The Emerging Problem Of Superman And Lois Lane

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I think I’ve made it fairly clear that I’m a big fan of superhero romances. I’m a big fan of romance in general, but romance between superheroes has a special place in my heart. I was a comic book fan before I was a romance fan. As the years have gone by, it has been among my favorite combinations. I put it up there with pizza and a cold beer.

It certainly helps that superhero comics have inspired some of the most iconic romances of the past century. Say what you will about Rose and Jack in “Titanic.” I still find the love story between Batman and Catwoman is much more complex and compelling in terms of depth, not to mention many times sexier.

Superhero comics have informed a lot with respect to my fondness for romance. I also think they offer unique insights into the complexity of romance. Love is complicated enough. Adding superpowers and super-villains into the mix only compounds the drama. Sometimes it can end in tragedy. Sometimes it can make for some truly epic romance that strikes all the right emotional chords.

In some instances, though, mixing romance and superheroes can cause problems. Like relationships in the real world, there are many ways to screw it up. Comics have done plenty to mishandle romance. Just ask any Spider-Man fan about a story called One More Day and watch them recoil with disgust. I’ve even noted a few examples.

However, there are some instances where romance in superhero comics cause unique problems that are subtle in substance, but vast in implications. It doesn’t always involve relationships that are inherently toxic to multiple characters. Sometimes, those problems can emerge in even the most iconic relationship.

In the pantheon of superhero romances, the top spot is usually reserved for Superman and Lois Lane. In terms of romance in superhero comics, they are the gold-encrusted diamond standard by which all others are measured. Their love is isn’t just iconic. It’s a foundational component for both characters.

Superman loves Lois Lane. Lois Lane loves Superman. That romance is established in the pages of Action Comics #1. It’s a critical part of how both characters evolve over the years. You can’t tell Superman’s story without Lois Lane and you can’t tell Lois Lane’s story without Superman.

In the same way Superman always does the right thing and Deadpool always makes the dirtiest joke, this dynamic is fundamental. It establishes the kind of romance that is pure, unconditional, and uncorrupt. There’s no need for a previous love interest to die or a love triangle to provoke drama. Superman and Lois Lane just love each other and that’s all there is to it.

However, even with a romance this iconic, there is a problem and it’s actually a very recent problem. It affects both Superman and Lois Lane, but I believe it affects Lois to a much greater extent. It stems from an issue that I’ve been noticing more and more lately with certain romances. When it shows up in the most iconic romance in the history of comics, though, I take notice.

The nature of the problem has less to do with love and more to do with how a relationship defines certain characters. In both fiction and real life, it’s common and even romantic for two people to become so close that their lives become heavily entwined. There comes a point, though, where it stops being romantic and starts being destructive.

For most of their history, Superman and Lois Lane’s romance was built around simple, but effective dynamics. Lois Lane loved Superman, but not Clark Kent, who she didn’t know was Superman. Superman kept his identity from her to protect her many years, which created plenty of tension and made for some great moments.

Eventually, Superman reveals his identity to Lois and they eventually get married. I remember that moment. It was an amazing milestone for both romance and comics lore. The problem only came when that dynamic was complicated by a new theme that has since permeated the narrative.

It didn’t start at any particular date, but I think “Superman Returns” marked the unofficial turning point. That movie, on top of turning Superman into a deadbeat dad, made a small, but critical tweak to the Superman/Lois romance. In essence, it turned their love from a strength to a liability that is detrimental to the ideals of Superman and romance, as a whole.

At the beginning of that movie, Superman’s actions are the same as they’ve always been. He does the right thing because it’s the right thing. That’s who he is and why he’s so iconic. Towards the end, though, what he does becomes less about doing the right thing and more about resolving his relationship with Lois Lane.

Suddenly, doing the right thing and saving Lois aren’t just supplementary plots. They’re indistinguishable. One is the other and that’s a problem for reasons that go beyond romance and heroism. It wouldn’t have been that big an issue if it had only played out in one sub-par Superman movie, but in recent years, the problem has escalated.

