Originally Posted by The Question
I disagree. I think Superman trapping Zod and his minions in the Phantom Zone would have been a fine resolution to the conflict, one where Superman uses his intellect and not brute force to defeat the villain.
Why is it important to the conflict that Superman and Zod physically punch each other?
I fail to see how that is Superman using his intellect when it wasn't him who figured out how to create the wormhole. He was just doing what he was told. He barely ever uses his own intellect the entire movie. Although I did not particularly like how they resolved Zod I do think Zod being sucked in with his minions would have been extremely anticlimactic.