First off, damn well done. Thank you for all of that.
Secondly with respect to:>and even Superman has to adhere to this "I'm not here to do things for you, I'm here to be an example/ideal to strive towards" nonsense baked into his narrative post-Reagan to keep from being accused of being communist.
That totally lines up. What's the line everyone goes back to?>Why don't you just put the whole world in a bottle Superman?
Here is a being from a civilization that was able to propel him across the cosmos from their planet to ours. All he ever wants is to do what is right. Keep people safe, set an example for us to strive toward, but if you have him overthrow a dictator, or try to tell the publicly elected politician that they should do things differently than they are, the only times that ever happens most often result in the story going the way of Injustice, or Superman doing something differently inevitably blowing up in his face because Superman can only ever be the example. He can't be the force that applies change.
If he does, my bootstrap-leverage is being shown to be inferior, and my freedoms are being infringed despite the fact that there is an argument to be made that Superman's abilities open up a completely different level of freedoms that our physical limitations prohibit us from being able to tap into. But nevermind that he'd be doing this for my betterment. No. If he is doing this, and he didn't come and ask me first, who cares if it is reasonable, or likely makes things better. No! He didn't get my okay first, so he's either going to become a tyrant, or recognize the folly of his hubris, because at the end of the day, Lex Luthor is right, and if Superman does things for us, instead of us rising to do things on our own, he is just going to stagnate human progression.
Honestly, there really is a lot of "USA! USA! USA!" bullshit that we don't even realize limits our collective American storytelling, isn't there?