1. I forget where I first heard this: I think it was part of a conversation between Batman and Wonder Woman. One of them said something like, "For all his [Superman's] power, he never abuses it." And the other responded, "And that is what makes him truly Superman."
I would like to see this referenced in a live-action story. In a world where violence is worshipped, anti-heroes are "cool," and standing by principles of compassion and justice is "so 20th century," there can be nothing more deeply inspiring than the personification of the best of humanity, the incarnation of what we should all strive for [cue theme music from TV's "Adventures of Superman"].
2. Superman really cutting loose. Let the world know why he is among the most powerful characters in comicdom. Continent-lifting is a good place to start; also, how he worked over Darkseid in the animated series. Superman should also have the heavy musculature to back it up. (So far, Cavill seems to be fitting this bill.)
3. Overall good writing and character development. This is what makes any story and transcends genre. Also: the actors should be at least 30 years old (unless the story specifically highlights Clark's younger days).
4. No skinny, boney-a$$ed actresses playing Lois Lane! I'm still reeling from Bosworth. Durance was good (she looks even better as a brunette, plus she fits the age criteria noted above. If only Cavill was a few years older to really hone in the look of a Superman).
5. No spandex. MoS seems to have hit the nail right on the head here.
For now, that is all.
Shinier than a speeding bullet.
I I have always thought that beat Superman story is something that cannot be solved with his powers alone. Many I think that Superman is a boring character just because of how powerful he is, believing that any opposition a problem he made things he could just simply solve it lickity split. But to challenge him, its better to oppose him in a non physical way.