Get out of the way Superman, you're blocking the light.
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#1. She’s more than just Superman’s girlfriend.
Lois Lane has been defined — sometime solely — by her relationship to Superman since her inception. But she’s so much more than that. Lois is first and foremost a journalist. In the 1940s this was basically the same kind of superpower of Wonder Woman, only without the frills. A independent woman? With a job? Where she was taken seriously and loved her work? IMPOSSIBLE!
Over the years, Lois’s story has morphed and changed, because this is comics after all. But in her current iteration, Lois is a bi-racial military brat from a broken family. She has a younger sister — Lucy Lane — that she basically raised after the untimely death of their mother. Lucy is a recovering drug addict with a girlfriend who looks like a werecat. Lois has a boyfriend named Jonathan Carroll and she struggles to find the balance between her work life and a personal life. Lois is all of these things BEFORE you add in that Clark Kent — in the New 52 — is her best friend. Platonic. That’s it.
By freeing Lois of the shackles of her relationship drama with Clark/Superman, it allows room for her to be a fully realized person outside the scaffolding of her usefulness to adding angst to whatever story arc Superman is going through.