It manifested in its most overt form in “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” a video game with a comic book series tie-in that essentially provides a worst-case-scenario for Superman. In this story, Superman is tricked into killing both Lois and his unborn child by the Joker. It’s not just an atrocity and a tragedy. It fundementally breaks Superman.

I’m not just referring to his spirit either. The death of Lois Lane also marked the death of Superman, as an ideal. In both the game and the tie-in comics, he’s no longer a hero. He’s a tyrant who becomes everything he once fought against. I wouldn’t go so far as to call him a villain, but he’s definitely not the beacon of goodness that so defines his character.

While it makes for a powerful story, the particulars of that transformation are profound and not in a good way. It implies that Superman’s heroism is directly tied to Lois Lane and not supplemented by it. If she dies, then Superman ceases to be that iconic hero who stands for truth and justice.

That sends the message that Superman’s love for Lois Lane isn’t a strength. It’s a crutch. She’s not just his connection to humanity. She’s his lifeline. Beyond putting a burden on a character whose appeal is her ambitious pursuit of truth, it reduces Lois Lane to a singular role and one that’s impossible to maintain.

Unlike Superman, Lois is human. She’s going to age. She’s going to eventually die. Under this dynamic, Superman will eventually lose sight of his ideals. He’ll eventually stop being the hero that fights for truth, justice, and the American Way. Without Lois, he’s destined to give up and for a character who once moved the sun, that’s pretty weak.

This issue came up again in the plot for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” While I enjoyed the movie and don’t think it deserved half the criticism it got, there was one major issue that I felt undercut the story. Once again, it came back to Superman’s relationship with Lois.

Throughout the movie, Superman constantly questions his role and responsibilites as a hero, especially after seeing Batman’s approach to pursuing justice. That’s perfectly appropriate with respect to humanizing his character, but at the end of the day, he bases much of his decision to save the day around saving Lois.

That’s not to say that there isn’t merit to saving a lover, but this is Superman we’re talking about here. This is a hero whose entire appeal is built around him having god-like power, but still doing the right thing. When the right thing is only ever in the context of saving his girlfriend, then that undercuts both the ideals and the romance itself.

It’s largely for that reason, among others, that I find the romance between Superman and Wonder Woman more compelling. Back in 2012, there was a brief period in DC Comics where the timeline was tweaked, which happens fairly often, and Superman’s marriage to Lois Lane was nullified. That gave these two iconic heroes a chance to be together.

I could probably write several more articles about why I think the Superman/Wonder Woman romance is special in its own right. In many respects, I think it’s healthier than the Superman/Lois Lane relationship. It may never be as iconic, but it fundementally avoids this problem.

Wonder Woman can take care of herself. She can save herself and be a hero on her own terms. Lois Lane, however, is becoming more and more defined by how she defines Superman. For the most iconic superhero couple of all time, that’s pretty shallow.

The recent comics have done little to address this issue. With yet another tweak to the timeline, Superman is back with Lois. They even have a child now. However, the nature of their relationship is still on uncertain ground. I still feel it lacks the complementary dynamics that made it work so well for so many years.

There’s a chance it could change. Given the fickle nature of comic book continuity, it’s very likely that the Superman/Lois Lane dynamic will continue to evolve. However, I think it’s going in the wrong direction if Superman’s reasons for doing the right thing are that dependent on Lois.

Whether or not this problem deepens or subsides remains to be seen. Superman and Lois Lane are still the most iconic romance in the history of comics. That will continue to hold true, even if the problem deepens. Superman and Lois Lane are great characters in their own right. That aspect cannot and should not get lost under the weight of their iconic romance.

As much a romantic as I am, I don’t deny that it is possible for a love story to go too far. Loving someone and being dependant on them are not the same thing, especially when superpowers get involved. If a relationship becomes too dependent, then it can be more damaging than a mountain of kryptonite.

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59 responses to “The Emerging Problem Of Superman And Lois Lane

  1. Clark and Diana were a wretched, toxic pairing in the New 52 and it was established in Rebirth Diana only thought of Clark as an easy distraction.

    • js

      I guess that ironically means that is good enough for Lois Lane seeing her and Superman always falls in love easy?

