Originally Posted by herolee10
Personally, i think one good internal struggle that they could apply to Superman's character arc through any franchise would be..him having to control himself from doing "too much" for people...in knowing on when he has to place that line that he can't cross in front of him when it comes to using his powers to help people since it could be so easy for someone with his powers to later become corrupted into thinking that they should do more in a dictator type of way as a means towards helping humanity from their perspective.
And given that we're not handling a complete messiah-Christ-Golden Age version of Superman here where his mindset is absolutely flawless like some would say.lol, it'd be natural for superman to have to struggle with something like this
Which I think Zod as a villain provides the perfect way of showing.
With him giving us the very example of what happens when you DON'T have that control, it's much easier to see why Superman makes that decision.
I think back to my father. As a farmer, he had a natural understanding for the Earth. I remember him telling me this world is capable of providing for all its creatures. Even now, with so many more people, there exists enough food for everyone.
"The problem," Pa used to say, "is people. As far back as we go, we've always had problems with sharing. Seems everyone's too busy holding on to what they've got to care how their neighbors are doing."