Originally Posted by Dangerman
You must not know the whole story then. It was explained why Superman never told Lois he was leaving in the script book as well as the screen test. In both he states that if he saw Lois's face and she asked him not to go then he would have never left. Which is something at the time he felt compelled to do. A lot of the stuff many fans complained about was explained but it is just left on the cutting room floor. As I have stated many times Signer didn't do a bad job IMO he did what many writers have tried to do and that is made him more relate able.
That is not an explanation...
Superman would man up and tell everyone. He wouldn't duck away from his responsibilities like a wimp because he thought he'd be too weak too leave if he saw Lois' face.
If going was really that important to him, he'd be the confident grown up he is, and just face it.
And to your second point, as I stated in my post, I felt SR made Superman much less relatable than the Donner films. A combination of tone, questionable actions, a lack of lines and a lack of character building scenes, lead to Superman feeling like a two dimensional persona.
'I heard a child say that he wanted to be in The Elite when he grows up because it would be fun to kill bad guys. Fun to kill... People have to know that there is another way' - Superman, Superman vs The Elite
'Somewhere in our darkest night, we made up the story of a man who will never let us down.' - Grant Morrison