|Family||Ella Lane (wife, deceased), Lois Lane (daughter), Clark Kent (Son-in-Law) Lucy Lane (daughter), Chloe Sullivan (niece)|
|Occupation||General  (U.S. Army)|
|Played By||Michael Ironside|
- "It's my right to protect my family!" - Sam Lane, Ambush
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When Chloe Sullivan and her father were put in protective custody, Lex Luthor managed to get General Lane in to shield her from the blast when they got into the "safe" house. After Lois traveled to Smallville to investigate her cousin's sudden death, Sam arrived to the Kent Farm only to take his daughter back with him after thanking the Kents for their hospitality. Later he appeared on the farm once again and he told Lois that she failed her senior year and she must enroll at Smallville High to get enough credits to graduate. Months later he and Lois decided to leave the country in order to locate his younger daughter Lucy, but the second meteor shower prevented Lois from leaving with her father, it is unclear if the General himself succeeded to find Lucy.
Later, Lois was seen talking to Sam Lane on the phone regarding her wedding to Clark.
Lois mentioned that General Lane was a 'Four Star General', implying a promotion.
General Sam Lane and Lucy pay an unexpected visit to Lois and Clark ambushing them at the Kent Farm while they're having a moment of intimacy. During his stay, Sam tests his daughter by giving Clark some trials such as a list of meaningless chores to do, a third degree interrogation to see her reaction and his disapproval of the vigilantes movement in society. He also informs them that he's the senior military supervisor for the Vigilante Registration Act to be passed in the senate in Washington DC but he's facing opposition from Martha Kent who's against the bill being passed. But Martha isn't the only one who's against the act, Rick Flag is also against it and plans to prevent it from being passed by attempting to assassinate Sam by using his youngest daughter Lucy Lane to produce evidence of Clark's involvement with the vigilante group to get him away from Clark's protection . Rick gives Lucy a pen that has a tracking device to track Sam's location. After Sam confronts Clark on his connection to The Maiden of Might, he declares to Lois his disapproval of her relationship with Clark and orders her to leave her prepared Thanksgiving dinner to return to her apartment at the Talon.
Lucy slips the pen in her father's pants pocket, At the Talon a heartbroken Lois confronts her father and declares her undying love and commitment to Clark. Sam, appearing upset at his daughter's decision, drops his pen on the table and leaves with Lucy from the apartment. Rick launches a homing missile to the General's location, the Talon. However, he left his tracking device with Lois in the apartment. The missile was launched and destroyed the apartment but Clark as the Blur rushes in and rescues her, returning her to her family.
Relieved by his daughter's rescue by the Blur, Sam apologizes to Clark for his previous treatment of him and reveals his real motives to Clark that he was actually testing Lois's love for Clark. None of Lois's other boyfriends ever passed his test except for Clark, he did the chores and he stood up to Sam who was impressed by his display of character. Before entering for dinner Clark asks Sam a secret request concerning Lois. Inside the Kent house, Sam, his daughters and Clark enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving dinner .
Season ElevenEditSam Lane meet Lex Luthor in Luthor's office, where Luthor proposed that the U.S. Military should take action against Superman. Lex then revealed to him that the Russians had built Korlyov as an orbital weapon. Sam told Lex that the U.S. Military would intervene when they had just cause.
Later Lex claims that Superman's appearence at the Korolyov and Guardian incidents, as well as his apparent attack of LexCorp Plaza, Superman had given Sam Lane a reason to intervene.General Lane ordered three military helicopters show up to head to LexCorp Plaza, where they see Superman accusing Lex of activating the Guardian Platform mid-flight.The millitary plane demands that Superman step away from Lex. The military tell him he is under arrest, but Superman refuses as the ready their guns.
Outside of the Daily Planet, Lois angrily demands she be patched through to her father. When he answers she argues and ridicules his decision, but General Lane claims to just be following orders. She calls Clark and he ask her if Sam knows his secret, saying he implied it before, but Lois claims if he did he probably would not have fired at him. As they surround Superman they begin firing, as Lois seeks cover under her convertible. The bullets deflect off of him and hit the tail rotor of one of the helicopters, which begins to fall. Superman saves Lois before the helicopter crashes onto of her car, and explodes. The pilot of Sans helicopter ask if he should tell base Superman has taken a hostage, but he refuses, stating Superman just saved Lois.
