Originally Posted by The Question
Again, don't remember it to well so I'm basically talking from a place of ignorance, but I think that once they got into orbit Superman would have had more of an opportunity to force the fight towards, like, the ocean, or the northern Canadian provinces where basically no one lives. Once you're that high up, going down at even a slightly different angle will take you hundreds if not thousands of miles away, but nope they just when exactly straight back down into Metropolis.
The counterargument is that it wasn't possible for Superman to take the fight to an uninhabited area as Zod wouldn't have followed or allowed it because his intent was killing every last human.
But the choreography of the Metropolis fight didn't seem to reflect that intent until the train station scene.