I was really disappointed to discover that the film was made as a disjointed medley of memories, flashbacks, and explosions, instead of playing out in a chronological order. Although all the scenes connected, it was tricky to figure out how.
Superman as Superman was a lot of fun, however, I would say that as Clark Kent he was a lot of "ok, put on the suit already." He looked like he was constantly smirking, and it made it hard to like those parts.
There wasn't really any, except of course Lois Lane and the editor, with the addition of a couple of generals. They were like "we are reacting to Superman's presence. What else do we do?" In the other supermovies, the secondary characters have personalities.
General Zod is a cool villain, because no one named "general Zod" can possibly be a lousy villain, right? The way they set up the end just made him better. He gave us the smackdown we were counting on, and enough extra to move the plot along.
The music was pretty cool, as a symphony of head-pounding noise. I think it would stand better alone. However, as the score to the movie my reaction is similar to IM3: it disappeared into the background and wasn't really a part of my enjoyment of the film overall.
There isn't really any humor except a couple quick bits that briefly reference superman's powers.
In the end the chaotic nonstop battle was just what was to be expected from a superman movie, and it made up for the rest of it from the sheer fun of watching explosions go off. I only think it's weird that the world always goes back to perfectly normal after the super is done saving the day, no matter how much stuff has exploded. Although I did not enjoy it as much as the Avengers laugh riot, I would not say no to seeing Man of Steel at least a couple of times in the future. Was there a bonus scene?