DC Comics Makes Lois Lane a Young Adult Heroine

Lois Lane has been a part of the Superman mythos from the very beginning. In every Superman adaptation for film or TV, there’s always been a Lois Lane. She’s even headlined her own comic book for 16 years in Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane. And now Lois is about to once again come to the forefront.

As initially reported by DC Women Kicking Ass, DC and Switch Press have announced plans to use Lois Lane as the leading character for a new series of Young Adult novels beginning in May 2015. YA novelist Gwenda Bond (The Woken Gods) is writing Lois Lane Lane: Fallout, which will take place when Lois is a teenager who has just moved to Metropolis. But according to the novel’s official description, Superman may not be entirely absent from this story.

“Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over–and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight.

As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy “

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This isn’t the first time a comic company has tried to tap into the Young Adult market. Marvel has previously authorized YA novels about She-Hulk and Rogue through Hyperion Press.

But as with anything, the name of the game is money. If DC and Warner Bros. obviously believe that a Lois Lane series of novels can be profitable. The question is whether this familiar character can achieve breakout success in the YA market.

If Lois Lane: Fallout is successful, don’t be too shocked if Warner Bros. and DC look into adapting it to live action films or television. That’s usually the endgame for YA adaptations, so why should this be any different?