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‘Superman’: Surprising Actresses Considered for Lois Lane

‘Superman’: Surprising Actresses Considered for Lois Lane

For many years, there’s been a lot of chatter and speculation about who would play Lois Lane in Superman in 1978. Well, Metropolis Collectibles, an auction house, has revealed the approved actresses’ names for the Lane role. This also has been done for the men under consideration to play Clark Kent/Superman.

Of course, we all know that Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder secured the roles. Kidder also would play Lois Lane in Superman II, III, and IV. Reeve costarred with Kidder in the ensuing follow-up movies. Sadly, both Reeve and Kidder are now dead. But their performances as Lois and Clark live on for people to see forever.

“This has been a well-loved topic over the years and for the first time we have confirmation” about the approved list of actors “DC was comfortable with, as far as their public image,” said J.R. Taylor, a researcher for Metropolis. “The casting has always been the most talked about thing and this list has names no one ever knew before.”

Other male and female actors of note who appeared in Superman include Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, and Valerie Perrine.

The New York Post has identified the women who were up for the Lois Lane role. They included:’

Raquel Welch

Welch appeared as too sexy in some people’s minds. In the producers’ eyes, Welch probably would not be a believable Lois Lane. That sent Welch out of the movie. But she’d get a little revenge later on. Welch would end up in a Superman TV series. Back in 1995, Welch played wicked villain Diana Pride on the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Sue Lyon

Just in her teen years when tackling Stanley Kubrick’s movie Lolita in 1962, Lyon had quite a troubled life. Yet Taylor notes this about Lyon’s inclusion in this list. “This is probably the biggest surprise here,” he said. Lyon, though, “relied on drive-in movies and small TV turns by the time of Superman’s production.” Lyon had multiple marriages and a very scattered show business life.

Jane Seymour

Seymour ended up being a close friend of Reeve. She played a Bond girl in the movie Live and Let Die. Seymour, like Welch, popped up on a Superman-related TV series years after Superman hit theaters. She appeared in Smallville on The CW. Reportedly, Seymour named one of her children after Reeve.

Natalie Wood and her sister, Lana Wood

Natalie Wood was one of the most naturally beautiful actresses. She could have played Lane and done the role quite well. But alas, she was not chosen for it. Taylor did say that “Natalie’s name has come up.” He added though that Natalie’s sister Lana had not received a mention at all. For the most part, Lana was known as a “Bond girl.”