Ranking Every Lois and Clark Adaptation for Their 19th Wedding Anniversary

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 - 2:18PM
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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 - 2:18PM
Ranking Every Lois and Clark Adaptation for Their 19th Wedding Anniversary
Nineteen years ago today, Lois Lane and Clark Kent finally got married in the comics, after a long, dramatic engagement and 58 years of build-up. Since then, they have become arguably the most classic long-running couple in comics (with the possible exception of Mary Jane and Peter Parker), spawning a whole host of film and television adaptations. We'll see them again in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year, but until then, here are our rankings of all the live-action depictions of their relationship over the years:

6. Erica Durance and Tom Welling in Smallville




I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I couldn't get on board with Lois and Clark in Smallville. Yes, Lana and Clark's relationship had gotten annoying, but the actors had much more chemistry, while the relationship with Lois felt contrived. Erica Durance acquitted herself well in the role, but the chemistry between her and Tom Welling just wasn't there, and it felt like they were only ending up together because the writers were remaining faithful to the comics.

5. Kate Bosworth and Brandon Routh in Superman Returns




I thought Brandon Routh performed well as Superman (considering what he had to work with), and I didn't mind Kate Bosworth's interpretation as much as everyone else. The real problem was the script, which made their relationship unnecessarily dramatic and essentially painted Superman as a deadbeat dad. Even as you knew they were obviously endgame, it was difficult to root for these two to get together.

4. Amy Adams and Henry Cavill in Man of Steel




Amy Adams and Henry Cavill are both well-cast in their roles, and Adams in particular had a great take on her character. The film itself was lackluster, but the interplay between Lois and Clark represented some of the few high points.

3. Phyllis Coates/Noel Neill and George Reeves in Adventures of Superman




Adventures of Superman had not one, but two distinct portrayals of the Lois and Clark relationship, as Phyllis Coates left after one season to be replaced by Noel Neill. Coates's version was a little tougher and more interesting, but they were both likable and demonstrably intelligent, and both had a great dynamic with Reeves. This was the original adaptation of Lois and Clark, and it didn't disappoint.

2. Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve in the Superman series




Although Adventures of Superman was the first live-action portrayal of the couple, the Superman series was the original feature film version, and arguably the most classic. Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve have both become synonymous with these roles, not only because they were first, but because they inhabited the roles perfectly. It's difficult to place them second, but there's one Lois and Clark that barely edged them out:

1. Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain in Lois and Clark




Christopher Reeve was definitely a better Superman than Dean Cain, but Teri Hatcher's Lois Lane is the most iconic portrayal of the character by far. She's endlessly charming and funny, and the most humanized of all the interpretations. Her interplay with Dean Cain was perfect even when his performance wasn't, and the increased focus on their adorable relationship made this the definitive portrayal of Lois and Clark.
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