The Beast wrote:
You're crazy to think that Man of Steel doesn't owe it's success to eliminating the most common complaints about Superman from casual fans.
-Superman is overpowered.
-Superman is a pacifist who always finds another way.
-Lois is too stupid to figure out his secret.
-He wears his underwear on the outside.
It's really sad how you can't see what a great character Superman really is. That being so powerful changes the context of his stories from being mindless, violent slugfests to moral dilemmas. That his compassion and pacifism makes him unique and makes his stories deeper. That no one, including Lois, figures out his secret because of what a completely brilliant creation and alter ego that Clark Kent is. And that his costume reflects the time he was created, and more importantly, the hopes and dreams of the two kids who created him. The two kids who gave us this incredible world of superheroes and comic books, and that we should be grateful to them for what they created.
I guess it's like how Luthor felt in All-Star Superman when he got the powers and could finally see the beauty in the world that Superman sees, and finally understood why Superman loves everyone so much, even including him.
People love Superman because he cares. And people identify with Clark because he is us-fragile, imperfect. He is-or was-one of the most perfectly balanced characters ever created. And even today, 25 years after DC abandoned him, people still care enough about him to make a terrible, mindless movie that claimed to be about him a success. Not quite as big a success as a movie about a tree and a raccoon, but that movie had the advantage of actually being good and having a soul.
Doomed planet. Desperate scientists. Last hope. Kindly couple.