      • Kathleen

        But…Lois and Clark don’t “fall in love” easy. Not in most adaptations they don’t.

        In “Lois and Clark” they fall in love after a deel friendship that stretched 2 seasons and only after struggling with conflict first.

        On “Smallville” they fall in love after literally 7 years of being rivals to friends to good friends to lovers.

        Even in the post crisis comics, they only truly admitted feelings after several years of dealing with conflict and learning to find that deep friendship.

        One could argue that the fall in love “quickly” in films but that’s, in part, a problem with the film genre vs. the more extended storytelling of television. I prefer television for this reason because I like more fleshed out stories but film has its place. And then there…I definitely understood the attraction between the two and only wanted the films to devote more time to talking and less time to blowing stuff up. But that’s a repeated issue with film as a medium.

        Even the Lois YA novels (which were extremely popular with young girls) are definitely a slow burn to Lois and Clark ever sharing their first kiss.

        My take? Lois and Superman often are an example of the passion that we sometimes feel for another person and we can’t explain it. They are attracted to each other’s courage and bravery and it manifests in passion. Lois and ::Clark:: is often a slow burn over the course of several years wherein they get to know each other on a deep, intimate level as partners and friends before they fall in love. Both are important and part of what makes Superman …Superman.

    • SW

      I have to disagree. Soule wrote the relationship beautifully in the first couple of Volumes of Superman/Wonder Woman. They balanced their roles as heroes and lives as civilians while learning about each other and being able to relate on many levels. It was a unique dynamic that I wish DC didnt do away with. Then writers like Tomasi went and soiled the characters by writing them so OOC and doing his best to shatter all that was built between the two. They did their best to undo everything about the relationship, so it was obvious that Rebarf would paint the relationship in a bad light because it challenged the status quo and they want to act like it never happened.

    • Stop talking rubbish.

      I thought when they said they were concerned about how Lois and Clark were being treated, they would at least offer a rational solution to overcome this problem.. BUT instead! “hey DC Writers, instead of putting more effort of writing LOIS LANE and SUPERMAN better in the future, why dont you guys get lazier by pushing Superman to Wonder Woman?” which is probably the most shallow pairing the world could ever have in the fiction.

      • Deimos Mercury

        @Stop. Yeah I got confused here. Does this entry try to fix the problems we have with Superman and Lois’ relationship or does it try to break these two up? Is it only me but it started with showing concern and all the pressing matters, then it turned 180 and tried to get rid of Lois Lane?

      • Kathleen

        The article is baffling to me. It’s ok to have another ship preference (I don’t agree at all that SM/WW is superior in any way but that’s another subject) but then…maybe you aren’t the person to write an article like this. There are lots of women who love Lois and obviously Lois/Clark has a big female fandom. I’m sure those women are equally as frustrated with stuff like Injustice (I definitely am) but they likely can offer better solutions. This piece was troublingly sexist.

    • Furyan

      Diana’s words would never say that about Clark and his relationship was not easy, they went through several trials in their relationship

  2. js

    I agree with this article. I don’t like what Superman has become. He is not a hero so much who loves all of us on earth as he lives to save Lois Lane and holds her life above everything else. This is shown in the movies. The guy is willing to change the entire course of history in the Reeve movie to save her, to give up his powers to sleep with her. The guy drops everything and I mean everything for her in the DCEU. Injustice is terrible and if the commentary on that is Superman needs Lois to stat sane or care or be Superman then he’s not admirable as a hero. I guess some women might find this romantic, to me it is evidence how weak a character Superman is. It’s prob why people like and admire Batman more. Tragedy does not destroy him. A man’s mettle and character is tested not when life is great, but when life is tough. Lois always struck me as a damsel so I think she’s just as weak so dependent on Superman as he is with her.

    • Leo

      Same here..I do agree with you.

    • Stop talking rubbish.

      Then write Lois and Superman better. Injustice is non canon. If you take Injustice to show how “toxic” Lois and Superman relationship is, I could say the same for Superman and Wonder Woman pairing of this universe. Such a power hungry , terrible pairing, ruling the world with iron fist. They think they are above all people because they have that much power. That’s what they are most of the times they are being paired together though, a couple of assholes.

