By Henry Cavill as told to Amy Spencer
Superman and I have a lot in common. I really want to protect the people I love, and I really try to do the right thing at all times. Sometimes I’m going to mess up your life, but my intentions are to try to be as helpful as possible.
I suppose that’s the reality of all relationships: Sometimes you let the person you love down, and sometimes they let you down. It’s the “I love you regardless” thing that makes a relationship real.
The Superman and Lois Lane relationship is complicated. He has the weight of the whole world on his shoulders. And there is the rather overwhelming fact that he’s a superpowered alien! But their relationship is also honest, because in Man of Steel Lois knows Clark Kent is Superman from the very beginning—and that’s where it differs a little from the comic books. This time around, Lois knows exactly who he is. And I don’t think the secret of him being Superman affects their relationship; I think they’re way beyond that.
Superman and Lois are both extraordinary individuals. Lois Lane is an incredibly intense journalist who can probably be considered quite abrasive by some of her peers who don’t have the same hunger and drive. And Superman’s a very unique individual with an incredible soul and an incredible heart. They are exceptional individuals who rub off on each other. To be with anyone else would probably be rather boring.
I think Superman is who he is because of the incredible women in his life, the Loises who have made him even more extraordinary than his genetic makeup. Lois is an essential balancing point for Superman. Her strength is she treats him as normal. She’s not afraid to say no to him. She’s not going to let his superpowers get in the way. It’s important for Clark to have a person at home who can balance him out and be his tie to humanity.
They still go through ups and downs. They have fights. He lets her down, and she lets him down. It’s like normal everyday life, but in a slightly larger arena than your average relationship. They probably have some similarities to anyone in the armed forces: You have these men and women who do extraordinary things for their country. But supporting the other person is a Herculean effort, and providing a safe place to come home to is also extraordinary.