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Real Identity: Lois Joanne Lane
Appearances (STAS): The Last Son of Krypton Part Two, Part Three, Fun and Games, A Little Piece of Home, Feeding Time, The Way of All Flesh, Stolen Memories, The Main Man Part One, My Girl, Tools of the Trade, The Prometheon, Blasts From the Past Part One, Part Two, Livewire, Speed Demons, Identity Crisis, Target, Action Figures, Mxyzpixilated, Double Dose, Solar Power, Monkey Fun, Brave New Metropolis, Ghost in the Machine, World's Finest Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Hand of Fate, Father's Day, Bizarro's World, Prototype, The Late Mr. Kent, Apokolips...Now! Part One, Part Two, Little Girl Lost Part One, Part Two, Where There's Smoke, Little Big Head Man, In Brightest Day..., Superman's Pal, A Fish Story, The Demon Reborn, Legacy Part One and Part Two
Appearances (TNBA): Double Talk
Appearances (JL/U): Only a Dream Part Two, A Better World Part One, Part Two, Hereafter Part One, Clash, Question Authority, Divided We Fall and Destroyer
Appearances (JLI Comics): The Mirror Crack'd, The Mirror Crack'd Part Two, The Mirror Crack'd Part Three, and The Mirror Crack'd Part Seven
Voiced By: Dana Delany and Mae Whitman
Lois Lane is the Daily Planet's star reporter. She's a savy, stubborn and sly newswoman. Lane strives to be appreciated solely for her brains and hard, quality work. As a reporter, she's a complete professional, never biasing her stories or slinging mud. Though she takes big risks to get a story, they are always calculated. Despite this, Lane is known as a danger magnet. She once dated Lex Luthor and garners homicidal stalkers like Edward Lytener or the garden variety super villains.
Growing up, Lois Lane and her family moved from state to state. Sam Lane, her father, was a military officer. At age eight, Lane lost her pet monkey Titano. Lane watched the launch of Titano into space and the horrifying accident. Since then, she built up an emotional wall and became an independent woman. After high school, she moved to Metropolis and worked at the Daily Planet.
When Superman first appeared in Metropolis, Lane couldn't help but be a little suspicious. Is he for real? Is he really as good as he seems? What does he really want here on Earth? Lane dubbed the mysteryious hero as Superman and later befriended him. She also met a new co-worker named Clark Kent. The more Lane witnessed Superman's exploits, the more she believed his intentions were genuine. Together, they built up a relationship and mutual affection for each other over the years.
Professor Hamilton, of STAR Labs, was experimenting with Superman's Phantom Zone Projector technology with Lane present. A malfunction occured and Lane found herself in a parallel universe. In this universe, their Lois Lane died in a car explosion engineered by Intergang. The parallel universe's Superman was emotionally scarred and made the decision to team up with Lex Luthor to create a more stable order in Metropolis. Luthor, of course, deceived Superman and turned Metropolis into an authoritative model that suppressed the people. Our Lois Lane appealed to Superman and made him realize what he'd done. The two Superman's briefly met when Lois Lane was returned.
Lois Lane even dated Bruce Wayne for awhile. Wayne Tech partnered with LexCorp to design top of the line technology but were at odds with the application of it. As the romance continued, Lane considered a transfer to the Daily Planet's Gotham City bureau. She discovered Wayne's secret and decided to end the relationship. Despite being on the verge of the story of the century, she respected Wayne and kept his secret a secret.
When Superman went rogue under Darkseid's control, Lois Lane was one of the few people that suspected something wasn't right. She jogged Superman's memory and barely dodged a Kryptonite warhead. The federal government took Superman and Supergirl into custody and remained mum about any further details. Lane used her father's connections in the Pentagon to infiltrate the facility holding the heroes. She helped free Superman before a lethal Kryptonite injection could be administered. Lois Lane stood behind Superman and encouraged him to start over and repair his image.
