Both ideas are bad. They are taken very seriously, but the first two movies were every bit as goofy as the following. Powerless Clark walking back from the Fortress, that was off the top of my head. And I also don't get why some people harp on budget or effects...as someone born after Quest For Peace living in 2013, I don't think very much from those films hold up visually.
Though I dug all the slow, trippy Marlon Brando stuff from the first film.