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Alice Eve, Rosamund Pike, and Diane Kruger on the shortlist to play the female lead in Superman (and it's NOT Lois Lane)

Feb. 4, 2011by: George Merchan

That's right, the lead female in director Zack Snyder's SUPERMAN reboot will not be Lois Lane. Who will it be? We don't know!

Not yet anyways. According to Variety, the lovely blonde trio of Alice Eve (SHE'S OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE), Rosamund Pike (DIE ANOTHER DAY), and Diane Kruger (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) are all on the shortlist to play an undisclosed female lead character. Does that mean that Lane will only be featured in a minimized capacity? Or will we be seeing a similar scenario to that of the untitled SPIDER-MAN reboot that has Gwen Stacey taking over the spotlight from Mary Jane Watson?

Variety adds that though earlier reports had dropped names like Rachel McAdams and Kristen Stewart as potential female leads, sources now tell the trade that Warner Bros. "doesn't want a name that could overshadow its leading man." That leading man, of course, is Henry Cavill ("The Tudors") who was just cast as the Man of Steel this past weekend. Alice Eve and Rosamund Pike fit the bill as names that are recognizable but not overpowering to a relative unknown like Cavill. Diane Kruger, on the other hand, doesn't make sense to me since she had large roles in both a Quentin Tarantino film (his most successful to boot) and two NATIONAL TREASURE films that were quite successful worldwide. But, I digress.

The last tidbit that Variety puts out is this: "Studio is also currently putting a search out for its villain as well, but no names have been set in stone."

So who might this new female lead be? Lana Lang? Supergirl? A new character? Superman aficionados, start speculating below!
Extra Tidbit: Alice Eve and Rosamund Pike were both frontrunners for a couple of Marvel films we'll be seeing this year - Eve with CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER as Peggy Carter and Pike with X-MEN: FIRST CLASS as Emma Frost.
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7:04AM on 02/05/2011

Ursa

LatinoReview is reporting that the undisclosed role is Ursa. Also they claim that Lois is in the movie too. [link]
LatinoReview is reporting that the undisclosed role is Ursa. Also they claim that Lois is in the movie too. [link]
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4:10AM on 02/05/2011
Wasn't this the same list for Emma Frost?
Wasn't this the same list for Emma Frost?
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10:12PM on 02/04/2011

not american

i dont really care but LOLOLOL
i dont really care but LOLOLOL
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2:50PM on 02/04/2011

Originality

I don't think Tessmacher would be a good idea. I think they should stay far away from the classic reeves supermans. That was a superman for a different generation. The new superman needs to show the full potential of superman. he needs a crazy powerful villian that supes can go toe to toe with and show off why people call superman a tank. We've had way too many superman lex luthor movies we need braniac or metalo, parasite, or even better darkseid. Bascially you shouldn't have the most powerful
I don't think Tessmacher would be a good idea. I think they should stay far away from the classic reeves supermans. That was a superman for a different generation. The new superman needs to show the full potential of superman. he needs a crazy powerful villian that supes can go toe to toe with and show off why people call superman a tank. We've had way too many superman lex luthor movies we need braniac or metalo, parasite, or even better darkseid. Bascially you shouldn't have the most powerful being in the universe fighting a man....no matter how smart he is..
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2:28PM on 02/04/2011

YES!

This is definitely supergirl. all the canidates are blonde and so is supergirl. this has to be supergirl.
This is definitely supergirl. all the canidates are blonde and so is supergirl. this has to be supergirl.
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2:16PM on 02/04/2011
Maybe it's a lead female villain role? Not a major one just a minor one like Mercy or Livewire. Hey does anyone remember Miss Tessmacher from the first Superman movie? wouldn't be crazy if they brought her back?
Maybe it's a lead female villain role? Not a major one just a minor one like Mercy or Livewire. Hey does anyone remember Miss Tessmacher from the first Superman movie? wouldn't be crazy if they brought her back?
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1:52PM on 02/04/2011
I'm rooting for Diane Kruger.
I'm rooting for Diane Kruger.
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12:16PM on 02/04/2011
As long as Kristin Stewart isn't in the film, I don't see what people see in her, she could be a good actress, i only seen Adventureland, and that movie bored me. Last thing I need to see in a Superman movie is a Lois Lane that looks strung out.
As long as Kristin Stewart isn't in the film, I don't see what people see in her, she could be a good actress, i only seen Adventureland, and that movie bored me. Last thing I need to see in a Superman movie is a Lois Lane that looks strung out.
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12:13PM on 02/04/2011

