Amy Adams implies she’s unlikely to return as Lois Lane in the DC Extended Universe. The Academy Award nominee first appeared as the intrepid journalist in 2013’s Man of Steel and reprised the role in both Batman V Superman and Justice League. While some (including Adams herself) expressed concern with how the character was written in those films, Adams always made the most of the material given to her and attempted to put her stamp on the part. She enjoyed playing Lois and working with everyone else in the DC family.
As many people know by now, the future of DC’s cinematic slate is very much in a state of flux. The critical and commercial failure of Justice League forced Warner Bros. to reevaluate their strategy moving forward, and it’s possible big changes are in order as they attempt to regroup. While very little has been confirmed at this juncture, it’s becoming more possible that several of the franchise’s key players depart – including Adams.
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While appearing on Variety’s Actors on Actors with Nicole Kidman (who coincidentally co-stars in DC’s Aquaman this December), Adams briefly discussed the uncertainty surrounding her possible return:
“I think I’m out of the DC Universe now. I think they’re revamping that. I don’t know the details.”
Though there are conflicting reports about Henry Cavill stepping down as Superman, that corner of the franchise is no longer a priority for Warner Bros. The studio allegedly has no future films on deck for either Cavill’s Kal-El or Ben Affleck’s Batman, so it isn’t surprising to hear Adams might be on the way out as well. What’s more is that WB is reconfiguring their approach, putting less emphasis on shared universe connections between their various movies to allow each one to stand on its own merits. That means the odds of Lois making a cameo in another superhero’s movie are slim; it’s possible she could, but she’s so associated with Superman that the filmmakers might decide to not go that route. In all likelihood, the next time Superman and related characters are on the big screen, they’ll be played by an entirely different crop of actors in a reboot.
While this is all understandable given the current circumstances surrounding the DCEU, it’s nevertheless disappointing to hear. Adams becomes the latest in a growing line of talented actors that are unsure they’ll play in this sandbox again. Earlier this year, the likes of Laurence Fishburne and J.K. Simmons cast doubt on their respective futures, as they don’t know the status of the projects they’d be involved with. For all the DCEU’s perceived storytelling faults, WB was able to attract a very gifted ensemble to bring the characters to life, so it’s unfortunate so many of them will need to be replaced. Any film would be lucky to have someone like Adams or Simmons attached. Hopefully, it all works out for everyone in the end.
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