i think i realized my issue with the man of steel. he's dull. he's a goody goody. there's no depth to him. and gene hackman as lex luthor just does not work. a good bad guy is essential to comic story like this. hackman's lex is a cheesy bumbling fool.
i do have some high hopes for the new movie. esp with kevin spacey as lex. but this movie didnt do much for me now or when i first saw it.