Zack Snyder says he almost cast Zoe Saldana as Lois Lane in Man of Steel, before ultimately hiring Amy Adams to play the character. Snyder's Superman film hit theaters back in 2013 and ended up launching what's since become known as the DC Extended Universe (or, somewhat more officially, Worlds of DC). Adams starred opposite Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Kal-El in the movie, and would go on to reprise her role two more times for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. However, much like Cavill, it's not clear right now whether Adams is all done with the DCEU or could return in a future entry.
Snyder, meanwhile, left the franchise ahead of Joss Whedon's reshoots on Justice League, and it's safe to assume he won't be coming back at this point. As such, the filmmaker has turned his attention onto other projects, starting with Netflix's zombie action movie Army of the Dead (a new iteration of a film Snyder's been trying to make for over a decade). Nevertheless, in a recent interview, he divulged an interesting detail about what could've been in the DCEU.
Speaking to ComicBook Debate, Snyder revealed that Saldana was nearly cast as Lois Lane in Man of Steel before he went with Adams, instead. As he explained to the outlet, "They’re totally different, but their presence is super strong.”
It's certainly interesting to consider what Saldana might've been like as Lois opposite Cavill in Man of Steel and its followups. At the same time, though, it feels like things worked out for the best in the end. Had Saldana signed on to play Lois, she almost certainly wouldn't have been cast as Gamora in James Gunn and Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy (which hit theaters a year after Snyder launched the DCEU). The Marvel Cinematic Universe role ended up being a strong fit for Saldana, much in the same way the iconic comic book reporter was a great match for Adams in the DC movie franchise. That's not to say Saldana wouldn't have brought something intriguing to the table as Lois Lane, either, so it's easy to understand why Snyder came so close to recruiting her in the first place.
Regardless, Saldana and Adams are both in a good place right now, career-wise. The former has roles in James Cameron's upcoming Avatar sequels to look forward to, in addition to her expected return as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 in a couple years. Similarly, Adams may (sadly) never play Lois Lane again, but the Oscar-nominee's appeared in several noteworthy movies and TV series in recent years, and has even more lined up for the foreseeable future. And of course, because she didn't play Lois in Man of Steel, this frees Saldana up to tackle another, possibly more central comic book character in a future DCEU film.
Source: ComicBook Debate
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