  3. T

    Supes n wondy forever! Never liked Lois.

    • Leo

      Lois is not that bad but times has changed. This is now an era of woman empowerment and Wonderwoman is the symbol of woman empowerment and can contribute a lot beside her man, Superman.

      • Stop talking rubbish.

        A brave journalist putting her life in danger to get to the truth is not a symbol of woman empowerment then? Totally irrelevant to our REAL world right? *facepalm*

      • Kathleen

        I’m sorry but that’s crap. I love Wonder Woman and she is, without question, the best and most important female superhero in the world. But we desperately need Lois Lane too. She’s not lesser.

        The world is burning right now and honest journalists are standing between the US and a fascist President. Female journalists, in particular, are literally saving the world in the era of Me too. I love Wonder Woman but I can’t grow up to BE her. But I could be Lois. Girls can dream of being that kind of journalist. We need both the fantasy of Wonder Woman and the reality of Lois.

        And the idea that Superman is a stronger character only with Wonder Woman standing beside him as some kind of superpowered couple is flawed logic at best and a truly awful message at worst. Lois Lane is a hero too and women without swords and powers are equally as valuable. And it’s not bc she has a Pulitzer because awards are great but they aren’t the sum of who she is. It’s because of who she is.

    • Bradley

      Agree 100% with you. Even as a kid as I watch the Reeve movie, i wondered why Lois treated Clark the way she did

  4. Leo

    A real relationship is what i see with Superman and Wonderwoman..though there are many will not agree but I will stand for SMWW..They really are a perfect model of what a relationship should be..equality, give and take and knowing what a woman can do for her man and vice versa.

    • Kathleen

      Leo, Wonder Woman is queer. The idea that SM/WW is about “what a woman will do for her man” is a super uncomfortable thing to say about a woman with a canon bisexual history who had never been allowed to have a relationship with another woman and only with men.

      Two, Lois and Clark are equals in every way that matters because Clark Kent does not measure equality based on how hard someone can punch or being a superhero. Lois is his equal because he views her as such and respects her brain, commitment to truth and her courage. Their relationship is absolutely “real” in every way that counts.

      • NightSky

        In rebirth, the same writer who said she is queer/bisexual is the same writer who made her dependent on the first MAN she has ever met. It’s implied she had a fling of sorts with an Amazon or half the island, but never explicitly shown. Though, he showed her accepting being guilt tripped and thrown under the bus for actually loving and being in a committed healthy relationship with Clark. Now, she can’t do nor think for herself without Steve Trevor and acts like she needs him to teach her how to love and know what romance is but even he doesn’t know. She was thrown into a mental institution by him and constantly whines, cries and complains. This comes off as pathetically desperate and awful for Wonder Woman to make Steve Trevor relevant.

        Diana protected Clark as any woman would do for her man as Clark also protected her as a man would do for his woman, even though they both knew they could protect their own selves.

        Clark was hiding and downplaying who he was to Lois. He wasn’t all of his true self majority of the time. Hesitant to be truthful. Being of equals means not just physically, but mentally, intellectually, and emotionally.

    • Bradley

      Agree 100%

      • Ha, “committed”, Diana went and interrogated all of Clark’s friends during “truth” and pissed him off to such an extent he wasn’t sure if he even still loved her. Their relationship wasn’t healthy at all by the end of the New 52. I look at situations like that as proof Diana realised their love couldn’t possibly sustain itself under pressure.

  5. Francis

    Totally agree with this article. It’s about time someone at DC comics reads this and make the necessary changes to Supes. He makes way more sense with Wonder Woman than with Lois.

  6. Scarlett

    LOVE Superman with Wonder Woman. Not only is the relationship healthier emotionally, but Diana can truly understand what Kal is going through in a way Lois cannot.

    • Stop making bad jokes. By the end of the New 52, Clark and Diana had a toxic relationship and Clark distanced himself from her, they only got back together when he he was dying, so it was more of a pity date at the end of it. Quit your ludicrous power fantasies and stop throwing a courageous and UNDERSTANDING spirit like Lois under the bus.

