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Zack Snyder’s Superman movie has remained largely a mystery so far. We don’t know who he’s casting or what he’s planning, it’s all just rumor and conjecture. Here’s some more rumor and conjecture, but from the pretty reliable reporters at What’s Playing.
They say Anne Hathaway is in the running to play Lois Lane. What isn’t clear is exactly how she’d fit into the story which, word is, won’t be set in Metropolis. The movie’s not really about Superman, you see, instead it’s about Clark Kent. It follows Kent before he puts on the Superman costume, back when he was a young journalist traveling the globe. During this time he’s sort of in denial about his powers and tries to help people without doing anything super. From the character breakdowns they got their hands on, it sounds like the bulk of the plot takes place in West Africa with Clark involved in a battle between warring tribes.
That doesn’t mean you won’t see Superman in his costume, they’re pretty clear that he will show don his iconic blue and red at some point, but most of the story will focus on Clark wandering the globe.
So then, where does Lois Lane fit in? Clark doesn’t meet Lois until he goes to work at the Daily Planet, and this story takes place before he gets his Daily Planet job. They shouldn’t know each other. Lois has no reason to be Africa. If they’re considering casting Anne Hathaway as Lois, maybe we’ll only see her at the end of this first film, setting her up for a bigger part in the sequel? It’s a theory anyway. No matter how they use her, Hathaway seems like the perfect Lois Lane. At least she’s not Kate Bosworth who, for all the great things Superman Returns did, never really worked.