Actress Elizabeth Tulloch takes aim at Donald Trump as she writes about her love of the character of Lois Lane. Tulloch was recently cast as the intrepid reporter as part of this year's annual crossover event between several of the television series that make up The CW's Arrowverse. This year's event will take place across three nights and introduce the character of Batwoman as part of a team-up between Supergirl, The Flash, and Green Arrow.
First appearing along with Superman in Action Comics #1, Lois Lane has been a work rival and romantic interest to Clark Kent since the very beginning. Lane was largely modeled upon real world reporter and feminist icon Nellie Bly, who gained fame for her investigative reporting and action-packed lifestyle at a time when women were expected to stay at home and have children. Bly is still remembered today for her efforts to expose the brutal mistreatment of female inmates at a New York insane asylum by working undercover and pretending to be a patient. She also emulated the trip around the world described in Jules Verne's Around The World In 80 Days and wound up making it home in 72 days. And it's that spirit that Tulloch is trying to embody.
Tulloch wrote about her love of the character of Lois Lane and the journalistic legacy that she represents being endangered in a post on her personal Instagram account. She wrote about how the ideals of true journalism and proud feminism that Lois Lane represents are under attack. While not mentioning the American president by name, it is clear from the context just whom Tulloch views as the aggressors in this case. She said:
"Now, at a time when the noble profession of journalism feels under siege, it’s a privilege to join the club of actresses who have played the dogged reporter. As far back as 1938 when she first appeared in Action Comics #1, Lois Lane has defied and subverted society’s expectations of how women should behave. She was portrayed as opinionated, inquisitive, and an unapologetically badass career woman at a time when many representations of women leaned more towards meek and demure."
Tulloch's assessment of Lois Lane is a fair and balanced one. While the character has been inaccurately portrayed as a damsel in distress in some media and was written as being obsessed with marrying Superman in the 1950s, Lois was always intended to be a strong, independent heroine by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The past year alone has seen proof of Lois's courage and plain-dealing nature, with her having called out an unidentified President as a remorseless killer at the White House Correspondents' Dinner and refusing to let Jor-El push her around and abduct her son to take him on a trip around the universe.
Doubtlessly, Tulloch's comments will offend many, who will say she doesn't deserve to play as prominent a role as Lois Lane for voicing such opinions. Yet it is precisely because she has the courage to voice her thoughts without any regard of what other people might think of her that proves Tulloch's suitability for the role. Indeed, it seems that the Arrowverse has found an actress with the nerve and spirit essential to bringing Lois Lane to life. Fans can only hope that they will see far more of her once this year's crossover event is over.
Source: Elizabeth Tulloch