Something that Superman, had he been written correctly, also should have been doing.
Not murdering them himself by bringing buildings down around their ears like a flailing child.
Those innocent people who could have run away. Or who Supes could have saved another way?And I have to disagree about your "psycho version of Supes" statement. He pleaded with, begged Zod to stop the heat vision blasts. Trying to look for the good in Zod as his parents would have wanted him to. Since he had never encountered Kryptonians before, there's no real way he could've known he might actually harm Zod. I saw that more as an act of desperation. Of wanting so much to not see those innocent people perish, he was willing to do something which pained him very much.
The version of Superman in this film has no moral code. He's a destructive menace who's a petty jerk.
I'll have to watch the movie again, because maybe I was so happy that Superman didn't spend the entire movie pining over Lois Lane and spying on her, that I missed some stuff. But I got the impression that he had a very strong moral code.
The thing with knocking the buildings down did bother me a bit, but think that had more to do with Zod keeping the fight in the city and not allowing Superman to control the fight. Again, I'll have to rewatch to see if that was the case. However, at worst, it's no different than all the destruction the Avengers caused in NYC.
Remember, Superman had spent his entire life surrounded with normal human beings, so he was used to being the strongest person around. Zod not only gained Superman's powers by the end of the movie, but he also had a lifetime of combat training to draw from. So, of course he was going to make Superman look like an amateur, because Superman WAS an amateur.
I'm not quite seeing the pettiness and lack of moral code either.
Time and time again we saw Clark putting himself on the line even though no one asked him to and no one put him up to it. To me, pettiness would have been him realizing what he's capable of but not using it in any way to better those around him, not saving anyone in distress. As well, it just isn't possible for him to be everywhere at once so as much as some of us would like to believe in the ideal that he can save everyone, it's not feasible. We see in the flashbacks that Martha suggests focusing solely on her voice to drown out all the thousands of other voices that haunt him and that lesson gets hammered home as we see him focus on the task at hand (trying to neutralize Faora and Namek in Smallville) rather than mull all possible courses of action.
On a lighter note, did anyone catch the Easter eggs? Lexcorp tanker, Wayne Enterprises satellite, Sullivan's Tractors.
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