This is the first Superman film where actually something happens with believable visual effects.
Superman Returns already had believable effects, but nothing exciting happened. All we got was Superman lifting some heavy stuff (he lifts a shuttle, then he carries a plane, then he lifts a car, then he lifts some debris and the Daily Planet globe, then he lifts a ship, then he gets beaten the crap out of, then he lifts an island, and that's it), and a promise that the sequel would be about real action with Superman finally throwing some punches.
I loved SR, but I have to agree it was awfully light on action for a Superman movie. The airplane rescue and yacht rescue were both fantastic of course, but that just isn't nearly enough for a modern day superhero movie.
I just hope the action and battles in this movie don't rely too
much on a clearly CG Superman. I get that he needs to move faster than the average person, but if everything he does
looks like it was animated in a computer, it's going to be awfully hard to get emotionally involved in any of it.