I'm a huge Superman fan. Let me start off by saying that. I'm 26 years old and it wasn't until last year I had watched the first two Christopher Reeves Superman movies. And I hated them. The "zanyness" and "camp" of them, didn't read fun or enjoyable at all. It read as dated and corny, and stupid. Gene Hackman was God awful as Lex, though Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeves were both really good in their roles.
I never did bother with the third or fourth ones, as I heard nothing but bad things. I saw Returns in theaters and... the less said about that, the better.
Man of Steel however, blew me away. I thought it was amazing. And I can't believe every critic I enjoy, be it Brad Jones, Doug Walker, Noah Antwiler, and now Tony were displeased. My Batman obsessed, and biased friend even admitted liking Man of Steel more than any Batman movie she's seen.
I think this movie may be my favorite comic book fan of all time, outside of The Crow.