Alice Eve, Diane Kruger, and Rosamund Pike on the Short List for Female Lead in SUPERMAN; Not Lois Lane

     February 3, 2011


Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), and Rosamund Pike (An Education) are reportedly on the short list to play the female lead in the new Superman film opposite Henry Cavill (The Tudors).  But get this — it’s not Lois Lane.  It has not been revealed what role they’re up for, surely thanks to the secrecy producer Christopher Nolan is able to maintain on his projects.  It is not specified if Lois will appear in a reduced capacity, but it appears the female lead will not be Ms. Lane as assumed in previous rumors.  Shades of Mary Jane Watson’s absence in the Spider-Man reboot in favor of Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacey.

Zack Snyder is directing the superhero reboot from a script by David Goyer, due in December 2012.  More after the jump:

Variety hears that Warner Bros. doesn’t want a name actress for the female lead that would overshadow relative unknown Cavill as Clark Kent.  All three actresses are on the verge. Kruger wowed film geeks in Inglourious Basterds.  Eve nearly landed the female lead in Captain America that eventually went to Hayley Atwell.  And Bond girl Pike narrowly missed the cut for X-Men: First Class.  But none have quite crossed the threshhold that would overpower

Following the common thread, we should probably start scouring the Superman universe for blondes.  I think we can rule out Supergirl (right?).  The most likely candidate from the comics seems to be Cat Grant, the gossip columnist at the Daily Planet, said to be introduced as a love interest for Clark Kent.  Here’s her character bio:

Catherine Grant is a well-known gossip columnist for the Daily Planet and one of Superman’s romantic interests. She works at the Planet as a reporter alongside Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Perry White, Jimmy Olsen, Steve Lombard and Ron Troupe. Although she works in Metropolis, she began her career in Los Angeles. Grant is very notable for her controversially sexy and flirty style in the workplace, which has gained her a great deal of infamy and control over weaker willed men. She even dated Kent briefly, although they broke up because he had really been in love with Lois the entire time. [DC Comics Database]

Of course, it could be a new character.  Or Lana Lang.  Or Chloe from Smallville.  Or Supergirl.

Interestingly enough, all the actresses are older than Cavill, which is not the age/gender dynamic I would expect.

According to Variety, the search is on for an unspecified villain, but “no names have been set in stone.”

  • kurtk

    We could be going really far back to his high school love Lana Lang although I remember her being a red head. She also knew his secret identity.

  • abbie

    Rosamund Pike! :D
    She’s the best pick. (doesn’t matter what role it’s for)

  • sense 11

    Interesting, i like this.

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  • nelson

    was’nt the inspiration for this film = Birthright

    clark is in africa in the beginning of that story maybe she is a tv reporter or journalist down there

    •!/colliderbrendan Brendan Bettinger

      There have been rumors that the script is inspired by Birthright, rumors that it is based on other stories, and rumors that it isn’t based on the comics at all.

      But if it is based in Africa, that sounds like a reasonable guess.

  • Dev1359

    If they’re all older than Cavill, could it be that they’re playing Clark’s birth mother Lara-El? How sure are we that it’s for a lead role?

    •!/colliderbrendan Brendan Bettinger

      Kruger is the oldest, and she’s just under 7 years older. They couldn’t play Cavill’s mother, but they could play a flashback Lara, I suppose.

      The source of this report (Variety, a reliable publication) refers to the role as the “female lead.”

      • Dev1359

        Yeah, flashback mother was what I meant…it makes sense considering she’d be around that age at the time of she died.

  • supefan

    Rosamund Pike! the picture alone is perfect!

  • James Merrick

    Alice Eve and Rosamund Pike are incredibly gorgeous. These stunningly beautiful young women are pure English perfection.

  • Bob Marley

    Alice Eve is crazy hot – couldn’t stop staring at her in She’s Out Of My League! Want to see her on the big screen more – so hopefully she lands this and it is more than a bit role!

  • Alex-mansy

    Sounds like a good idea. That will leave Snyder the freedom and time to focus on Lois Lane in the sequels.

    As a reboot he can’t and shouldn’t be required to reboot every aspect and character in the Superman mythos.

  • napdyno

    Superman’s Kryptonian mother sounds like a reasonable bet since he was an infant when he was sent to Earth.

  • eraserhead

    Please not Diane Kruger. She’s a horrible actress and ruins everything she’s in. I can’t understand for a second why anybody would or ever did hire her.

    • Max

      no offense but you’re a retard.

  • fuckheads

    The female is NOT Lois Lane as in “she isn’t appearing in the movie”??

    Find this really hard to believe when A YEAR AGO, it was said the script was an origin story AND the actors would already be familiar with luthor,lois, and kent would already have established the identity of Superman.

    These idiots and their stupid breaking news.

    Oh, “Riddler is the main villain in Dark Knight Rises”, Myley Cyrus is Catwoman, Gordon Leavitt/Eddie Murphy is teh Riddler, Killer Croc/Deadshot is one of the villains in the film, ETCETERA!

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  • Pete

    I was really looking forward to seeing Kristen Stewart in Superman. But, maybe she made the right decision in the end. A weak willed Superman would’ve looked like a pussy next to her.

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