  7. Stop talking rubbish.

    What.a.mysogynistic.rubbish.article.

  8. I understand what you were coming form, if you’ve seen my posts lately on this section of the forums, you’ll find I am most concerned with what’s going on too. You bring up the textbook examples that I feel are informing, much frightfully easily, mainstream perspectives of the relationship (especially since Injustice is down with the “cool” kids), not to mention Lois’s individual strengths have been downplayed considerably in other mediums (another reason why Death of Superman is such a needed shot in the arm)

    However, I maintain my opinion that Clark and Diana isn’t a superior pairing…in any way. Diana verged on being a home-wrecker in pre-flashpoint flirting with a married man and didn’t know when to keep in her own lane, and their relationship in New 52 was a sham as she was only using him..at one point she even started interogating Clark’s loved ones in TRUTH, prompting Clark to dump her. The two have virtually nothing in common but feats and powers

    Also, Lois has demonstrated more than a couple of times in the comics that she can handle herself in moments of great danger, and has even fought at Superman’s side a couple of instances. Clark even said what makes Lois better than Diana is her putlizer.

    • NightSky

      Pre- Flashpoint, Clark and Diana had a mutual attraction. They BOTH had unresolved feelings. In Truth, Diana did what she thought was right to save Clark’s friends as well stopping him from commiting suicide hurdling himself into the sun. Clark wanted to break up because he was wallowing in self pity and thought he wasn’t good without his powers. It was contrived, OOC writing.

      Diana was never using anyone. Instead of more OOC contrivances with obvious bias writing and using the character as just mouth pieces, there are plenty of actual page examples showing how much Diana was committed and loved Clark, even to a point she wanted marriage and children with him.
      The Pulitzer comment doesn’t help at all but makes Superman shallow. An award that doesn’t help for the greater good of anyone but self satisfaction is better than self sacrificing to save lives and helping to make the world better and at peace.

  9. Kathleen

    Jack, you seem like you have good intentions here (maybe?) but this post is….really ill advised and a lot of your points are deeply troubling and sexist.

    I want to believe that you genuinely care about getting more diverse writers on Superman so that Lois and the marriage is treated as it deserves but then some of your points about Lois rear off into truly misogynist territory. Yikes.

    Also, look, I gotta be honest but I tuned out the minute you tried to push Superman/WW as the “healthier” pairing. Tuned out and groaned. Look, it’s clear that’s what you ship but…the idea that it’s “healier” because Lois will age and die ..a really awful thing to say about relationships and really unfair to Lois. Also, like…to me…there’s legit nothing more healthy about the idea of two super powerful people who are all powerful and beautiful and privileged being together. Lois is just as much a hero as Diana is for modern women and while I encourage challenging the way male writers treat her…this just reads like a SM/WW shipper trying to make a case for his ship but pretend he’s being logical while he does it. It’s not a good post.

    • Thank you for your comment, but please help me understand why you find my points troubling and sexist. I tried to be as fair as possible in crafting this. I kept my sentiment about the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship to a minimum and in hindsight, it might have been best if I had left that out because the point I sought to make involved why I felt the Superman/Lois relationship was heading in a bad direction. It’s a direction that does not embody the strengths of the relationship that have helped carry it, going back to the early days of Action comics.

      Ignoring the Wonder Woman part, why are those points unfounded? I cite instances where Superman’s ideals are basically undercut by the need to save Lois. And I think that’s backwards. Lois complemented those ideals for decades. Now, in more recent years, especially within the movies, she’s his primary reason for doing the right thing and I think that’s not healthy for any relationship, regardless of whether or not one person has god-like power.

      Thanks again for the comment.

      • Deimos Mercury

        You are right. Shouldve left the “batcat is sexier, smww is healthier” bit out, man. You know it would bring in shipper wars and derail the main focus of your article.