After the formation of the Justice League, Lane and Superman rarely conversed. However, when they did have the chance, the sparks of romance were still apparent. Lane became concerned with the League's growing pro-active stance. She warned Superman about the dangers of the greater good and holding onto the people's trust. After Lex Luthor and Brainiac was defeated, Clark Kent noticed she was still at her desk typing up her article. He was surprised she was going easy on Superman. She remarked he was "only human." Kent agreed. Years later, while on a dinner date with Superman, Lane heard about the big battle between Granny Goodness, Kalibak, and the League at the Metrotower. She felt bad for Flash having to clean up on his birthday, but Superman assured her it only took 7.5 seconds. She didn't want to hear anymore work talk and they toasted. Suddenly, Superman was replaced with an alternate version who angrily demanded to know what she did to him. She was terrified of how evil seemed to radiate from him.
The symbol on Overman's chest matched one she saw on another doppelganger of Superman. He countered she reminded him of a reporter who stuck her nose where it didn't belong, betrayed the Great Leader, and paid with her life. She was confused and asked where Superman was. Overman had no idea who Superman was but they realized they switched places on their planets. He recalled the Great Leader often observed that every crisis provides a significant opportunity, in this case, a new world to conquer. Lane heard enough and brandished a Kryptonite Gun that Superman gave her as a failsafe. Overman was amused and compared her to an annoying insect. She countered having heard so many times people have said that and tried to conquer her world only to be stopped by Superman. She blasted Overman with enough Kryptonite rays to put him in a coma-like state for a few days. To her horror, he laughed and was unharmed. She dropped to her knees, let the gun go, and held out her arm as a shield in vain. She could feel the heat from his eyes blistering her skin but he suddenly stopped and flew out into the city. She alerted the Metro Tower.
J'onn J'onzz, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Shayera Hol, Batman, Vixen, and Green Lantern took Overman to the Watchtower with Lois Lane. Lane interrogated Overman about Superman's location and who was behind the cosmic disturbance. Overman insisted J'onn J'onzz knew he had nothing to do with it after probing his mind and asked why he was being held prisoner. Batman pointed out he attacked Metropolis and announced his intent to conquer the world. Overman broke out of his prison and declared he was superior to all but was quickly taken down. Overman was overcome with panic when he made eye contact with J'onn J'onzz, who threatened more telepathic invasion, and surrendered. Lane suspected Overman could be hiding something and speculated they could be on the cusp of a Nazi invasion of their world. Batman assured her J'onn was thorough. J'onn told Lane her loss was clouding her vision. Lane assumed he read her mind. He stated he read her heart. She knew he was right and she lost her objectivity and compassion.
They discussed the dimensional overlap and people switching places between universes. Lane was then witness to Wonder Woman's disappearance and everyone's reactions. Lane noticed the quiet rage in Batman's eyes and Shayera react to Lantern and Vixen holding each other tightly and wondered if that was hurt or jealousy in her eyes. In the hangar bay, Atom and Mr. Terrific presented the newly completed Infinity-1 Javelin. Lane thought it made its predecessors look like toys by comparison. From the monitor room, she watched the launch with growing anxiety. Atom assured her the Justice League always came back. She knew it was bravado on his part, but his words still gave her comfort nonetheless. They watched in horror as Amazo II's Anti-Life arrived and destroyed their universe. Batman and Wonder Woman managed to unleash the Life Equation and restored the Multiverse back to the way it was before the crisis. At a small celebration on the Watchtower, Superman and Lane spoke to J'onn J'onzz. After he bid them farewell, he turned invisible and left the party.
Lois Lane was still surprised by the vanishing act. Superman pointed out he was a green man from Mars capable of reading minds and shape shifting yet the invisibility was what shook her. Lane suggested they go to her place for dinner since their last date didn't go as planned. Superman guessed Overman was swept back to his world in Earth-X. She wondered if he could ever change since at his core, he was Superman.