that way they don't have to live up to the nolan ones so much and can do a more child friendly take.
Child-friendliness is the devil.
Not to turn this into a Superman thread but the Luthor I'd like to see on screen is Luthor as US President. I missed it when it happened in the comics and, when I did learn about it later, I couldn't help but think how stupid an idea that was. Having an arch mega-criminal guilty of countless murders elected to the White House? To me, it just emphasized how ridiculous comic book plotting had become.
Er... aren't these key competencies? You didn't post this on April 1st, so I'll have to assume you're serious. Oh, and speaking of cynicism...
When I think about it in these increasingly cynical times, however, I think it would could work really well on screen. By setting Superman up as the enemy of the leader of the country he's sworn to protect, he'd be forced to question the values that normally make him seem so 1950s!
I think that worked extremely well with Brubaker's Captain America. Not sure I'd want to see Superman in that role. I don't see Superman as a super-patriot. (That's only what Frank Miller saw in him.) Superman is the ultimate do-gooder, and if the US does wrong, he'll stand against it. From the POV of a super-patriot, the US can do no wrong, that would be an oxymoron. Then the question would rather turn into: What are the US really? The decision of its president? Its people? The Constitution and the founding fathers? It's a question of national identity. Again, I think Captain America is the right character for that, not Superman. How should Superman define the true identity of the US, or even have any say in the matter?