Supergirl

Come on guys!! This is a superman movie...all this news means is that there are multiple female roles. There will always be a lois lane in a superman movie...period. Now i dont think they are casting for lana lang. Lana has too much drama with clark, always was in the comics (she took over lexcorp) and smallville. Drama like that doesn't fit Snyder's MO. What does fit his MO is a sexy supergirl with a skimpy skirt on kicking a bunch of villians butt! Its casting for supergirl my guess and i
Come on guys!! This is a superman movie...all this news means is that there are multiple female roles. There will always be a lois lane in a superman movie...period. Now i dont think they are casting for lana lang. Lana has too much drama with clark, always was in the comics (she took over lexcorp) and smallville. Drama like that doesn't fit Snyder's MO. What does fit his MO is a sexy supergirl with a skimpy skirt on kicking a bunch of villians butt! Its casting for supergirl my guess and i think Kruger would be great visually
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12:11PM on 02/04/2011

Supergirl

Come on guys!! This is a superman movie...all this news means is that there are multiple female roles. There will always be a lois lane in a superman movie...period. Now i dont think they are casting for lana lang. Lana has too much drama with clark, always was in the comics (she took over lewcorp) and smallville. Drama like that doesn't fit Snyder's MO. What does fit his MO is a sexy supergirl with a skimpy skirt on kicking a bunch of villians butt! Its casting for supergirl my guess and i
Come on guys!! This is a superman movie...all this news means is that there are multiple female roles. There will always be a lois lane in a superman movie...period. Now i dont think they are casting for lana lang. Lana has too much drama with clark, always was in the comics (she took over lewcorp) and smallville. Drama like that doesn't fit Snyder's MO. What does fit his MO is a sexy supergirl with a skimpy skirt on kicking a bunch of villians butt! Its casting for supergirl my guess and i think Kruger would be great visually
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11:34AM on 02/04/2011

Are they out of their minds?

How can you have a Superman movie without Lois Lane? It's not like Clark dated around. He had Lana in Smallville, but when he moved to Metropolis he met Lois and that was it. By using Gwen in Spider-Man, they are doing it right, as Gwen was Peter's true love before she was killed, but having a Superman movie without Lois Lane is just BAD! This movie is digging itself a hole even before it starts shooting. It will have to impress me with a great trailer to get me in the theater.
How can you have a Superman movie without Lois Lane? It's not like Clark dated around. He had Lana in Smallville, but when he moved to Metropolis he met Lois and that was it. By using Gwen in Spider-Man, they are doing it right, as Gwen was Peter's true love before she was killed, but having a Superman movie without Lois Lane is just BAD! This movie is digging itself a hole even before it starts shooting. It will have to impress me with a great trailer to get me in the theater.
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11:31AM on 02/04/2011

Kruger!

No Lois Lane? WTF. anywhoo: Kruger is the top of my list anywhere. Totally underrated. I love her and she will be awesome. Jeez its hard to find a replacement since Portman's taken...
No Lois Lane? WTF. anywhoo: Kruger is the top of my list anywhere. Totally underrated. I love her and she will be awesome. Jeez its hard to find a replacement since Portman's taken...
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11:30AM on 02/04/2011

Are they out of their minds?

