Speaking to DC All Access (you can see the interview on the last interior page in this week's DC books, if you're still reading any DC books), Mr. Snyder tells us what's up with the Man Of Steel since snapping Zod's neck:
Over the last two years he’s basically been Superman as pop culture would know him. He’s been righting wrongs, there have been floods, mines have collapsed, bridges have collapsed, churches have caught on fire. He’s basically been a hero. When we find him, he’s been dealing with the everyday world of being a superhero, but there’s a paradigm shift happening in that the unintended consequences of some of those rescues are starting to come into fruition. He’s starting to see that every action has a reaction. Like, if you’re just taking a cat out of a tree, you can’t touch anything or the arborists will say, ‘He damaged the tree branch when he got the cat down.’ Or, ‘The cat wasn’t neutered, so now there’s thousands of cats.’ There’s no winning anymore for Superman.So, let's hope that you're not a cat stuck in a tree in Metropolis, because a simple act like this...
...is now fraught with controversy and political implications.You might damage a twig! The cat might breed! Roving bands of "arborists" street-fighting with PETA!! The humanity!!!
Yup, that's the kind of Superman movie America wants and needs--one where "there's no winning" for Superman. Because that's the only reason Kal-El does these heroics--not because of intrinsic goodness, but because of how others might react! Someone might write a mean tweet about him for Rao's sake!! Ohs nos!! He can never "win."
Yup. Really nailed the essence of Superman there, Zack. Uh-huh. Yep.