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The aim of this article is to uncover the existence and analyze the content of a sub-text associated with the character of Lois Lane, eternal girlfriend of Superman, in the film of Zack Snyder Man of Steel, 2013. First I will define the concepts «text» and «subtext», and I will relate them to the historical technique of «writing between lines» described by the philosopher Leo Strauss. Then I will carry out the textual (and subtextual) analysis of the character. My conclusion is that the character has been designed with the intention of emitting two types of contradictory messages: at the textual level she is an intelligent, independent and capable woman, but at the subtextual level she reveals herself as a stupid and dependent woman, unable to complete satisfactorily her tasks without the help of a man.

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