we’ve also got a first-look image of Lois Lane at The Daily Planet.

Anyone who has been following the Superman production knows this is not our first glimpse at the new Lois Lane – given that she appears in the full Man of Steel trailer (as pictured above). Yet, technically, this is the first “official” image of the character that Warner Bros. has made available (since casual shots of the actress on-set don’t give a very good indication of her final characterization).

Check out the official image of Amy Adams as Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane below (click to enlarge) courtesy of Desde Hollywood:

Unfortunately, the black and white photo won’t help the on-going debate between fans who disagree about Snyder’s less-traditional auburn hair choice for Lois in Man of Steel. Long-time comic book readers (and movie lovers) typically picture Lois with black hair, though she has appeared with reddish-brown locks in certain storylines and character iterations (the Smallville TV show included). Like the choice of Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and possibly a female version of Jimmy Olsen, redubbed Jenny, we’re open to worthwhile changes for traditional characters if they ultimately result in a better film.

On that note, the image of Adams is encouraging and, given David S. Goyer’s claim that this Superman story is designed “as if it were real,” it’s only fitting that The Daily Planet’s most intrepid reporter is also carting around an iPad instead of pen and paper. Considering Lois is typically presented as impulsive and fast-talking, it makes sense that this iteration of the character would make smart use of the tools of the time – instead of a traditional pen and paper setup. This is a connected and fully-mobile Lois Lane – allowing for a lot of fun (and roguish) character moments.

Back in December Adams touched on her performance in an interview with Deadline. While the actress didn’t spill too many details, she did reference this “contemporary” version of the character:

“I grew up with Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, so I didn’t want to try and be that version. Zack (Snyder) said that he wanted to play for more realism. There’s definitely still banter (with Superman). She’s tough, modern, and more contemporary. There’s also a lot more action than I’ve seen in my career.”

In addition to revealing a new shot of Henry Cavill as Superman, an Empire interview also challenges Snyder with clarifying the relationship between Clark and Lois in this storyline. The director refused to comment on whether or not the pair are full-on love interests in the film, claiming that answering that question would give “a bit of the DNA of the movie away,” but went on to assure fans that there’s still an interesting dynamic between the characters.

“Suffice to say, whether it is Superman or Kal-El or Clark Kent, we wanted to make him cooler. You’ll have to wait and see the why of it. Amy is everything you would hope for from Lois Lane.”

The size of Lois Lane’s role in the larger Man of Steel plot is still somewhat of a mystery. Given that Snyder’s film is an origin story that includes significant time on Krypton as well as a possible jumping off point for the Justice League movie, Warner Bros. has a lot of ground to cover. Adams remains tight-lipped on whether or not she’ll be back for any Man of Steel sequels but, unless the filmmakers pull a shocking twist and kill her off before the final climactic battle (read: very unlikely), it’s easy to imagine she’ll return to further develop the character in future installments.

That said, it’ll be interesting to see what Snyder means by a “cooler” Clark Kent – a comment that will undoubtedly ruffle a few fan feathers.

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Man of Steel is currently in post-production and will hit theaters on June 14, 2013.

Sources: DesdeHollywood, Empire [via CBM] and Deadline