Superman can, according to legend, leap tall buildings in a single bound, but is he mighty enough to salvage Lindsay Lohan's movie career?
The blogosphere currently is abuzz with rumors that Lohan is in the 'talking phase' about a major role in Zack Snyder's new "Superman" reboot. Rumors that Lohan will play intrepid reporter Lois Lane are quickly being dismissed, but LiLo could be accepted as Ursa, a Kryptonian villain with the same powers as Superman.
With her current legal troubles, however, taking the Ursa role could be considered typecasting. On Wednesday, Lohan will be charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing a $2500 necklace from a Venice, Calif. jewelry store.
LiLo's legal troubles come on the heels of being dropped from "Inferno," Matthew Wilder's biopic about legendary adult actress Linda Lovelace.
Wilder reportedly had been waiting for Lohan to get out of rehab, but her personal issues forced the director to seek another actress last November to play the lead role. Wilder also mentioned that the difficulties of insuring Lohan on the set contributed to his decision.
With non-flattering photos circulating across the Internet, one has to wonder what happened to that talented, freckle-faced charmer who starred in a remake of Disney's "The Parent Trap."
As Hayley Mills did before her, Lohan played twin sisters of divorced parents who accidentally meet at summer camp. At 11 years of age, Lohan handled the dual role with surprising ease.
Lohan's work opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in "Freaky Friday," another Disney remake, confirmed that the teenage actress had the chops to become a major star. In 2004, "Mean Girls," a wickedly funny look at high school life, made it seem that Lohan was only destined for greatness.
As witnessed by her current legal troubles, however, Lindsay Lohan's once-promising career has officially gone into a ditch.
Could a starring role in the planned "Superman" reboot give her the leg up she needs? It's possible, especially if the film becomes a major box office hit.
Would casting Lohan as Lois Lane be totally unthinkable? Could she stack up against the other actresses who played the iconic role?
Phyllis Coates: Starring as Lois Lane in the feature film "Superman and the Mole Men," Phyllis Coates reprised her role on the first year of the popular 1950s television series "The Adventures of Superman."
Noel Neill: This talented actress played Lois Lane in the movie serials and for several years on "The Adventures of Superman." A fan favorite, Neill was honored with a statue from the citizens of Metropolis, Ill. for her contributions to the Superman legend.
Neill reflected the earnestness and curiosity that was a trademark of the 1950s comic book Lois Lane. Neill even has a cameo role as Lois' mother in the 1978 feature film.
Margot Kidder: The 1970s saw a resurgence in the "Superman" franchise, with the late Christopher Reeve playing a convincing Man of Steel as well as an equally mild-mannered Clark Kent.
Margot Kidder created the Lois Lane of the 1970s, a brassy, sassy career woman who became weak in the knees when standing next to Superman. Kidder played Lois Lane in four "Superman" movies before the franchise ran out of gas.
Kate Bosworth: The pretty actress took over the Lois Lane role in Bryan Singer's attempt to restart the Superman franchise. In the continuity of the series, "Superman Returns" replaces "Superman III" and "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," two forgettable outings for the Man of Steel.
Singer's film shows Kal-El, the last son of Krypton, completing a five-year round trip to Krypton's remains and then returning to an Earth that has gotten along without him.
Bosworth brings an angry edge to Lois Lane, who feels abandoned by the man she loved. She also has a child that appears to have super powers, the possible result of sleeping with Clark in "Superman II."
Teri Hatcher: In an effort to humanize the character, DC Comics rebooted the entire Superman line of comics in 1986. The Lois Lane that emerged in the new continuity was more independent than any of her previous incarnations.
The relationship between Lois and Superman also changed as well. It became important for Lois to love Clark Kent, not the guy in the cape, which is what "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," explored in great detail.
Teri Hatcher played Lois as a driven reporter conflicted by her feelings for both Clark Kent and Superman. By the end of the first season, without knowing his secret, Lois had fallen hard for Clark.
Erica Durance: Now in its final season, "Smallville" looks at the Superman legend from a different perspective, following Clark Kent from his high school years up to the point where he takes on the mantle of Superman
Erica Durance was introduced as Lois Lane in 2004 and has proven to be an excellent addition to the cast. Her Lois Lane deeply loves Clark, even calling him "Smallville" as a sign of affection. Durance embodies all the solid aspects of the character.
If Lindsay Lohan actually is in negotiations to play Lois Lane, she has some big shoes to fill.
LiLo does have one advantage over predecessors, though. Her double-L initials were a trademark of Superman's female characters in the 1950s and 1960s.
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