Superman receives the same treatment Spiderman did in Amazing Spiderman.
Let’s start off by saying that this is one noisy movie. As it is, every squeak in a movie is amplified six times when watching in a theatre, but when the original sounds are so loud, the result is two steps short of deafening.
Another thing that must be pointed out is that this movie has one of the most brutal fight scenes I’ve seen in recent superhero movies. As opposed to shooting rockets, or laser beams, these guys are actually trading proper blows. The only movie which comes even remotely close to this kind of action is the Transformers series. And there, it was more or less acceptable, considering that they were, you know, building-sized robots, as opposed human-looking aliens.
The story is pretty similar to Transformers 2, instead with the bad guys trying to shape Earth to match their needs, that is to mould Earth into Krypton II, with no regard to the hapless humans who live there. The distribution of the story-line is lopsided, with maybe 40 minutes going into introduction, back-story, budding romance, discovery of powers, and meeting dad’s hologram. The rest of the 2 hour film is devoted to the aforementioned conflict.
We see Jor-El in a more expanded role than the original series, but the one out of three of the bad guys from Superman II return in a more modern avatar. The other two, Ursa and Non, are replaced by the more brutal Faora and Nam-Ek.
Similar to Amazing Spiderman, the reboot of Superman is a darker version. Superman is far less romantic, and equally less comic. Christopher Reeve’s trademark kiss-curl is non existent. Finally, Superman’s underwear is on the inside now (shock! horror!).
Man of Steel is a great movie, but I’d advise you to watch it at home, where you can control the volume. This is for your own good. If you must watch it a theatre, try and book it for 2D, because there’s no real difference in the two.