Originally Posted by Heretic
Superman is the Man of Tomorrow...not the Man of Today. He is supposed to embody the things that we WISH we could be...he has no ego...he would die to save others who probably don't deserve it. The movie paid some cheap lip service to this...quoting from the comic directly...about how people will stumble behind him, but will be inspired by him and someday join him. For now, you aren't really supposed to like him or identify with him...you are to stand in awe of him.
Batman is the guy that you wish you could be as a teenager...Superman is more the guy you want your daughter to marry.
That's the thing though Jor-El said mankind will join him in the sun not that they are. You don't become an ideal to strive for overnight.