Warner Bros. Wants Natalie Portman to Play Lois Lane

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 12th, 2013 at 10:52 am,

The Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot, The Man of Steel, has been dominating headlines since it was announced back in February.  Fan excitement and speculation reached dizzying new heights last week with reports that Nolan and his producing partner Emma Thomas had drawn up a short list of directors for the project.

Yesterday it was revealed that one important name had been left off of that list- Darren Aronofsky. According to Moviehole, there might actually be more to that left-field decision than meets the eye. One of their sources claims Aronofsky’s involvement might be crucial for Warner Bros. to land their first choice for the role of Lois Lane – Natalie Portman.

Evidently they wanted her for Superman Returns before Kate Bosworth landed the part. They’re confident they can get Portman to sign on this time as long as Aronofsky is calling the shots. It would seem they’re banking on the relationship that was forged between the two of them during the making of the upcoming Black Swan.

Now obviously we’re a long way from any deals being made, but is it possible that Aronofsky could use Portman as a bargaining chip to emerge as the frontrunner in this race?

He’s an incredible director and I’m all for Nolan making a less-obvious choice, but I’m not sure his style would be a great match for Superman.  I want to remind everyone of something Nolan said back in June:

What you have to remember about Batman and Superman is that what makes them the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who they were when they were created, when they were first developed. You can’t move too far away from that.

That simple statement is the reason I’m not crazy about Aronofsky going anywhere near Superman. He’s immensely talented and probably would have made a great Batman movie (particularly that revisionist Year One film he and Frank Miller were working on), but Batman is not Superman. As a filmmaker he seem to be at odds with the core elements of the character and his mythology. I can’t help but wonder if his potential involvement reveals something about the tone of David Goyer’s script.

As for Portman, she would certainly be an upgrade from Bosworth. In my opinion there were several boneheaded casting decisions in Superman Returns, but none quite as off the mark as that one. It didn’t help that by setting the movie in Donner’s universe Singer was immediately inviting comparisons between Bosworth and Margot Kidder (who remains the quintessential Lois in my mind).

The fact that this is a complete reboot certainly helps, but I’m not 100% sold on Portman either. She would certainly bring more credibility and authority to the role, but my favorite versions of Lois are the ones that are as exuberant as they are intelligent and my immediate reaction is that Portman isn’t quite vivacious enough to pull that off.

Quite honestly, I feel that Nolan dropped the ball with his leading ladies in both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight (*ducks to avoid projectiles*) so I’m really hoping Superman avoids a similar fate. It comes down to the same concern I’d have with Aronofsky taking the reigns – these are very talented individuals, but I can’t help feeling like there are better choices.

Source: Moviehole.

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  1. I really hope this doesnt happen because as much as I love Portman I dont want her to play Jane Foster and Lois Lane its stupid and unoriginal there are soooo many actresses out there.

    • I’ll quote shall I?

      ” Lois Lane its stupid and unoriginal”

      Pray tell exactly how Lois Lane, the quintessential superhero female love interest, been around since 1930, and has hundreds of pale imitations, is either stupid or unoriginal?

      • I guess someone never learned punctuation, Doc. I think he meant having one actress play 2 different characters.

  2. You may consider this out of left field but I believe the perfect Lois Lane could actually Katy Perry. I know she is not an actress so to speak but if you combine beauty, off the chart sex appeal and spunkness, you get Katy Perry. If she can take the roll seriously and get some acting lessons, why not?

    • I’m sorry did you type that while being beaten on the head? Cause you sound a little crazy…

      • no no no no no no. Might as well cast Justin Beiber as Robin in Batman. And contrary to what the media wants us to believe, Katy Perry is NOT that hot. She looks like one of those anime freaks with the big eyes.

    • Genius.

      I actually think Katy Perry is an inspired choice.

      She actually, naturally has all the quitessential traits that make Lois Lane. Think about it – hot, spunky, could be one of the lads attitude…

      Whether she can act or not is another thing…

  3. Nobody wants to see one of the most acclaimed young actresses in the world play Lois Lane or one of the most acclaimed directors in the world direct a Superman reboot? What a bunch of $&#*^@#$*&@#^s!

  4. @bobby

    Uh Vic has a policy about bad language and insults here, so I’m gonna sat this in the nicest possible way.

    Shut yer face’

    • I Trust in Nolan. Warner Bros. did not let him helm this project to make a Donner type film with blue fluffy clouds. There giving Man of Steel the same treatment that Dark Night got (for good reason.) I can’t imagine a better director than Aronofsky, and Natalie Porter would bring an intense realism and soul to Louis Lane that will deepen the fairly flat layers of her character we’ve seen so far on film. I’m am excited!!! Kudos to Nolan for thinking out side of the box, keep doing what your doing.

      • Why in the world would Natalie Portman play LOUIS Lane? It’s LOIS people!!! LOUIS is a man’s name.

        • Superman: The Crying Game?

      • Rachel has the right personality. She’s also got the looks & the talent to draw in an audience. That said, I would like to see her put on some weight. She’s stick thin. No disrespect to her, of course.

        • It would just make Superman look even bigger compared to her :)

          • lol Fooph. Maybe it’s me, I just picture Lois being the woman who can kick back beers with the boys & even put down a steak in one sitting. :)

            • But she should still be tiny. lol

  5. Doesn’t anyone think her being Lois Lane might interfere with her being Jane Foster in Thor?

  6. Man, I really hope this is a rumor that doesn’t come true. I think she’s usually a horrible actress with the exception of The Professional. Plus, isn’t she already in a Marvel property and isn’t that the excuse they’re using for Ryan Reynolds possibly not playing Deadpool?

    • So she should have to give you an autograph and picture why shes out eating?

  7. i would like to see kate beckinsale as lois

  8. I just don’t find men attractive and I hate pugs they are so ugly.

  9. I wouldn’t be against Beckinsale playing Lois.

    • it would be hard for Supes to hide the impending bulge in the suit during filming DSB!!

  10. You know I’ve never actually seen Katty Perry. I’ve heard her and she’s awful that girl is so horrible she makes Lady Gaga look almost listenable but only almost. “I kissed a girl” is probably the worst song I’ve heard in my entire life.

  11. I could be okay with Beckinsale I think. Maybe.

  12. Natalie is good at playing the victim. Lois is not a victim.

  13. Stephen Collins and Sally Field should play “The Parents of Lois lane” in the Superman reboot. General Sam & Ellen Lane. But Sally Field is rumored to play Mary Todd in the LINCOLN movie starring Liam Neeson. It would be nice to see if The Family of Lois Lane to be introduced to Chris Nolan’s SUPERMAN sequel. Sally Field has played Natalie Portman’s mother from the movie WHERE THE HEART IS ? which was released back in 2002,

  14. @Bryan

    I consider Clark to be Superman on Smallville, they may still call him the Blur, but when he jumps/flies and catches the Daily Planet globe, that’s pure Superman to me.