Superman Reboot’s Female Lead Candidates Down to 3 Names

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Days after officially casting Brit Henry Cavill as the new Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. have now apparently narrowed down their search for a leading lady to three names — Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike.

And get this — whoever ends up winning the role, they won’t be playing Lois Lane, because apparently Lois Lane will not be the main female character in the reboot.

Earlier reports had Rachel McAdams and Kristen Stewart also being in the running, but were both taken off the board after Cavill was cast. The reason? The suits didn’t want the female lead to overshadow their relatively unknown Superman. Which makes sense. As well, with Snyder directing and Christopher Nolan getting full producer credit, the promos will be focusing on the names behind the camera anyway.

And while Eve, Kruger, and Pike have been in plenty of movies, you couldn’t really say that any of them are household names. Even Kruger, who has the heftiest Hollywood resume of the three, is still relatively unknown to Ma and Pa Joe Public.

Of course, the really big headline here for me isn’t who will play the female lead, but what character they will be playing. This may just be the first iteration of Superman where Lois Lane doesn’t figure prominently into the storyline. If not Lois Lane, then who? Lana Lang, perhaps? David Goyer’s script, after all, supposedly follows Supes before he dons the red and blue and goes about trying to save the world, so it would make sense for Lana to be hanging around in the first movie…

Pictured below: Diane Kruger (left), Alice Eve (center), and Rosamund Pike (right).

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  • Juggernaut

    In don’t care who they play they’re all super (get it?!) hot!!! I was so bummed when Alice Eve dropped out of X-Men: First Class. However, after seeing the pics of that train wreck in waiting I’m happy she passed. Although she would have been a perfect White Queen, I’m just happy that she may finally get into the superhero game. Hopefully they’ll have her scantilly clad throughout the film.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      That’s IF she gets the part. But really? Lois Lane scantily clad throughout the film, this isn’t “Smallville” where they take every opportunity to get Erica Durance into something skimpy (Bikini, WW outfit, Isis outfit, etc). BUt it couldn’t hurt. LOL. My personal choice of the three would be Kruger, with Pike as my second choice.

      • Juggernaut

        I was thinking that if they do the storyline that they were tossing around the internet a few months ago, where pre-big blue Clark is helping out in some war torn, third world country. Maybe this unamed character/love interest is some unicef worker or something and she is in tattered, sweat drenched white belly, t-shirt with a beat up old kahki shirt, arms rolled up, bottom tied up to expose her midriff, a pair of kahaki colored short-shorts and some boots. As the movie progresses she loses the khaki shirt for whatever reason (caught on fire, got wet…) That would be cool with me.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          LMAO! Priceless man. Is that a fantasy or something?!?!

          But on a serious note yeah the unicef worker thing would work. If they take this story along the lines of “Superman: Birthright” but crazier it could definitely work.

          • Juggernaut

            I may or may not have been touching myself and having impure thoughts while I wrote that scenario… Just kidding. Lol. On a more serious note, the Rebirth storyline, tweaked a bit to relay better in a movie would be the best way to introduce the character to today’s audience. Obviously the movie would need to end with him leaving Smallville. Having adopted the clumsy persona that Martha and him came up with after the events in West Africa, he heads to Metropolis for a job at The Daily Planet. There he meets Jimmy, Perry and Lois briefly. A news flash comes through the office of a 4 alarm fire in mid town and off he goes leaving the three of them questioning where Kent went, setting up the sequel. Cut and Print!

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            I liked the “Birthright” storyline because it did two things really well. It establishes Superman as a hero, and still plays up his feeling of being alone, and wanting to know more about his heritage. But it also establishes that he is an ALIEN and that there are many that would distrust that now matter how human he looked. It also establishes Lex as the main villain and yet doesn’t focus on him AS a villain but just as someone trying to get ahead in life at others expense, also his true disdain for Superman being an alien and the fact that people just automatically trust him. The whole discrediting thing was awesome and could work well for the film and set up Braniac (like the battle with the reverse engineered “Kryptonian Army” alerts him of Kal-el on Earth) He should definitely be in Metroploiis before the end of the film, just not as the nerdy CLark kent we know yet, and not working at the Planet (shades of “Superman: Earth One” I look forward to Snyder, Goyer and Nolan’s vision.

      • Juggernaut

        I was thinking that if they do the storyline that they were tossing around the internet a few months ago, where pre-big blue Clark is helping out in some war torn, third world country. Maybe this unamed character/love interest is some unicef worker or something and she is in tattered, sweat drenched white belly, t-shirt with a beat up old kahki shirt, arms rolled up, bottom tied up to expose her midriff, a pair of kahaki colored short-shorts and some boots. As the movie progresses she loses the khaki shirt for whatever reason (caught on fire, got wet…) That would be cool with me.

  • Doubleh55

    So wait this Superman is an origin story? Fuck that.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Yup. They’ve said that several times. The thing is it’s the first time since the first movie really. I think it’ll be interesting to see a modern, big budget take on him becoming SUperman.

      • Juggernaut

        You need an origin in a movie if it isn’t a sequel! Bottom line. Reboot, reimagining, rehash, doesn’t matter! I don’t care if it has been two years since the last incarnation or twenty! Take the five minutes during the opening credits to play out the origin and explain to the potentially fresh audience how they got to where they are and why the characters are doing what they’rew doing.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          Exactly. I think they’ll do the planet blowing up, ship landing on Kent farm, etc in credits, then skip to him as a young adult discovering his powers and leaving and start the story proper.

  • Romeo Garcia

    Another origin for SUPERMAN?..c’mon…we all know the story of superman,,,why tell again?..We already have SMALLVILLE..continues the movie when SUPERMAN RETURNS left…and please..this time put another villain…Im tire that always are LEX LUTHOR…i mean he’s a great villain…but men…SUPES have more villains…BRAINIAC,DOOMDSDAY…please make this movie RIGHT!!! PLEASE!!!..and yes…for female rol…i choose diane kruger…PERIOD!

  • B-Flash

    I’m thinking the character could be Cat Grant, they were involved for a little while but Clark was in love with Lois so it didn’t work out, and if that’s the case then I would go with Eve because it’s a early year Superman or Pike, I like Kruger but i’m just more sold on the other two if Cat is the charcter there gonna play.

    • Juggernaut

      I could definately see Alice Eve as Cat Grant. The more I thought about these picks I am seeing Diane Krueger as Lois. She has the sharp features and attitude that is needed.

  • Doubleh55

    For some reason I thought Diane Kruger was much older than she is. I mean, she’s still 7 years older than Superman but I thought it was going to be a much bigger age difference.