Say what you want about Kevin Costner, he’s had huge ups and downs but he’s a good actor and he’s likeable, plus he has that every man thing down pat.
Two things hit me while I was watching this: 1. Did they need this big name cast for the movie they were doing and 2. this is like Self/Less that Ryan Reynolds was in he just switched roles.
“Man of Steel” is a Superman movie in its own right. Yes it does retell the origins story and yes it does rely on a well known villain but Snyder and Goyer take the movie from a different angle and set the tone for the DC / WB cinematic universe going forward.