Love Interest
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Full Name

Lana Lang

Alias

None

Origin

Superman

Occupation

Student

Powers/Skills

None

Hobby

Spending time with Clark

Goals

None

Type of Love Interest

Teenage Love Interest

Lana Lang was Clark Kent's adolescent love interest and later the love interest of pre-crisis Superboy (Still Clark, not to be confused with Kal-El & Lex Luthor's son via cloning) in the Superman comics. She is one of 4 of Superman's major love interests, along with Lois Lane, Lori Lemaris and Wonder Woman.

Biography

Pre-Crisis (Earth-One)

In the Earth-One continuity, Lana Lang was introduced in 1950 as a love interest to Superboy (Superboy #10), essentially taking the place that Lois Lane had in his adult life. At times, she took her own superheroic identity, Insect Queen. In 1952, the character was introduced as an adult (Superman #78), having moved to Metropolis to become atelevision reporter, and became a major competitor to Lois Lane for Superman's affections. This love-triangle was the focus of many stories during the 1950S and '60s, but cooled in later decades. Lana eventually becomes romantically involved with the alien superhero Vartox.

Post-Crisis

In the revised continuity, Lana has been shown to now know Superman's secret identity as an adult, him having willingly revealed his powers to her in adolescence.  In the initial new origin in 1986, in which Clark's history as Superboy was removed, they are shown as lifelong friends. Although she loved him, he viewed her only platonically. This origin was revised twice. In the 2003-04 Birthright origin, they are shown to have been in a relationship. This is retained in the 2009-10 Secret Origins story in which Clark once again became Superboy, but only for adventures with the Legion of Superheroes, never publically.

In the Post-Crisis continuity, Lana never plays a role as a major love interest in Clark's adulthood. She eventually marries her and Clark's childhood friend Pete Ross (who does not know his identity, whereas Pre-Crisis it was he knew while she did not). Pete becomes vice president under Lex Luthor and, after Luthor is impeached, the president, making Lana the first lady. She and Pete have a son, named Clark. The two eventually divorce, and Lana begins to show interest in Clark again, despite him being married to Lois Lane

The New 52

In the latest continuity, Lana still knows Superman's identity as an adult. She and Clark shared a romantic interest, if never a relationship, as youths. Lana now works as an electrical engineer, and it is suggested Clark may still have felings for her.

Other Versions

Earth-Two

In the early 1980s, it was shown that Lana Lang had a counterpart on Earth-Two. This version moved to Metropolis at an early age and did not grow up with Clark Kent. She later joins him at the Daily Star as a television critic. She becomes the Insect Queen as an adult, aiding Superman in times of need.

The Dark Knight Returns

Lana is also a character in  the alternative-universe story The Dark Knight Returns. She's a spokeswoman for tougher penalties on criminal activity and Batman's strongest supporter. It's unknown how her relationship with Superman has transpired, though due to the grim nature of the story she may resent him for turning her down and becoming government muscle.

In Other Media

Superman Film Series

Lana appears in the 1978 film Superman (played by Diane Sherry), as a cheerleader Clark Kent had a crush on in high school. She then appears as an adult in Superman III (played by Annette O'Toole), reconnecting with Clark after a high school reunion. The two spend much time together, and a potential romance is teased (even though Superman had sworn off Earthly romance in the previous film). Unlike Lois Lane in the films, her interest was in Clark Kent, not Superman.

Superboy TV Series

Lana appears in the 1961 television pilot The Adventures of Superboy (played by Bunny Henning).

Lana was the primary love interest in the TV series Superboy, later retitled The Adventures of Superboy, from 1988-1992 (played by Stacey Haiduk). She was a lifelong friend of Clark Kent, and the two went to Shuster college together. In the final episode, Lana learns of Superboy's identity, and the two profess their love for each other, but their memories of these events are soon wiped.

Lois ad Clark

Lana appeared in one 1996 episode of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (played by Emily Procter). This is by far the character's most negative portrayal. She is referenced as an old high school girlfriend of Clark's who has more or less invited herself to his nad Lois' wedding, making Lois uncomfortable. Lois then enters an alternate universe where Clark has never debuted as Superman and is engaged to Lana, who has encouraged him to keep his powers from the world. Lois aids Clark in becoming Superman, and he and Lana break up. Upon returning to her own world, Lois is no longer threatened, having seen how wrong for Clark Lana is.

Smallville

Lana Lang (Smallville)

Man of Steel

Lana appears as a child in the 2013 film Man of Steel, and has a cameo as an adult in the 2016 sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Gallery

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Romances

Clark Kent/Superman

Lana and Clark

Lana was Clark's childhood friend. The two shared a mutal attraction for each other throughout their youth. They drifted apart sometime after finishing school, though they stay friends. Lana knows that Clark and Superman are the same person but keeps his secret.

In the Smallville television series, Clark carries a torch for Lana and the relationship is played as one-sided for the most part. Clark also has a habit of stumbling around Lana, due to the fact that she wears a shard of kryptonite around her neck. Clark and Lana eventually come together, but after a series of problems both within and without the relationship, they split up.

Pete Ross

Pete was friends with both Lana and Clark (though he was portrayed as a bully at first in Man of Steel). He had and Lana had a slight attraction during their school years, but this was eclipsed by Clark. Sometime after Clark leaves Smallville, the two become close and eventually get married.

Love Rivals

Lois Lane

Lana and Lois

In the Silver Age comics, Lana was a recurring character who frequently butted heads with Lois over Superman's affections. The two would wind up in various situations that put them in competition, such as the time Superman was turned into a baby and they tried nurturing him into loving one of them unconditionally.

The modernized version of Lana is less competitive with Lois, though there is still a barrier between them caused by Superman's secret identity.

DC Love Interest

Superman
Lana Lang | Lois Lane | Lori Lemaris
Batman
Andrea Beaumont|Batwoman | Catwoman | Dana Tan | Dr. Chase Meridian | Jezebel Jet|Kathy Duquesne|Lorna Shore|Melanie Walker|Rachel Dawes | Silver St. Cloud|Susan Maguire|Talia Al Ghul | Vicki Vale
Robin
Batgirl | Starfire | Stephanie Brown
Wonder Woman
Alethea (Wonder Woman)|Steve Trevor
Green Lantern
Carol Ferris|Jade | Star Sapphire
The Flash
Iris West | Linda Park | Patty Spivot | Tigress
Teen Titans
Jinx|Raven|Terra|Wonder Girl
Others
Alice (Batman: The Animated Series)|Alicia Hunt|Bekka | Big Barda | Black Canary |Cat Grant|Felicity Smoak|Grace Lamont | Hawkgirl |Joker|June Moon|Laurie Juspeczyk|Mera | Miss Martian (Young Justice)|Monsieur Mallah|Phantom Girl|Razer| Rose Wilson|Sapphire Stagg | Stella Bates| Superboy |Superwoman| Zatanna Zatara

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