instead of fighting fanciful supervillains he uses his reporter's skills to hunt down and stop real criminals.
That would be perfect for a Nolan version superman. It would be like batman dealing with the mob in "The dark knight" and also handling the main villian.
Clark is investigating military tech from a ship that came in and he has to go down to a harbor and ask questions to fisherman and people.
Later he finds out of Lexcorp was involved in smuggling weapons in.