How can you have a Superman movie without Lois Lane? It's not like Clark dated around. He had Lana in Smallville, but when he moved to Metropolis he met Lois and that was it. By using Gwen in Spider-Man, they are doing it right, as Gwen was Peter's true love before she was killed, but having a Superman movie without Lois Lane is just BAD! This movie is digging itself a hole even before it starts shooting. It will have to impress me with a great trailer to get me in the theater.
How can you have a Superman movie without Lois Lane? It's not like Clark dated around. He had Lana in Smallville, but when he moved to Metropolis he met Lois and that was it. By using Gwen in Spider-Man, they are doing it right, as Gwen was Peter's true love before she was killed, but having a Superman movie without Lois Lane is just BAD! This movie is digging itself a hole even before it starts shooting. It will have to impress me with a great trailer to get me in the theater.
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11:39AM on 02/04/2011
I agree, who are they gonna use, Lana Lane
I agree, who are they gonna use, Lana Lane
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11:22AM on 02/04/2011
Oops, the comment from tearlis is actually from me, forgot to log in under my name, but her it is again......I think Rosamund Pike would have made a great Emma Frost, she has that snobby attitude about her in Die Another Day that fits Emma's personality, plus she is actually hot, even though Im not a fan of blondes.....
Oops, the comment from tearlis is actually from me, forgot to log in under my name, but her it is again......I think Rosamund Pike would have made a great Emma Frost, she has that snobby attitude about her in Die Another Day that fits Emma's personality, plus she is actually hot, even though Im not a fan of blondes.....
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11:18AM on 02/04/2011
I think Rosamund Pike would have made a great Emma Frost, she has that snobby attitude about her in Die Another Day that fits Emma's personality, plus she is actually hot, even though Im not a fan of blondes
I think Rosamund Pike would have made a great Emma Frost, she has that snobby attitude about her in Die Another Day that fits Emma's personality, plus she is actually hot, even though Im not a fan of blondes
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11:15AM on 02/04/2011
I don't like the fact of not having Lois Lane in this. She is essential and vital to Clark Kent and who Clark Kent is...Superman. If they want to do this new Superman movie right and make it the best they can than having Lois Lane HAS to be in this movie.
I don't like the fact of not having Lois Lane in this. She is essential and vital to Clark Kent and who Clark Kent is...Superman. If they want to do this new Superman movie right and make it the best they can than having Lois Lane HAS to be in this movie.
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11:08AM on 02/04/2011
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11:07AM on 02/04/2011
"This deal's getting worse all the time."
"This deal's getting worse all the time."
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10:27AM on 02/04/2011
Please don't fuck this up! This is Superman for god's sake, we ain't talking iron man or thor here people! Just give us Lois, Lex, Jimmy and Perry. Just do it right and save all the second tier characters till part 2 and 3.
Please don't fuck this up! This is Superman for god's sake, we ain't talking iron man or thor here people! Just give us Lois, Lex, Jimmy and Perry. Just do it right and save all the second tier characters till part 2 and 3.
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10:25AM on 02/04/2011
I'm not going to say that no Lois is really good or bad but Superman is not that complicated. Krypton, red and blue tights, works at the Daily Planet with a woman who can't figure out he's Superman because he where's glasses. After that you can do pretty much whatever. Why all these filmmakers feel they need to re-imagine Superman everytime they get around to making a new movies is beyond me. It's not like there's a million top quality Superman movies that have come before that they need to
I'm not going to say that no Lois is really good or bad but Superman is not that complicated. Krypton, red and blue tights, works at the Daily Planet with a woman who can't figure out he's Superman because he where's glasses. After that you can do pretty much whatever. Why all these filmmakers feel they need to re-imagine Superman everytime they get around to making a new movies is beyond me. It's not like there's a million top quality Superman movies that have come before that they need to try to differentiate themselves from. They did the same thing the last time and after dozens of scripts and directors, and gay robots and Kryptonian kung-fu, we ended up with a movie that still had all these basic pieces in place. The movie wasn't that good but at least it didn't try to turn Spider-Man into Black Swan.
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9:20AM on 02/04/2011
I dont understand..why in the midst of new classic superhero movies, do we need to screw around with a few things? Superman needs Lois Lane, just like Spiderman needs Mary Jane Watson. I can understand that they dont want to give us the same thing over and over, but you let one new factor into a movie and it opens the door to more.
If they pick Lana Lang..ok because she is in the comics, but beyond they just need to hopefully stick to traditional material.
I dont understand..why in the midst of new classic superhero movies, do we need to screw around with a few things? Superman needs Lois Lane, just like Spiderman needs Mary Jane Watson. I can understand that they dont want to give us the same thing over and over, but you let one new factor into a movie and it opens the door to more.
If they pick Lana Lang..ok because she is in the comics, but beyond they just need to hopefully stick to traditional material.
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10:40AM on 02/04/2011
I don't mean to nitpick, but Spiderman works equally as well with Gwen Stacy instead of Mary-Jane. Your point is still completely valid though.
I don't mean to nitpick, but Spiderman works equally as well with Gwen Stacy instead of Mary-Jane. Your point is still completely valid though.
11:34AM on 02/04/2011
Gwen Stacey was actually Peter's girlfriend before Mary Jane, and her death still haunts him to this very day. She was a HUGE part of his life, and her death was a big shock to fans at the time. They are doing it right by using Gwen first. Something Raimi should have done. But I agree with the rest of what you said.
Gwen Stacey was actually Peter's girlfriend before Mary Jane, and her death still haunts him to this very day. She was a HUGE part of his life, and her death was a big shock to fans at the time. They are doing it right by using Gwen first. Something Raimi should have done. But I agree with the rest of what you said.
9:19AM on 02/04/2011