      • Bradley

        Thank you for posting this. Trust me when I say there are MANY that share your same thoughts

  10. Rick Tacular

    I love SMWW. I love their friendship, I love their romance, I love that they’re equals, I love how they’re different despite their similarities. I love SMWW!

    I don’t like clois. There was a time where I didn’t mind. I took my SMWW where I could (i.e.: Kingdom Come) and let things be. After SMWW became canon, however, and the SMWW haters became more and more vocal and exceedingly irrational, I came to be unable to separate the character of lois lane to those who would immediately and exclusively scream at the top of their lungs “sexist!” “misogynistic!!” “fauxmance!!!” “toxic!!1!” to not only the concept of SMWW, but people like me who enjoy it. I’m actually a little surprised that claims of “racism”, “homophobia”, etc., aren’t leveled at SMWW and us.

    I don’t understand people who are not satisfied with not only having their way, but must tear down anyone and everyone else who does not fall into lockstep with their way of thinking. And it’s having the opposite effect, to me at the very least. It’s just sad, really. I really don’t have anything more to add except that maybe you clois advocates are not advancing your point of view as effectively as you like to think. Indeed, you put people on the defensive and elicit the most negative responses and in turn the most negative outlook of your subject of adoration. In turn, people respond by pointing out all the negatives of that subject. Its for that reason that I no longer simply don’t mind clois, I actively and outright disdain it. Well done.

    • Stop talking rubbish.

      SMWW fandom IS misogynistic. Almost every time, the arguments of putting SM and WW together involve trashing Lois Lane as a character, telling how inferior she is compared to these “gods”, constantly wishing Lois to die so Clark could bang Diana, hoping Clark to leave Lois for good etc. Take this article for example, an article hid behind good intentions, but all it did was luring Lois haters and SMWW shippers to keep on trashing Lois. Mysogyny.at.best.

      • Rick Tacular

        The dislike of one character who happens to be female does not “misogyny” define. We all love Catwoman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Huntress, Big Barda, *Wonder*Woman*, et al. Just not lois, and especially not now after your brand of advocacy.

        But thanks for proving my point! ^_^

      • Stop talking rubbish.

        Rick. So you think it’s ok to trash an iconic, strong female character just because you think your preferred pairing should bang?

        Thanks for proving my point that SMWW fandom condones misogyny.

      • David Grant Lloyd

        Ah. Using Political Correctness as a weapon when you don’t have a single legitimate argument to stand on. Typical behaviour of the usual braindead Lois Lame troll. Besides, The Clois relationship is 100 times more misogynistic than any other concept in comics because it suggests that a helpless woman needs to be saved by a strong man again and again and again and again and again. So YOU are the actual misogynist around here, supporting misogynist concepts like Clois … (btw you know so little about misogyny you can’t even spell the word. So typical)

      • Stop talking rubbish.

        Correcting my spelling, how superior… Sometimes Lois Lane is written helpless because these writers choose to write her that way to drive Superman but they are wrong. There are flaws I agree.. but instead of pushing the writers to write her better, the same fandom petition to sideline her, kill her, write her off. Sorry but it’s truly disturbing and something is wrong with this kind of thinking.

      • js

        Some of the clois fandom comes across self entitled to the hilt. They can bad mouth and criticize who they want. But no one else can say a word about precious Lois Lane who is a fictional character and is very much open to being liked or disliked like any other character. The fact she is a woman does not mean she has to get special treatment and everyone has to love her. They can find her boring if they want. I am not insecure in my self if someone says they hate Superman and find him irrelevant and boring. And that is said many times. I get he is not every one’s cup of tea. Who says everyone has to love Wonder Woman? Or Batman? Or Flash? Every person has his/her own reasons why they like or dislike a character. Fact it seems much of the wider public have a problem with Superman and Lois Lane as they are written given the reaction to them in the DCEU. Are these people all sexist they did not find them interesting enough to throw their money at them but they are willing to take a chance on even not well known characters another company? Your attacking a fandom on the basis of sexism is evidence that you taking this irrationally and attacking other human beings over a character that did not raise them, pay their bills, did not give them their education, nor defines who they are or what they are.

