A Superman movie from the perspective of Lois Lane?
Given that the Man of Steel himself is generally considered to be a none to interesting character, an all-powerful heroic icon, how about a movie where he’s not seen as the central focus? A movie where his exploits are - mostly - witnessed rather than experienced? And who better to witness his introduction and rise into the world that the woman best known for obsessing over him - professionally.
Presented as a three part act, in act one Lois Lane is introduced as investigating a series of incidents across Metropolis of an unidentified person doing good. Generally following in the wake of these incidents, its not long before she becomes a full on spectator then gets wind of another story involving a gang and meeting up another reporter, Clark Kent.
For act two as Intergang turns a covert city takeover overt, Lois likewise tried to take over Clark’s story as it seems linked to the unnamed Hero and leads to an encounter with Metropolis benefactor Lex Luther. An R&D lab is raided, experiential weapons are stolen and the leader of Intergang shows up.
Act three is set around a big climatic battle where Lois finally meets Superman face-to-face then makes him nationally known with her story.
A basic, normally B-plot comic book tale, with its twist/hook being that it all happens from Lois’s point of view as Superman makes himself known. There is no indication that Clark Kent is establishing a public identity so that he can have a regular life, or that Lex Luther isn’t a charming characteristic businessman using Intergang as a front for illegal arm sales, military supply contracts and tighter control over the city. Plans indirectly ruined by its new protector.
Clues could exist for an audience aware of the Superman lore, but it would be far better to plant doubt about the Clark/Superman relation.
So did I just repeat an old idea - which will likely never be seen on a screen - or what?
Sort of. The pilot of “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (a 2 hour story) follows a lot of these concepts. Clark has been traveling the world writing for small, obscure papers (and presumably making saves all over the world) before having an interview at the Daily Planet. Perry decides not to hire Clark. Meanwhile, Lois has nixed a story which Clark takes initiative and brings in a poignant story about the end of an old theater and an actress that was part of that theater’s life.
She is busy investigating a different (but no less major) event. The sabotage of the Space Station launcher. While out on some sources, Clark is forced to make a save in his work clothes, coming back all dirty. Lois suggests he bring a change of clothes to the office (in case those pesky taxis throw dirty water on your work clothes, I presume). This plants the idea for the Superman suit. There’s more investigating into the sabotage that results in Lois and Jimmy being captured. Clark does a surreptitious save that has them flying through the air (which can be chalked up to a gas fire blast by Lois.)
Lois sneaks onto the (now presumably safe) space Station launcher. She begins to hear beeping and finds a bomb attached to the launcher. She calls for help and Superman appears for the first time.
Now what is NOT in this story (and I wish it HAD been, but Birthright hadn’t yet been written and that’s where this concept came from) is Lois investigating this “angel” that has been making saves all over the world. She’s kind of teased and mocked for her desire to figure out this “savior”. This series also did a lot of the concept from Clark’s POV, and not Lois’s. I think it would be extremely interesting to see a story where Superman literally came out of left field to us.