Man of Steel was awful. How many films can that movie rip off? Matrix, Independence Day, District 9, Alien, Avatar.
You know that the Superman origin story predates all of those right? The Matrix
fight over the city between Smith and Neo, which is what I'm assuming you were referencing, was based on Superman, not the other way around. You think Neo flying around with a trenchcoat/cape was the first time that ever happened and that the Wachowskis weren't doing an homage to anyone there?
Superman was an alien refugee story long before District 9
, dealt with alien invasions way before Independence Day
, and had an alien living among the natives and taking their side well before Avatar
. Not sure what the Alien
connection is supposed to be. The production design of the Kryptonian ships and architecture? The cryopods in the scoutship? The HR Giger dark biomechanical designs were fairly unique at the time, but it's pretty commonplace now. And cryopods have been part of scifi for decades.