Geoff Johns’s point seems to be to do another Superman origin retelling, this time integrating parts of Superman (Johns used to work for director Richard Donner), the “Smallville” TV show (Johns occasionally writes episodes for the show) and some of the stuff John Byrne left out of his Man of Steel origin retelling back in the eighties.
The result is about as jumbled as it sounds from that grocery list of intentions.
Seeing Gary Frank essentially draw a young Christopher Reeve in a few panels is pretty neat and having Clark and Lana Lang have a budding romance is cute.
Johns even gets in a Superman III reference, which is surprising (Donner didn’t work on that film).
But does it work? Another modernized retelling of the Smallville stuff? No.
Johns is too specific in his writing… except when it comes to creating a believable Smallville.
It’s cute instead of iconic.