I've seen this argument a lot from what I suppose are the Superman fans used to more of the comic book character. Personally, I'd never been much of a fan, Superman always seemed too flawless for my liking.
I loved MoS, but people keep saying it sucked because of all the destruction and all the lives he put in danger, etc. The real Superman would never do this you say.
Bullshit he wouldn't.
Curious as I am, I started looking up some YouTube videos on Superman as he's represented in animated shows, which I assume are very much like the comics. Superman is just as "reckless" as in MoS. Just have a look at the Superman vs Doomsday fight for instance. Superman makes absolutely no effort whatsoever to take the fight out of Metropolis, and the two just tear apart the city without regard. Sure, the whole thing looks less dramatic, because it's animated, but the destruction is there nevertheless. At one point, Superman tosses Doomsday into a skyscraper, totally levelling it.In the end, Superman grabs Doomsday, flies him out into space, and then crashes him back to earth, but instead of crashing him into some remote area where he will do no damage, he crashes him straight back into the centre of Metropolis, creating a huge crater and massive destruction.
That's the valiant Superman you guys are defending? He would never let the destruction in MoS happen? Really?
I mean in MoS most of the destruction at least came from the world machine, not his actual fighting Zod. In the animated show he seems to be down with destroying shit all on his own.