Let's move on to the plot. I had hopes for this in hearing that Christopher Nolan was involved in the story (indeed, I read in an interview that he became involved and invested in the Superman storyline while trying to figure out what to do next in the Dark Knight universe), but my faith in Nolan has been dashed. Instead of creating a general story arc complete with an origin story, director Snyder instead opted to sprinkle in bits of Superman's past in brief scenes to cut up the practically non-existent story in the present time. Not only does this style drag, but it doesn't quite hide the fact that there isn't a very strong base for conflict. It feels more like Twilight in that the majority of the movie is spent on how muscular and good-guy Superman is before throwing in a bunch of fighting and a hash conflict in the third act.
The only good thing I can say is that we didn't have the trademark slow-motion that is director Zack Snyder's style. Unfortunately, he seemed to take that to mean he could fill up all that extra time with explosions. And lots of buildings getting beat up. I love that Superman is so invested in saving lives, but he thinks it's okay to obliterate every single building in the city in the process. Buildings that probably have people in them. Lots of them. And how many times do we have to see two superhumans fighting by taking a running start at each other? How many, Zack Snyder? Huh??
The funny thing is that Superman was actually created by two Jewish guys. I don't think they meant him to be a Christ figure.
In conclusion, Man of Steel was a big let-down even for someone that went in with little expectations.