They know they fucked up with the last guy to play him. I am actually surprised that actor didn't get flamed much more because of the overuse of makeup, the overall retarded way he played the character and the fact that they acted like the last 30 years in comics and tv hadn't happened.
I am hoping they learned from that massive mistake. Reeves was great for the time he played the character. Choosing a guy who looks MORE feminine to play him in this era was one of the worst casting decisions I can remember in a while.
I actually do hope they pay attention to Smallville and take notes. People like Clark. They know what makes him act the way he does. He's annoying. He's a little too good...and everyone around him knows it and balances that equation...something they didn't even get into in that movie as far as who Clark is. He isn't the straight up nerd that Routhe played even though he's awkward and doesn't really fit in.