For the love of God, the city of Metropolis was sitting there at the edge of the building, WHILE A HELICOPTER WAS FALLING TOWARDS THEIR FACES!!!!!!!!!!!!
No man in spandex would have equaled many stupid idiots dying.
Superman saves a cat from a tree.
And stops some dork from stealing necklaces.
Yes, it depicts that he has values, but you can't tell me one damn thing in there is better than the flashbacks of Kevin Costner trying to explain to him why he should, or shouldn't save a bus full of kids. Or letting himself be taken by a Tornado over having Clark rescue him. Saving the oil drillers, etc.
That stuff BY FAR, eclipses 78 or 81 and it's really not even close. I loved the 81 Zod story, absolutely, but this, this movie upgraded that story by a billion. I'm sorry, but 3 Aliens coming to earth to fight Supes aren't going to just politely go up in the air and zoom around. They comin down to cause problems for real, and that's exactly what Snyder had them do, and it cost Supes making the ultimate choice in how to stop Zod.
That >>>>>>anything we've seen on screen before.