When Richard Donner adapted Superman for the screen in 1978, nobody had any idea how iconic the film would become. The film went on to gross over $300 million worldwide – over a billion dollars, when adjusted for inflation.
After she garnered mainstream recognition as Lois Lane, Margot Kidder has gone on to enjoy a long career, during which she has barely gone a year without work. Recently, the seasoned actress criticized Superman’s recent return to cinema and said she would be interested in making a guest appearance on a DCEU TV show.
In an interview with HeyUGuys, she discussed the recent DC films. When asked if people always go back to the 1978 depiction because of her chemistry with co-star Christopher Reeve, Kidder replied, “No, they always go back because that film was better written and directed. They go back to them because they were so much truer to the comic books.” She went on to elaborate:
Superman responds to women by saving them, saves the children and beats up the bad guys, if you will. In that sense, it’s so much simpler than the later films made it out to be. I think there was a cynical decision on the part of the studios, which are now owned by multi-national conglomerates just like everything else on the planet… Probably, my guess is what happened is when they decided to hit the demographic of the millennials in the later films. I think the directors were good, the actors were good but the basic approach wasn’t there.
Kidder also took issue with the recent films’ portrayals of Lois Lane, quipping, “They took one of the best American actresses’ around, Amy Adams, and didn’t give her anything to do! I mean, how stupid is that?” Still, despite her cynical approach to modern DC adaptations on film, Kidder, who appeared in two episodes of Smallville in 2004, is game to appear on another DC Comics TV show. She said:
Yeah, sure. Depending on the script or what they wanted me to do. I am 67, I am an old broad now! So I look back at this with much more amusement than I did. I don’t have a career I need to worry about protecting. My life has nothing to do with movies anymore. I live in a little town in Montana and basically do political activism. So I guess it would be fun to fly-in and do a couple of days work.
It could potentially be a very smart move for the CW to bring Kidder onto one of their many DCEU series, as such an appearance would be a fun nod to older audiences. Now that Supergirl has moved to that network, this could be the opportune time to invite the brash actress down from the prairie. Since Supergirl will be introducing former TV Wonder Woman Linda Carter as the President of the United States in season 2, there is precedence. However, with Superman‘s 40th anniversary coming up in 2018, it’s likely the actress’s schedule is about to fill up in the next two years…
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW; Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th; Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th; and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.