Yes they managed to turn Jor El into a "BAD ASS!!!" but that not only contradicts the character that we're all sort of subconsciously aware that he is (more on that in a moment) but it also completely contradicts who we're told he would have to be by virtue of genetic implanting or whatever they wanted to call it.
Now... you might say "but Doc... he and Lara (who was inexplicably cast by someone with a strong foreign accent) were rebels! They had a child outside the birthing kelp forrest! Of course he would be the kind of guy to acquire Bas Assery skills!"
Well to you I would say "Show me that's who he is then". Don't just have him jumping off of CGI buildings and swimming amid fetal matrix tubes and riding CGI beasts around an apocalyptic background. Give me some idea of who he is as a man other than just "Superman's Bad Ass Dad!". Cut just a few minutes of CGI mind pulping action that establishes early and often that there are no stakes other than the ones we're all programmed to anticipate (spoiler alert : Krypton dies). Let's see Jor El fighting with the council about stuff for more than like... 5 seconds. Let's see some consequences of his actions on his life that would have continued had Krypton not gone boom.
Or maybe they did show it and I just couldn't concentrate on it because Zod instantly shows up and now there's clearly a relationship between he and Jor El that we are told about but don't really get to see.
More examples of this movie just telling us "Trust us you guys..... this moment is really super important. You don't have to feel it or be shown any evidence of it... just trust us. This is bad ass."
And this is where we revisit the idea of our subconscious recognition of these characters and tropes.
Superman is 75 years old. That's like.... old and ****. And he's been depicted in TV shows, comics, movies, novels, cartoons, mugs, clothes, references, commercials....
EVERYBODY knows the basics of Superman.
Born on Krypton. Scientist dad builds rocket. Puts kid in it. Krypton explodes.
Metropolos. Lois Lane.
Red Undies outside.
All of that is hardwired into our cultural awareness of Superman. This movie didn't do anything with Perry White or the Daily Planet... but the were in there because we all know who/what they are and it makes it feel more like a Supeman movie to us and this movie leans on that heavily.
FOR EXAMPLE.............. I don't remember but does Man of Steel ever explicitly tell us who Jor El is? What his responsibilities are? How does he fit into the Kryptonian world? What's his title?
None of these questions are addressed by the filmmakers with any kind of detail because A) more punching and B) we all know who Jor El is at some level so why bother wasting time on exposition or character development.