Jon Peters and the Kevin Smith draft of "Superman Lives" to clarify. Peters wanted a giant mechanical spider for Superman to fight
And Man of Steel. If you'll remember, when Supes is trying to get to his Daddy's crashed ark ship thing, what's there? The deadliest predator in the animal kingdom. And that "world engine" thing? What does that look like to you?
...the deadliest animal in the insect kingdom.