I grew up on Lois & Clark and The Animated Series and didn't see the Donner films 'til college. While I respect the first one in particular for its craftsmanship and for creating a template for the genre, at the end of the day, I just REALLY don't like Clark Kent being a caricature. I get that it's faithful to a certain era of comics, just not my choice era. That's a deal breaker which sours all his relationships (minus the Kents) for me. I'm a big fan of "regular guy" Clark who's a respected reporter that Lois sees as genuine competition, but is also kind of naturally a bit of a dork (though not in an OTT way). It was an origin story, with a few major changes to the mythos (forced on him by Jon Peters/the studio) - particularly Krypton still surviving as a war-torn planet - but the characterization of the leads was what really got me. Clark and Lois had actual charming banter, for one. Clark found his passion for journalism in college after a brief soul-searching encounter with Lois (who was 2 years ahead of him) at a party that of course she doesn't remember when they meet again at the Planet, but he had a bit of a hero worship thing going for her before they became colleagues. Lex was a professor who found a bit of Kryptonian tech that landed on Earth the same day as Clark - that tech "expanded his mind" with all sorts of Kryptonian knowledge (which was meant for Clark), and he spent the next 24 years building his empire based on the breakthroughs developed from that tech, and what he felt was "preparing the human race" for the alien contact he knew would come some day. When Superman arrived on the scene, Lex thought their meeting was destiny and wanted to be allies, and so took it quite personally when Supes didn't see things his way. That script wouldn't get made today obviously because the two movies that did get made had too many of the same elements (for one, there was an evil Kryptonian he fought in the 3rd act who was obviously a Zod knock-off because Abrams wasn't allowed to use Zod himself for some reason; also the scene in SR with Supes floating and listening for anyone needing his help was taken directly from it), but I just know I would've gladly watched a franchise featuring that Clark, that Lois, and that Lex. Plus it just had that uplifting crowd-pleaser vibe (heart and humor being key) that I feel like the last two missed the mark on.