Clark Kent knows a good scoop when he sees it. And Lois Lane will uncover each layer of a story until reaching its core. They’re investigative journalists, and they’re good at what they do.
These important aspects of the two leads are not lost in Snyder’s Man of Steel – and later in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The two are shown to be competent journalists, who ask the right questions and know where to look to uncover the truth.
Lois Lane is featured heavily in Man of Steel. And her identity as a pulitzer prize-winning reporter is forefront. Audiences aren’t only told Lois is a good reporter in the film, they are shown it through her actions and writing. Her introductory scene sets up the type of character and writer she is; the kind of journalist who gets writer’s block when she’s “not wearing a flak jacket.” She knows the law, too, and uses it to gain access to the makeshift U.S. Air Force base on Canadian soil when she thinks they are trying to hide something from the world.
But even before Lois goes toe to toe ideologically with Colonel Nathan Hardy early in the film, we are given a glimpse into the investigative talents of the man behind the Man of Steel. While working at a bar in Canada, he overhears two members of the Canadian military talking about strange going ons nearby. His instincts kick in. And after using a groper’s truck as a pincushion, he himself is embedded as a simple loader at Arctic Cargo to gain access to the alien ship. Though his investigative abilities don’t come to full fruition until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition, the seeds of his mind are sewn early on in his origin film.
Yet more of Lois’s curiosity and investigative heart is seen when she follows Clark onto the ship. Though she almost gets herself killed in the process, she did what any good journalist would – chase a good lead.
Even after her near-death experience, and to the chagrin of her editor (another article could be written about Perry White not being the best of editors), her curiosity won’t let her stop until she uncovers the truth about who this man was that saved his life. Viewers watch as she interviews person after person, methodically connecting the dots on her way to the source of the tales of wonder she’s heard, until she meets Superman face to face at the gravestone of his father.
But she is also a journalist with a heart. She had the story, and she found the identity behind the hero. But after interviewing Clark and uncovering his reasons for staying anonymous, she drops it. She doesn’t want to put a man in the limelight who has actively tried to stay out of it. That is, until it is forced upon them.
Though the investiative aspects of the character give way to the action setpieces near the end of the film, Lois’s ability to uncover the truth is as a whole, given its time in the sun for most of the film.
This is a different, more tenacious Lois in Man of Steel than other iterations of the character. This is a Lois who is more concerned with asking Superman who he is and why he is surrendering to Zod than wondering if he can tell what color underwear she has on (hint: in this film, it’s probably not pink).
At the end of the film we are given the reason why Clark becomes a journalist, “I gotta find a job where I can keep my ear to the ground. Where people won’t look twice when I want to go somewhere dangerous and start asking questions.” Clark has an innate sense for uncovering the truth, which is why he chose the profession of Journalism.
In the next installment covering Batman v Superman, we get to watch both Lois and Clark flex their journalistic abilities throughout the film. Check out Journalism 201: The Truth, No Matter The Cost.