I rather agree with you, Brian, but I believe it would have worked better with a two or three teenager gang who kept returning to rob the place, and whom the police couldn't (or wouldn't) stop. But that's a lot of story to cram into a couple of incidental scenes. And I feel the movie would have worked better without it in any case. Why make Clark a super bully? That's not Superman.
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THAT is the key to the question. There is no doubt a good Superman movie can be made. I feel that there are a lot of actors who can play Superman, and the first post-credit scene of "Justice League" proved it to me. That was Superman that I recognized.
Mr. Byrne is quite right that "boy scout" is a pejorative that a lot of Superman's fellow heroes began using (of all things! What kind of respect do they show when they call Superman a big blue boy scout?)
So. They need to decide what Superman is, first and foremost. That's easy; the mightiest hero of the planet who espouses truth, justice, and the American way. And they have to be quite aware that the story MUST involve that character. I mean, a beach-blanket-bingo could be fun, even today, but not as a James Bond vehicle. (Or possibly it could, but to make it valid would require a HELL of a lot more effort than I think directors want to put into a movie, more's the pity.)
Then they have to determine what SOLVABLE challenge can they present to Superman. Superman 2, Man of Steel, and Justice League had Superman countered by anti-Superman - a threat that is as powerful as Superman (or moreso if there are more anti-Supermans.) Superman has to find a way to out-think them, because he cannot outpower them.
Ironically, Superman, Superman 3, and Superman Returns had the opposite challenge - someone who is smarter than Superman*. Twice it's Luthor. I guess Superman 4 is kinda up in the air between the two of these, but who talks about Superman 4?
What kind of challenge then? Is it a threat to Superman or a threat to society (local, national, or worldwide?) Is it death and destruction, tyranny and dictatorship, or some other challenge?
This is the difficulty of a Superman movie, but when the elements are laid out, I don't think they're especially hard to address and put together**. But it's not easy... then again, if they want to make Avengers-level money, maybe it's WORTH the effort.
*In "Frederich Neitzsche and the Power of Transfiguration", he describes Sigfried as "very brave and very strong and very handsome and very stupid." Sounds like a formula used far too many times.
**Says the big mouth who's never made a movie!