Lois Will Know Clark is Superman in 'Man of Steel' Sequel

Amy Adams, Henry Cavill and Antje Traue in Man of Steel
Amy Adams, Henry Cavill and Antje Traue in Man of Steel
Photo: Warner Bros.

I'm trying to remember if there's a moment in Man of Steel where Superman (Henry Cavill) has a conversation with Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) that would suggest White would be able to recognize Clark Kent as Superman. I could understand Harry Lennix as General Swanwick not making the connection since their relationship won't exactly be a day-to-day thing, but it will be harder to convince audiences that White is that clueless once the sequel rolls around. Then there's Lois Lane...

Whether it's called Batman vs. Superman or Man of Steel 2, I'm pretty sure we all expect the next Superman film to stray from the idea Lois Lane (Amy Adams) could fall for Superman and not realize he is also Clark Kent and the ending of Man of Steel suggests as much, and Henry Cavill spoke with io9 about the future of the relationship and here's what he said:

"I think it's essential [Lois know Clark is Superman] because if we're trying to base it in reality, there's no way that Lois has these direct interactions with Superman, and then doesn't recognize Clark sitting next to her in the office. If she falls in love with Superman, and she's ignoring a guy who looks just like Superman, behaves just like him, and has the same kind of mannerisms and behavior, then what does that say about Lois? I like this relationship. She saves him just as much as he saves her."

This already is great news as the film won't have to get bogged down in such silliness.

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    lol... I love that last line. If MOS was any indication, there is so much other silliness it will get bogged down in.

    • Guest

      How can any super hero film not have silliness ...


  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/ClarkKent/ Clark Kent

    I actually liked this part in the script that Kevin Smith wrote for Superman. In their first scene together, Lois would play the charade of not recognize him just to reveal seconds later that she┬┤s in the secret and helping him to avoid recognition and people in the Daily Planet. This could be a funny new dynamic between the characters never seen in the movies before (... if the battle with the new Batman actually lets some time to develop it).

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

    I'm confused.

    didn't she already know he's Superman by the time she visited him by Pa Kent grave and at the very end when she pretended to meet him for the first time at the Daily Planet.

    Pulitzer fucking Prize winning journalist Lois Lane still didn't know that Clark Kent was Superman?

    Did I see some alternate version of Man of Steel?

    Did Henry Cavil see an alternate version of Man of Steel?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    Brad, it was made clear in Man of Steel that Lois uncovered that Clark Kent was Superman. She even talked to him about it. Why would this be in doubt for the 2nd film??

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JohnDoeSnow/ John Doe Snow

    Brad, you clearly already forgot the movie :P
    Lois even goes at Clark's home, of course she knows who he is. Half the movie is about her making researches about his past...
    Maybe I'm missing something...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ducard/ Ducard

    Maybe Brad only saw part of the movie or maybe he was distracted. That would explain his negative review & him missing the fact that movie treated Lois (& its audience) as intelligent people.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

      I'm pretty sure he just forgot. He sees enough hundreds of movies a year. You can't expect him to remember every plot point of every film.

      Side-note: I wouldn't call his review of Man of Steel negative. He gave it a B.

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    Guys, I think Brad gets it. He's questioning it because the Cavill brings it up as if it was something that wasn't obvious....

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/racquetman/ racquetman

    I think Brad couldn't care less about this information. This strikes me as one of those "gotta get them clicks" articles.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Angel/ Angel

    This is good. In Superman Returns, there's that moment when Lois almost gets it. I wanted to strangle the writers when she didn't. I think Perry White might just know the secret in the next film. Maybe he was in on it. That would be great.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    But is Perry White aware that Clark isn't actually a journalist? ;-)

  • http://www.digitalkebab.com Shaun Heenan

    Dem. Clicks.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Roger/ Roger Judd

    I hope the whole Batman vs Superman thing isn't the focal point of the movie. I'd much rather a smaller scene like the Avengers seeing each other for the first time when they get Loki. Because in the end, we know Batman and Superman will fight together. I hope it doesn't drag.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin


  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheJackal/ The Jackal

    Since when does every aspect of a movie, especially a comic book film have to be a slave to what is "real?" I enjoyed the last two Fast & Furious movies, do I care that most of what transpired on screen was completely ludicrous? Don't get me wrong, I've greatly enjoyed how the new Batman and Superman flicks have tried to ground themselves in reality; however, I do enjoy a sense of fun and whimsy as well. This is what made The Avengers such a good time at the movies. I've been a Superman fan my entire life and I highly enjoyed "Man of Steel," so if the decision is made for Louis to know Clark's secret (that is fairly obvious) and for Perry not to, I'm on board.

    Thems the facts

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    Not that I found 'Man of Steel' to be all that good anyway but I also have to echo the fact I don't feel a dose of silliness in either a comic book film or a Summer season escape film is necessarily a bad thing.

    Not when it's always been par for the course for the character at least.

    Of course 'silliness' can go too far (and I'm sure everyone's line in the sand is different) but overall I don't really believe it's always the problem it's made out to be and often it can help a film (and jeez, 'Man of Steel' could have used a LOT less pretension and a lot more snap and humour in it's cape). Silliness can be overcome if the central characters are worth spending a couple of hours with (and I'd say characters are more of an issue in modern blockbusters than silliness really) because audiences don't really mind such issues. Make a film that keeps a good pace, has good energy and flows smoothly enough to crack over the plot holes and logic gaps but most importantly has a collection of characters the audience wants to take the ride with and most audience members will be fine.

    You don't have to ground everything in turgid reality all of the time.

  • Anthony

    Actually in the original superman, Clark played as a incompetent fool. And only had those mannerism when he was superman. I would be satisfied if louis recognized superman in the first man of steel. She owes a life oath to him and seems like she can keep a secrete as along as it falls to her advantage. That is my REALISTIC viewpoint. It sounds more darker but I think if they want to go dark knight path, then they need to show everyones dark side. I dont think I like the direction of this superman how they are talking. Louis always had the persona of always being more involved in her work then anything. That is why superman always had to bail her out. Just let her know immediately, let her try to use that as her advantage on investigations. We should know she thinks about revealing superman, but will never do it. I think thats the perfect louis.