Bryan Singer's'Superman Returns' flies onto the big screen today, and the one thing even Supes can't escape are comparisons to Richard Donner's 1978 original 'Superman,' widely recognized as one of the best superhero movies ever made. Rather than ignore the similarities and differences, I am going to embrace them -- with a series of head-to-head showdowns between the film's three most famous characters -- Lois Lane, Lex Luthor and (of course) Superman/Clark Kent -- and their 1978 counterparts. Today, Lois Lane 2006 (Kate Bosworth) gets in the ring with Lois Lane 1978 (Margot Kidder) -- and rest assured that a whole lot more than 28 years separates these two ladies. Below, I compare them in four essential categories.
BEAUTY: Superman is an admitted alien, so if Lois is going to be the object of his affection, it goes without saying that she has to be out-of-this-world hot. And while Margot Kidder's Lois is cute and quirky, I've never felt that she was quite good enough in the looks department for the Man of Steel. Bosworth, on the other hand, had me before "hello." Advantage: Bosworth
PERSONALITY: While the Bos is an undisputed superbabe, her Lois is no match for the Kidder when it comes to spunk and sense of humor. Now, this has a lot to do with the fact that Bosworth is Supes' abandoned lover in 'Superman Returns,' so she and Kal-El don't exactly fall into a comfortable rhythm straight off the bat. But Kidder remains true to her name, always quick with a quip and word-for-word Superman's equal in the witty banter department. Advantage: Kidder
STRENGTH: Kidder proves that it takes more than an earthquake to kill her in 'Superman' and even beats the crap out of a Kryptonian female in 'Superman II.' Bosworth's Lois, on the other hand, spends most of the movie being knocked unconscious -- that is, until she totally redeems herself with one super act of courage. Advantage: Tie
JOURNALISTIC PROWESS: Bosworth's Lois has a Pulitzer -- and is a single mom. Kidder's Lois: no kid, no Pulitzer. Advantage: Bosworth
AND THE WINNER IS ... Kate Bosworth's Lois Lane (2006)
*Come back tomorrow for the Battle of the Lexes.*