Think about the designs of Kryton between Superman The Movie and Man of Steel. The most recent Superman comics I've read still represent Kryton like the Donner films, instead of "sepia-tone Pandora" from the DCEU. That's probably what gets me the most about Man of Steel, why is this, lackluster, film the jumping off point for the entire DCU in the medium of film? In practical terms, WB and DC really couldn't wait too much longer to try and play catch-up to Marvel Studios, but was it really worth the gamble on this turd? I'm not so naive as to think that there ever could have been a film featuring the Brandon Routh version of Superman and the Christian Bale version of Batman, or, gods forbid, a film with Christopher Reeve, Lynda Carter and Adam West lining up as the "World's Finest". But, why go with Henry Cavill when he had failed to truly impress? I'm more-or-less over comparing the DC/WB films to the Marvel Studios ones, but if Iron Man had flopped, would we really have the MCU? No. Iron Man was an experiment that returned unseen dividends, Man of Steel was a deliberate attempt to kick-start an "expanded universe" that, let's face it, took four films to get watchable.
As I've mentioned before, I really want to see the DCEU produce good films and be successful. I want a good Captain Marvel, The Question, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, JLU and countless other film[s] in my lifetime. But if this is the version of Superman that its all building from, where will it end up? Yes, I haven't really covered the specifics of Man of Steel here; I don't need to. There are more than enough reviews, dissections and lambasting of this film out there on the internet that I'm under no illusions of ego that anyone is coming here for a definitive word. If you're reading this, you probably want to know if Man of Steel is worth watching for Supers gaming inspiration; not really. Zod's plan makes no sense, the design of the Krytonians would not look good on the table-top and there are many better versions of Superman to model your miniatures after.