I didn't like Lois taking Jason along on an investigation either, but that was a script problem rather than a performance one.
As for the live action screen portrayals of Lois Lane my top two are Teri Hatcher in Lois & Clark
and Margot Kidder under Donner's direction. Erica Durance is hot and she's quite charismatic, but her performance is very broad and kind of one-note (although the writing lends itself to that). On the basis of the sum of their careers, Kate Bosworth is a much better actress than Erica Durance.