Re: "Joyless" ?
I don't think I would call it joyless, but I do see why some would. It definitely lacked humor. There were some humorous moments, but nothing really funny IMO. I did feel moments of joy throughout though that made up for the lack of humor. The scene where Clark is saving the oil workers and holding up the tower from falling gave me chills. And young Clark saving the kids in the bus was another one. The scene where he's about to turn himself in and he's floating in the air. Those were the moments that gave me joy because they were "Super" moments.
"Domine secundum actum meum noli me iudicare: nihil dignum in conspectu tuo egi. Ideo deprecor maiestatem tuam, ut tu Deus deleas iniquitatem meam."