With all the franchise reboots of recent years there is tendency to think that compete recasting is always the route taken. But it is not unheard of for an actor to play the same character in different productions with largely different cast and separate continuity. I thought it would be interesting to list as many of these cases as we can think of. Noel Neill as Lois Lane. She first played the role in the Superman theatrical serials starring Kirk Alyn. She later returned to the role when she replaced Phyllis Coates starting with the second season of the George Reeves television series.