BUT WHAT IF?
If Superman: The Man Of Steel had arrived then it would have put the steel...erm...back into the...erm...man? No, that’s not right. Well, it would have turned Superman into an action hero...which probably would have still missed the point of the character. Instead of audiences being thrilled by who he was, they’d have been constantly informed of what he could do. He’d have ended up in a white vest kickin’ the yipee-kiya out of every mother trucker going and then appeared in a succession of sequels that would have gotten a lower age classification until all the violence and swearing had been removed. By that point the audience would have grown tired of the clichéd action-hero Superman and he’d have outstayed his welcome.