I do like the og Superman and the subsequent sequel. They were solid, for that time I suppose.
But I am absolutely THRILLED with what MOS is and can be. And I think that's part of the missing piece, is we don't know where it can lead. Batman Begins was very good, solid, but it wasn't until Dark Knight that it elevated Begins. The natural progression, Batman is getting better, but the criminals he must face are getting wiser/stronger too. Any holes that might have been in Begins, can be filled in the sequel and so on.
MOS did all that damage and people are complaining about it, that very well could be the backdrop for the sequel. They could literally open the movie with him helping build new buildings, a memorial for those that lost lives, he could be upset with himself, all sorts of angles they could play. We just haven't gotten there yet. Hell, we already saw the reports that the Blu Ray could be over 3 hours with added footage.
The boy scout Superman route is done, and played out. That was the late 70's, early 80's. Today is a completely new generation. I almost guarantee if he came out and was all dorky and four eyed and trippin all over hisself and then Zod came down pissed off and was takin over the White House and **** like that, people would flip out. There really was no way to win. So the best route, imo, was to do what they did. They told the story from today's perspective, and they did it by trying to instill the best values they could, represented wonderfully by Kevin Costner, along with a similar Bruce Wayne Batman Begins discover himself angle. Now we're set in a world where we see actual real life aliens, on Earth, dukin it out. Some bad, another tryin to help. And the real world has to figure out what that's all about.
The first Superman was 2 missle's launched at each coast. That was the "bad guy". The damn US government couldn't rally up some fighters to stop a missile traveling all the way across the country. THAT AIN'T GETTIN IT DONE IN 2013 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. Nolan/Snyder tried the same thing as Gotham, introducing a realistic approach to terrorism from some random nutjobs in Batman, dudes from Krypton in Superman. Not totally realistic, no damn aliens are landing in NY tomorrow, but as realistic as possible. That means destruction, deaths, damage, explosions, and the like. They aren't going to fight in Antarctica because Clark Kent asks.
Morrally, backdrop, storyline, action wise, casted, visually, this was the best Superman movie ever made. The only thing it can not top was the original 78 score. That 78 score gives you the shivers it was so good, so iconic. Everything else, MOS is better.
And the sequel will improve on the story, I have no doubt about it.