      • David Grant Lloyd

        Not necessarily “superior” … but it IS ironic (and revealing) that you can’t even spell the very word you’re talking about … and that, let’s face it, is a STRONG sign that you don’t even KNOW what you’re talking about. As far as “disturbing” goes, it’s more disturbing that you bring serious issues like misogyny into a discussion on comic book relationships. If you really cared about serious issues like that you wouldn’t be here talking comics, you’d be in political activism. You’re just using PC as weapon because you’ve got nothing else.

    • Stop talking rubbish.

      JS. The fact that people keep defending Lois shows that she has indeed followers and fans. Do you expect Lois’ fans to stay quiet when she is being mistreated left and right all these years? You let people hate her, but you say defending her is wrong? Hate her all you want, but expect people to come in and call on your bs. And fictional or not, Lois Lane has been my idol and inspiration since I was 10 and I’m sure to many many more women out there. She drives me. She means a lot to me, more than these strangers i bump into via a message board. And sweetie i dont see you calling out the SMWW fandom when they’re attacking Lois and Clark’s fans so I dont think you have the right to call me irrational. (Arent WE ALL irrational though, here fighting over fictional characters, but i am the irrational one?)

    • Stop talking rubbish.

      David. I dont write English a lot since it’s not my first language, hell it’s not even my second. But of course you have to bring spelling over and over to show your supremacy. Really shows the heart of SMWW pairing, being superior than other people.

      • Bradley

        I respectfully agree with David on all points. It has nothing to do with powers. In summary, WW is the embodiment of female, rights and empathy for world. She is supermans equal. Not an inferior. This and countless other reasons make them perfect for each other

  11. David Grant Lloyd

    Great article, Jack. You absolutely nailed it. The Superman/ Lois Lame relationship is pure stagnation (not to mention illogical) and boring. The Superman/ Wonder Woman relationship is 100 times more healthy, fun and exciting.

    • Donovan

      Lois Lame? That’s a childish attack. Lane is a real people’s name and I know they dont appreciate their name being mistreated that way.

  12. Yellow Panda

    Since this is an exclusive previledge to express the mind freely, then I can say that all romance basically the same. But we as an audience always pick a side. For me, Superman and Wonder Woman romance is more acceptable, because even I can see a strong and independent character in her but I still can see a feminine in her. And the statement that strongly independent leading woman cannot be with the man who’s got the same character as hers, it’s a little bias for me. They both have a strong heart to each other. Because Superheroes always committed to their promises.
    Love story still can be provide beautifully if DC agree to make their romance going on. Superman and Wonder Woman character still can be digged and collaborated deeply for their long term relationship.

  13. Lex

    Lois isn’t a crutch, she’s an anchor. Lois keeps Clark human and reminds him what he is fighting for; that goodness withing humanity. You shouldn’t use television, or movie portrayals of Clark or Lois because they’re mostly inconsiderate. Clark and Lois’ relationship is something special, mostly because no other hero has, or is able to have a functional relationship.

    • Js

      Superman is not some floundering ship lost at sea. This is trying to give one love interest so much power to define a character’s entire outlook. Superman anchors himself. Sane people generally can. You’re suggesting again if she was not there he’d be useless or unable to survive. Stop selling him short. This is like saying if Superman was not around Lois would be dead as she could never take care of herself.

  14. Donovan

    Move along folks.. Nothing to see here. Just a click bait to push Superman and Wonder Woman romance agenda.

  15. Furyan

    Good stuff, I always found this about Superman and Lois’s relationship, even though I understand the importance of the character. I do not think their relationship is good, Clark, well before meeting Lois, he was determined, he helped people around the world, his dream was to reveal himself as Superman, and in his spare time to be an investigative reporter, he had strong ideals,
    but after he meets Lois his ideals get lost, his only function on Planet Daily is to watch Lois because he does not work, everything has to spin around her, the writers try to make it important but can not see that it harms Superman, makes it seem that Superman is only a hero when everything is good and comfortable for him and how can someone like that be a symbol of Hope?
    Always have to turn Clark into an idiot for their relationship to make sense.
    And for those who say that Clark and Diana only relate to their powers, you do not know the characters, Clark has always had a great admiration for Diana, for her ideals, her compassion and her character, if they only relate to her powers then you’re saying the same about all the other Superhero couples, “Aquaman and Mera.Bunny and Raven. Blackhawk and Hawkwoman, Lord Miracle and Big Bard,” among several others from DC and Marvel.

