There are many things dated about the original Donner movie (mostly the comedic portrayal of Luthor and Otis) but the most compelling stuff came from the conflict of Jor-El's decrees with his human upbringing. The whole sequence from Jonathan's speech and his heart attack to this day is very powerful, "When you first came to us, we thought people would come and take you away because... when they found out, you know, the things you could do. And that worried us a lot. But then a man gets older, and he starts thinking differently and things get very clear. And one thing I do know son, and that is you are here for a reason
. I don't know whose reason or whatever the reason is. Maybe it's because... I don't know. But I do know one thing. It's not
to score touchdowns. Huh?"
Now I can't argue the movie isn't going to be Darker and Edgier
, cause that is evident by the color palette alone, but the best Superman stories have focused on the conflict within him about who he is supposed to be and where his place is in this world (which is where Superman Returns
failed despite supposedly being focused on that subject). I am liking the very majestic vibe the trailers are exuding, he is a grand-scale hero and not a "street level" brawler by any means.