If it's a female lead that isn't Lois Lane.

Then it's a non-romantic lead, because there's no way in hell they're going to pull some other shit.
Then it's a non-romantic lead, because there's no way in hell they're going to pull some other shit.
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8:53AM on 02/04/2011
Lana Lang makes sense I guess, but these women make more sense for Cat Grant.
Lana Lang makes sense I guess, but these women make more sense for Cat Grant.
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8:11AM on 02/04/2011
I swear to god, if it's the Chloe Sullivan character from Smallville I will properly fucking kick off. Lana Lang would make the most sense, seeing as Clark is being portrayed as relatively young in this one.
I swear to god, if it's the Chloe Sullivan character from Smallville I will properly fucking kick off. Lana Lang would make the most sense, seeing as Clark is being portrayed as relatively young in this one.
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8:04AM on 02/04/2011

Diane Kruger..

..Pike was hot when Die another day came...That was 9 years ago...Not so sure Alice eve though....
..Pike was hot when Die another day came...That was 9 years ago...Not so sure Alice eve though....
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7:55AM on 02/04/2011
Lana Lang, perhaps? I'd love to see Rosamund Pike or Diane Kruger in Superman movie.
Lana Lang, perhaps? I'd love to see Rosamund Pike or Diane Kruger in Superman movie.
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7:49AM on 02/04/2011
I'm sort of annoyed that it won't be Lois. A Superman film will presumably deal with the Daily Planet at some point so not having Lois will be very odd.

With that said, I have no clue what character these actresses are being considered for, therefore, I have no idea of which actress would be best suited for it.

Alice Eve was good in Starter for 10 but mediocre in She's Out of My League. Pike was good in An Education, but mediocre in Surrogates and Doom and a couple others. Kruger was very
I'm sort of annoyed that it won't be Lois. A Superman film will presumably deal with the Daily Planet at some point so not having Lois will be very odd.

With that said, I have no clue what character these actresses are being considered for, therefore, I have no idea of which actress would be best suited for it.

Alice Eve was good in Starter for 10 but mediocre in She's Out of My League. Pike was good in An Education, but mediocre in Surrogates and Doom and a couple others. Kruger was very good in a couple of films like Wicker Park and The Hunting Party and a couple others but was very mediocre in Troy and Copying Beethoven. So talent wise, none of them really stick out but I guess I'll give it to Kruger. (The worst is probably Pike. I don't know, she always has this deer in the headlights look in every movie and when she smiles, it seems insincere. Like she's planning something :). Maybe I'll change my mind after Barney's Version.)

As for fame, the article is right. None of these are really that well known. Just because Kruger was in big movies doesn't mean that she was the draw for those movies. People saw Troy and Basterds for Pitt, not her. So famewise, they're all about the same also.

If I absolutely had to pick one, I guess Kruger. To be perfectly honest though, this is an even worse batch of actresses than the last. I'd much prefer someone else entirely because none of these actresses really fit in with the Superman movie I'd like to see.

