Because it is celebrate-a-superhero-day today somewhere in the world (Niagara Falls to be exact) I have dedicated this post to one of my favourite subjects.
I have made no secret of the fact that I’m a bit of a nerd and this certainly extends to the fictional worlds and incredibly cool superheroes of DC and Marvel comics. I buy into these worlds and often imagine what reality would be like if superheroes actually did exist? I’ve dreamt up the type of superwoman I would want to be and I’ve taken note of best and worst dressed in the costume department. In all of my musings related to this topic, I’ve come to the conclusion that as cool as it would be to be one of the heroes with the tricky gadgets or extraterrestrial powers, I would much rather be the Lois Lane of the story. Apart from the obvious appeal of being married to Superman, perhaps my affinity with her is the realist in me (who I often try to silence) coming through.
Nobody’s perfect and Lois Lane’s character traits do include stubbornness and delusions of invincibility with a touch of clouded judgment due to being a little starry-eyed when it comes to the man of steel. However, these traits are also her strengths when faced with adversity – her belief in her own abilities and her faith that Superman will always be there to catch her if she falls.
Erica Durance’s portrayal of this classic heroine in Smallville is my favourite depiction of her. Unafraid to show her sensuality, soft enough to care deeply for others, intelligent enough to climb the corporate ladder all the while standing loyally by Clark Kent’s side as he finds his place in the world. She nurtures his talents and saves his life on more than one occasion. That this powerless girl can save the life of an almost invincible man time and time again, with love and with understanding and the occasional badass fight sequence, is a testament to women being able to do anything they put their minds to.
The idea that she’s a super human of sorts even sans any real power or privilege and that she fights injustice while remaining beautiful and vulnerable and at the same time intelligent, ambitious and successful makes me think she’s a pretty perfect role model. If my daughter came to me and said she wanted to be Lois Lane when she grew up, I think I’d be pretty okay with that.