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Amy Adams Is Wayyy Too Old To Play Lois Lane

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The internet is all abuzz over the announcement that 36-year-old Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams will play Lois Lane in Zach Snyder's upcoming "Superman: Man of Steel" movie, due to her nine-year age difference from co-star Henry Cavill.

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In all fairness, that's exactly what people said about Sir Ben Kingsley making out with Mary-Kate Olsen in The Wackness when he was 64 and she was 22. And I'm sure you all remember the outrage over Kevin Spacey and Mena Suvari's 20-year age difference in American Beauty (and the universal disgust with the 26-year age difference between Woody Allen and Mariel Hemingway in Manhattan, Woody Allen and most of his female co-stars in any movie, etc.). So when you think about those examples, it really doesn't seem like much of a double standard at all!

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Fortunately, a few people are speaking out in defense of the casting choice, such as comics writer Mark Millar, who tweeted:

"Can I just say that Amy Adams as Lois is inspired casting? She's the best big-name actress of her generation and Lois SHOULD be in her thirties."

"[Lois] won a Pulitzer and [had] kind of given up on guys by the time she meets Superman," Millar continued "She can't be a 25-year-old. She needs to be formidable and Donner got this when he cast 30-something Kidder opposite 24-year-old Reeve. It's why ['Superman Returns' actress] Kate Bosworth didn't work."

It should also be noted that the most iconic pair of actors to play Superman and Lois Lane, were Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder — who was four years older than Reeve at the time.

So is this just a case of cultural bias against "older" women dating younger men? Maybe. Or perhaps people are just afraid that the age difference will turn the entire film into a box-office dud, just as it did with this colossal waste of 106 minutes, am I right folks?

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CassandraSays
CassandraSays

Amy Adams is all wrong for this part, but not because she's in her 30s (she's the correct age for the part she's playing). She's all wrong for it because she's far too sweet and charming and generally likeable. Lois Lane is a successful reporter - she's supposed to be tough and ambitious and a little prickly. She's not "cute". "Cute" does not succeed in that environment. Also, Clark is supposed to be visibly intimadated by her - she's quite clearly the boss in their relationship when he's in Clark Kent mode. Who's intimidated by Amy Adams?

She's just too sweet, basically. If they were going for that particular look, Rachel McAdams would be much better - she's tougher and more imposing in personality. For this role you want a woman who's capable of intimidating the hell out of the men around her. That's really, really not Amy Adams.