Lois Lane may not even be IN Zack Snyder's Superman reboot

With the recent announcement that Henry Cavill was cast as the new Superman in Zack Snyder's Superman: Man of Steel, there's been speculation as to who should be his Lois Lane. However, it appears that Warner Brothers is looking for a leading lady in Supe's life that is NOT our intrepid reporter—meaning there's a possibility that Miss Lane may not even be IN the movie.

Variety reports (you may need to register to read the story) that the studio is looking at a short list of three actresses to fill the role of an as-yet-undisclosed female lead character that they claim is not Lois Lane.

The three actresses in the running for that role are Alice Eve (She's Out of My League), Diane Kruger (Troy, National Treasure, Inglourious Basterds) and Rosamund Pike (Pride and Prejudice, Doom, Barney's Version).

Which now begs the question: Which Superman character, other than Lois Lane, can this female lead possibly be? Could it be Lana Lang—Clark Kent's first love? Could it be his super-cousin Kara, aka Supergirl?

Now we hope that it doesn't mean that Lois Lane will be completely out of Man of Steel. After all, the movie is about Superman and not Superboy. It's called Superman: Man of Steel, not Superboy: I'm Learning About Who I Am And What My Powers Are.

Perhaps Snyder and the WB may actually be looking for TWO female leads and are looking at this "undisclosed" one first and they don't want to spread word about Lois Lane just yet? Or maybe it's all smoke and mirrors and these actresses ARE on the short list for Lois Lane? It's possible. To have a film about Superman without Lois Lane would just be just plain wrong. Right?

So what do you think? Do you think it's possible for Lois Lane NOT to be in Superman: Man of Steel? And which character do you think these actresses may be in the running for?

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