For a generation of comic book movie fans, Margot Kidder was Lois Lane alongside the late Christopher Reeve’s Man of Steel in four Superman movies. Even 40 years after director Richard Donner’s Superman, Kidder and Reeve are widely considered to be the best versions of Lois Lane and Clark Kent. That was something that Kidder carried with her for the rest of her life.
Kidder passed away over the weekend, but in one of her final interviews, she clearly defined why her Superman movies have withstood the test of time.
In 2016, Kidder spoke with HeyUGuys about her role in the Superman films. She also explained why fans keep coming back to her cinematic adventures with Reeve.
“They always go back because that film was better-written and -directed,” said Kidder. “They go back to them because they were so much truer to the comic books. Kids learn the morality tale of Jesus in a way; a guy away from his dad, floundering around on Earth and is this purely good person. Superman responds to women by saving them, saves the children, and beats up the bad guys, if you will.”
Kidder also offered up her thoughts on why the modern Superman films have failed to recapture some of the same magic.
“My guess is what happened is when they decided to hit the demographic of the millennials in the later films,” Kidder offered. “I think the directors were good, the actors were good, but the basic approach wasn’t there.”
While Kidder clearly thought highly of Amy Adams, she was critical of Lois’ recent portrayal.
“They took one of the best American actresses around, Amy Adams, and didn’t give her anything to do! I mean, how stupid is that? They made her what used to be the girlfriend, which kind of ended in the '60s with women’s rights.”
Kidder’s Lois Lane captured the heart of that character, and that role will be her everlasting legacy among comic book fans. Superhero reboots will come and go, but that version of Superman and Lois will be celebrated for decades to come.