Gina Carano Is Out As Superman’s Lois Lane
Former MMA superstar Gina Carano was certainly no joke in her prior life as a fighter, but it wasn’t just her moves that made her one of the most recognizable faces in the sport—her movie star good played a very large role in her rise to fame.
In addition to being a favorite among MMA fans, Carano was able to reach a broader audience with sexy photography heavy features in publications such as GQ and ESPN The Magazine. She was a real life action star in her former life, so the transition to on-screen action star felt like a natural next step.
Carano’s breakout film was director Steven Soderbergh’s ridiculously overlooked 2011 movie, Haywire. She played the lead role Mallory Kane, a black ops soldier on a mission of retribution, and acted alongside some Hollywood heavyweights like Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, and Channing Tatum.
The film was well-received by critics, but its February release basically dropped it into Siberia—February and October are reserved for the release of movies that the studios have absolutely no faith in.
Which is why Carano didn’t really breakout on an international stage until early 2013, when they made their first public appearance as a couple together at the Critic’s Choice Awards in January. The couple reportedly began dating in September 2012 and were able to keep it quiet straight through the new year.
Cavill was anything household name in the U.S. back then, he was probably best known for his supporting role in the Showtime series The Tudors, but my what a difference a year makes. A relative unknown, Cavill was cast as Superman in 2011, but since Man of Steel was released last month, his celebrity status has gone global.
Whereas, while Carano has a few projects in the works, her supporting role in Fast & Furious 6 is the only thing she’s done since Haywire. Two very different trajectories, which likely sent them in entirely different directions personally and professionally throughout the year.
Maybe that had something to do with the couple’s split, or maybe the relationship had just run its course. Either way, apparently Carano and Cavill called it quits sometime in May or June—ending at least one person’s dream (my own) of Carano someday getting cast as Wonderwoman and the two of them getting married in real life.
Actually, dream is be a bit dramatic. It was more like a really random idea that I had at some point and decided it would be adorable.
As for the breakup, the couple haven’t revealed any details publicly, but the fact that Cavill already seems to be getting serious with The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, seems to suggest Carano got dumped by Superman just weeks before that title became official with the movie’s release.
Even if she is the dumpee in the relationship, Carano will eventually land on her feet—assuming she hasn’t already.
The Lois Lane thing didn’t suit her anyway. Carano is a superhero in her own right, not the messy romantic entanglement or helpless damsel in distress. Who wants to date a dude in tights anyway?