Clark isn't really the type of guy that would go out with these supermodel types. He's always seemed the type that would go for a girl next door type rather than some beautiful actress. I don't know. None of them feel right for Supes.
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11:11AM on 02/04/2011
I don't know that they intend to put Lois on the bench for the entire film, maybe just putting her in a supporting role until the sequel.
On a side note I have to commend you for adding "none of these actresses really fit in with the Superman movie I'd like to see. Most people on these sites can't make the distinction between the movie they are expecting and the quality of the movie over all. Good on ya.
I don't know that they intend to put Lois on the bench for the entire film, maybe just putting her in a supporting role until the sequel.
On a side note I have to commend you for adding "none of these actresses really fit in with the Superman movie I'd like to see. Most people on these sites can't make the distinction between the movie they are expecting and the quality of the movie over all. Good on ya.
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7:31AM on 02/04/2011
I really don't consider myself a foreigner-hating, freedom-frie loving American. But there are a shit-load of foreigners up for roles in one of the most Iconic American frachises of all-time. Seriously, there are American actors out there who are unemployed and can do the job.
I really don't consider myself a foreigner-hating, freedom-frie loving American. But there are a shit-load of foreigners up for roles in one of the most Iconic American frachises of all-time. Seriously, there are American actors out there who are unemployed and can do the job.
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11:37AM on 02/04/2011
I agree they should have cast an American for Supes. Not only that, but the guy they cast just doesn't look the part to me. Just my opinion.
I agree they should have cast an American for Supes. Not only that, but the guy they cast just doesn't look the part to me. Just my opinion.
7:26AM on 02/04/2011

Pike

Pike is the best actress of the three not to mention one of the most beautiful woman alive. She also deserves to be more of a household name than she is.
Pike is the best actress of the three not to mention one of the most beautiful woman alive. She also deserves to be more of a household name than she is.
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7:05AM on 02/04/2011
definately kruger...especially if it's gonna be Supergirl.
definately kruger...especially if it's gonna be Supergirl.
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6:41AM on 02/04/2011

Pike

Or Kruger. Both are very talented but Pike has something more about her. I've never seen Alice Eve in anything but something about her rubs me the wrong way. I do, however, tend to think she'll get cast.
Or Kruger. Both are very talented but Pike has something more about her. I've never seen Alice Eve in anything but something about her rubs me the wrong way. I do, however, tend to think she'll get cast.
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6:23AM on 02/04/2011
Oh, and Kristen Stewart could "overshadow" anybody? C'mon! She's a kind-looking girl but definitely not a beautiful woman. And has no screen charisma. After the last Twilight movie, she'll disappear soon.
Oh, and Kristen Stewart could "overshadow" anybody? C'mon! She's a kind-looking girl but definitely not a beautiful woman. And has no screen charisma. After the last Twilight movie, she'll disappear soon.
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6:18AM on 02/04/2011

Er...

I think I'd go with Alice Eve - unlike the other two ladies, she still needs a big boxoffice breakout. And she's lovely as well. Well, all of them.
I think I'd go with Alice Eve - unlike the other two ladies, she still needs a big boxoffice breakout. And she's lovely as well. Well, all of them.
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6:16AM on 02/04/2011

Alice Eve

She has the kind of picture perfect beauty - not to mention comic book esque proportions - to fit in very well with a Snyderized version of Superman. Doesn't hurt that she's a good actress as well.
She has the kind of picture perfect beauty - not to mention comic book esque proportions - to fit in very well with a Snyderized version of Superman. Doesn't hurt that she's a good actress as well.
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5:35AM on 02/04/2011

Diane

They've all had their moments (She's out of your league, Barney's Version, Inglourious Basterds). But since Nolan is producing and they want to ground it in reality I reckon they should go with Kruger, since she would probably feel more adult than the other two ?
They've all had their moments (She's out of your league, Barney's Version, Inglourious Basterds). But since Nolan is producing and they want to ground it in reality I reckon they should go with Kruger, since she would probably feel more adult than the other two ?
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5:35AM on 02/04/2011
Well, some sort of grittiness... I'm not sure about reality when the tagline was "you'll believe a man can fly"
Well, some sort of grittiness... I'm not sure about reality when the tagline was "you'll believe a man can fly"
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