It was refreshing to see, finally, a movie that stayed true to the Reeves film - it was the only true iconic portrayal of Superman, with a light layer of cheese. I think the original Donner film cemented Superman into the flying man-in-blue superhero status he is now, but previous was a boy scout wrestler. The fact that he never even flew in the original Shuster comics is unbelievable to me, considering who Superman is to us now...
I never really liked Superman as a character in the comics - I found it difficult to enjoy the adventures of the man-who-can't-get-hurt.(Though Batman beat him up, just a side note. DKR)
The movies, however, I've always had a soft spot for.
The original superman film with Donner/Reeves was fantastic. A great epic film written by Puzo, was broad in scope and really explored Superman as a character. I always thought the only interesting Superman story is the origin story. Well, I believe Singer stepped up to bat. Not only did he make an indestructible man feel vulnerable, but he somehow managed to create an unfolding story that really looked deeper into who the man is.
Critics, I suppose, are disappointed with the lack of violent action in the film - but I find it to be a statisfying popcorn movie - with special effects, beautiful color palette, and some pretty crazy moments.
Bryan Singer, so far, is king of the comic book movies. Stay with DC Singer, Marvel sucks. ('cept fer Spidey) (Oh, and Punisher) (and maybe Dr. Strange)