  16. Ken Chang

    I enjoyed this article and agree with a lot of the points in it. I like Lois Lane, but her story has gotten old, and I don’t think it needs to be told over and over again. Oh and I didn’t like Superman turning into a tyrant after Lois died either. He would have been devastated. But then he would have recovered and moved on.

  17. Robenson

    It is truly ironic what’s considered as the most iconic pairing is also the most dysfunctional one. Then again some go along with it because it’s been around a long time. Makes sense, right?

    I’ve always preferred the Superman and Wonder Woman pairing because, to me, that is a relationship of equals in more ways than one.

  18. Js

    I find Lois and Supermans’s romance underwhelming. Batcat definitely works more for theirs and Superman and Wonder Woman also has what neither SMLL or BMCW has, the foundation of friendship knitting their romance. Superman and Lois as you say are just lumped together for sake of tradition and to this day I just see what’s so special about them. They are lazy and rather out dated story telling given the current superhero landscape and changing troupes. Him constantly needing to carry and save Lois is boring.But worse is how DC suggests he forgets his morals and principles if he can’t be with her. I feel also Superman is a character that lacks true growth and challenge so he is diluted down to Lois grounds him. So lazy and uninspired.

  19. Tigerpuffs

    Codependency is toxic in any relationship, not just superhero ones. To make another person the foundation for your emotional well-being rather than a supportive partner is always going to be destructive if that person is lost. The writers of Injustice wanted to explore the idea of Superman as a tyrant and how that would play out. It is definitely not cannon. They used a crowbar and a sledgehammer to make that happen. I don’t believe that cannon Superman would react like that if his Lois was killed, even in a such a manner. Using the Truth storyline as an example is equally invalid. By Convergence, it was obvious that the directors at DC had ready determined to do away with the N52 era, and its Superman specifically. Superman: Lois and Clark came out later that year, and everything that happened to Nuperman after Convergence was designed to wear down his Kryptonian ability to recover, break him apart from Diana, destroy his credibility with the world so that Rebirth Superman could take his place and relationships could be reset to status quo.

    I recently had an opportunity to chat with Thomasi briefly at a convention and he told me that there are always battles going on behind the scenes that we aren’t aware of, between what writers might want to do and the direction DC wants to go. So I don’t blame the writers for getting stuck with a plot they are struggling write well, especially if it’s something that seems totally out of character, much like the Truth arc seemed to me. That was such an opportunity for Clark the reporter to shine and it ended up being such a disappointment instead, with him being written as little more than a sullen thug for most of it.

    As to which relationship is ‘better’, I can see pros to both. Saying that Diana is a better match because of her physical power levels is like saying I have to be as physically strong and capable as my husband to be a good match for him. It’s disingenuous, and a fallacious argument. Both Lois and Diana have long histories of being crusaders for truth and justice, and that makes either a valid prospect.

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  22. Strejda

    As much as I am not a fan of “Lois dies, Superman goes crazy” stories, this article seems to miss how these stories come together. Superman doesn’t actually go evil or whatevs because dies, he goes evil cause writers want to write that story and killing her and saying that does it is just an excuse. Making Wonder Woman permanent girlfriend doesn’t change that, writers would just eventually start killing her off.
    As for Wonder Woman not being defined by Supes, the experience has taught us otherwise. Sure, in her book she’ll just be herself, but as the New 52 showed, once you put the together, her character absolutely becomes subservenient to him in ways his never is to her. And while Lois should of course be independent character defined beyond her role as the love interest, she was in the end created for Superman’s sake to serve as such, so that kind of thing is to an extent excusable for her, not for someone who is meant to be not just a supeheroine in her own right, but a major franchise header. You can argue none of that is inherent, but that is just as true as your issues with Lois.

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