Superman then meets with General Lane at Liberty park where they have a discussion about his recent heroics but also the fear members of Washington DC have against him as he has no real accountability to the government only to his moral code. Superman suggest to General Lane that he'd be up to going to Washington DC to meet with the President.
- Season Four: Crusade (Mentioned only), Gone, Façade, Jinx (Mentioned only), Spell (Mentioned only), Recruit (Mentioned only), Lucy (Mentioned only), Commencement (Mentioned only)
- Season Five: Arrival (Mentioned only), Mortal (Mentioned only), Aqua (Mentioned only), Fanatic (Mentioned only)
- Season Six: Prototype (Mentioned only), Phantom (Mentioned only)
- Season Seven: Siren (Mentioned only)
- Season Nine: Pandora (Mentioned only), Persuasion (Mentioned only), Charade (Mentioned only)
- Season Ten: Ambush, Finale, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
- Season Eleven: Guardian
In the ComicsEdit
In the comics, like in Smallville, General Sam Lane is a career army officer, who married Ella Lane, and had two daughters, Lois and Lucy. Unlike Smallville however, Lois has never had as close of a relationship with Sam as she has with in the show. Sam has always been openly disappointed in the fact he had two daughters rather than sons, causing Lois wanting, not to make him proud, but instead to aggravate him as much as possible and never allowing herself to be bullied by him in any manner. In fact, according to Lois a majority of their relationship has always involved them arguing with one another.
As years passed, Lois and Sam would attempt to reconnect, but that proved near impossible due in large part to the fact that Sam openly hated her boyfriend and later husband Clark, as well Lois' "pet project" Superman. Often he and Lois would argue over both Clark and Superman, with Lois' mother Ella having to mediate.
When Lex Luthor became president of the United States, Sam became Secretary of Defense. During a galaxtic war, Sam was supposedly killed by a probe in the Imperiex War. His family mourned the passing of Sam, and both Lex and Superman attended his funeral to send him off. Several years after the war, Lucy joined the military in a post-mortem attempt to appease his desire of a son to follow in his footsteps, and even apparently divorced her own husband (however it is also possible that her marriage to Ron, and Troupe and the birth of their son Samuel, was retconned out of history following the events of Infinite Crisis).
When the Bottled City of Kandor was returned to full size, and eventually became the planet of New Krypton, General Sam Lane revealed himself to have faked his own death, and was planning to fight a war against what he personally believed to be an alien menace. He drafting Lex Luthor in a operation against Superman and the Kryptonians of Kandor. As he plotted against the Kryptonians, his plans became more blood thirsty and even genocidal. He transformed his own daughter Lucy, into the insane villain Superwoman, and eventually was largely responsible for the complete and utter destruction of the entire planet of New Krypton. When Lois and Supergirl confronted him and Superwoman about their actions, Sam Lane took his life right before his daughters and Supergirl.
- At the end of Ambush, when Clark and Sam are talking it seemed to be hinted at that Sam suspected that Clark maybe the Blur.
- At the end of Ambush, Clark asks Sam a question concerning Lois. It is assumed this is where Clark asked for Sam's blessing in marrying Lois.
- Sam was not shown interacting with Chloe. They did interact briefly in Mortal, although happened offscreen.
- Smallville's version of Sam Lane is shown to be less biased and harsh in his opinion of both Clark Kent and Superman, unlike in the comics.
- Samuel Lane's first appearance was in Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #13 (November 1959).
- Michael Ironside was also the voice of Darkseid in Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
- Michael also played the villain Dr. Kragg in Jett Jackson: The Movie (which starred Lee Thompson Young who plays Victor Stone).
- Michael Ironside recently joined The Transfomers lore providing the voice of Ultra Magnus in Season Three of Transformers Prime:Beast Hunters.
Other faces of Sam LaneEdit
- Sam Lane - Wikipedia
- Sam Lane on Wikia DC Animated Universe
- Sam Lane on DC Database
- Sam Lane on Superman Wiki
- ↑ Four-star insignia is seen in his cap in episode Ambush.