4. Honoring Donner
Here's where I'm likely to upset a large number of fans who hold a lot of love for Richard Donner's vision of the character. Bryan Singer made a wonderful homage to Donner's Superman movies, that in itself was not a very good film. From the credit sequence, the plot, the casting, to John Williams legendary score, he was both very respectful to the material and very wrong for doing so. Everything about Superman Returns felt somewhat out of place in the modern world. The only way forward is for the franchise to completely hit the reset button. That doesn't mean that Zack Snyder has to reinvent Superman, but he must find a way to stay faithful to the character without becoming a slave to its traditional depictions.