Relationship of Clark Kent and Lois Lane

Clark Kent and Lois Lane are among the best known fictional couples. Both characters debuted in the DC Comics publication Action Comics #1 (June 1938), and have remained in a complicated relationship ever since.

The couple's relationship was based for a long time in a love triangle, in which Clark was interested in Lois, who was taken with Superman. Clark, unable to reveal to Lois that his mild-mannered demeanor was a ruse, was unable to compete for Lois' affection, the irony being he was his own rival seeing that Clark and Superman are the same person. Following John Byrne's The Man of Steel re-boot, Clark's character became not only the more dominant personality of the Clark Kent/Superman character, but also more outgoing, aggressive, and assertive (more in line with George Reeves' portrayal on Adventures of Superman). This allowed a more natural romance to develop between Lois and Clark.

Finally, Clark proposes to Lois and decides to reveal his identity as Superman to Lois, and so they began a long engagement which was complicated by the death of Superman, a breakup and several problems. At last, in 1996 Lois and Clark got married and Superman: The Wedding Album was released. The event was also made to coincide with the wedding of Clark and Lois on the television series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

In the television series Smallville, the series' focus began with a teenager Clark Kent, who was just learning to balance the demands of his superpowers with his desire to lead a normal ordinary life. Despite the fact that Lois Lane is Clark Kent's love interest in almost every Superman incarnation, in Smallville, Clark's affection on the series began with Lana Lang, his childhood crush in canon. Lois Lane' character was introduced in the fourth season of the series as Chloe Sullivan cousin. The producers of the show were constrained to limit the usage of the relationship between Clark and Lois, and in the Lois Lane character in general. Only in the late seasons a romantic interaction between Clark and Lois began to develop. Although there did tend to be anvils foreshadowing Clark and Lois' future romances woven throughout their interactions from the moment Lois was introduced on the series. Clark gradually started to fall in love with Lois and realized that she is the one for him and eventually reveals his alien origin to Lois. In the final season of the series Clark proposed to Lois and she accepted. Their wedding ceremony occurred in the series finale, only to be interrupted by the coming of Darkseid and his planet Apokolips. Clark defeated the evil entity and saved the world and finally becomes Superman. A flash forward to the future depicts Clark and Lois working as reporters at the Daily Planet and still trying to find the right time to get married.

In practically in all of Superman's incarnations, Lois Lane, despite being a brilliant woman and an ace reporter, is unable to see through Clark's thin disguise of mere glasses and discern that he is Superman. Despite being the character that is most up close and personal with both Superman and Clark Kent. This contradiction is sometimes explored, but more often ignored unless it makes for a good joke or plot development.

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