Cocky Superman is awesome!!
But isn't that pretty much being cocky? Having a body language and an attitude that says "nope, you can't harm me even if you tried"?
To me it makes sense for Superman to be cocky, to just assume that even if the guy in front of him tries to kill him, it's very unlikely he's going to succeed. After all, he is the most powerful creature on Earth. If he can't be confident about himself, who can?
"I'm going to paraphrase Nietzsche, when you judge a work, the work judges you."
But really rationalizations aside.....I just freakin love his attitude!! The knuckle blow and no look stiff arm in Action comics #14 really just summed up how awesome he is now!!
Who knew all it took was a random cosplayer to save Superman's popularity.