The CW Conclave: Who should play Lois Lane in the Arrowverse crossover?

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Lois Lane will make her debut on The CW in this year’s Arrowverse crossover event. But who should play the iconic reporter?

Batwoman (Ruby Rose) won’t be the only hero to join The CW’s Arrowverse in this winter’s fifth annual crossover. As was announced last week, iconic Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane will also be making her debut, alongside her boyfriend Superman (Tyler Hoechlin).

Clark Kent, aka Kal-El, was introduced to the Arrowverse at the beginning of Supergirl‘s second season in 2016. The crossover will mark his first time meeting The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), though.

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According to Deadline, the Man of Steel will appear in all three hours of the crossover. As of now, it’s unclear how big of a role Lois will have. However, given that she will presumably be introduced by Superman, she may be appearing as early as the first episode.

Casting for Lois is a bit complicated. Her younger sister Lucy had a recurring role in Supergirl‘s first season and was portrayed by Jenna Dewan. Dewan was in her mid-thirties but was Lucy was seemingly meant to be in her late twenties.

As the older sister, Lois could presumably be in her early thirties. Furthermore, Hoechlin is only 30, so it would make sense for the actress playing Lois to be around that age. Technically, Clark should actually be in his late thirties. He’s supposed to be about twelve years older than Kara, aka Supergirl, (Melissa Benoist). But Supergirl cast who they cast, and Hoechlin has done a great job.

With all that mind, I have exclusively chosen actresses in their early thirties. But I have not exclusively chosen actresses who look like Dewan. Dewan is white. General Sam Lane (Glenn Morshower), their father who also appeared in Supergirl‘s first season, is white. Lois is white in the comics. However, I don’t The CW should limit its options because of that.

It’s 2018, after all. The focus should be on finding the right person for the job and not on matching what’s previously been implied about Lois’ race. In all likelihood, Lucy and Sam won’t appear in the Arrowverse again. However, Lois very well could, given her iconic status, which is all the more reason for The CW to widen its casting pool. Here are six actresses I’d love to see play Lois.

6. Tasya Teles

Teles is already a CW star. Since 2015, she has played Echo on the post-apocalyptic drama The 100. Echo can’t exactly be called a fan favorite. Given that she betrayed Skaikru multiple times in earlier seasons, she has remained a pretty controversial character. Many viewers love her, though, and Teles’ nuanced portrayal has definitely made her sympathetic and admirable.

What can definitively be said about Echo is that she’s an excellent warrior and a fierce leader. Lois probably won’t do any fighting in the crossover, but she will be working hard as a journalist. If recent years have proven anything, it’s that journalists need to be tough to get to the truth. Enter Teles as Lois.

5. Lea Michele

Fox’s Glee may have actually been the single biggest training ground for the Arrowverse. So far, we’ve seen Sebastian Smythe as The Flash, Marley Rose as Supergirl and Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) as Music Meister. Why not add Rachel Berry as Lois Lane?

Like Echo, Michele’s Rachel is a pretty polarizing character among fans. Rachel could certainly be arrogant and rather “extra” at times, which viewers tend to harp on. However, Rachel was also vulnerable, compassionate, and incredibly brave. Michele doesn’t get nearly enough credit for making Rachel a complex character.

Given how complex Lois is, assuming The CW does her justice, Michele would be a great pick to play tenacious reporter. Unfortunately, Lois probably won’t have a reason to sing in the crossover. Then again, Kara sang at Barry and Iris’ (Candice Patton) wedding during last year’s crossover, so you never know.