Jor-ElA new trailer for the upcoming Man of Steel has arrived, and with it, a lot of new characters to speak of! First of all, let’s see Jor-El, Superman‘s father, who’s portrayed in the new movie by Russell Crowe. Jor-El has made an appearance in almost every live action portrayal of his son, and many famous actors gave him face and voice. Marlon Brando, who appeared in three different movies (included a digital appearance in Superman Returns) is maybe the most famous Jor-El of all time, but with him we can cite also ex James Bond George Lazenby (Superboy), Terrence Stamp and Julian Sands (Smallville), and the first of them all, Nelson Leigh (Superman and Atom Man vs. Superman). Despite dying before Superman’s adventures begin, Jor-El has quite a story for himself.

At first, Jor-El was quite neglected by the authors, who referred to him briefly as “a scientist from dying planet Krypton who decided to save his only son by sending him to Earth“. In the years, many writers tried to tell also the story of Superman’s father, a story that went under a lot of retcons and retelling, but that can be summarize as it follows. Jor-Eljorelcomics1 was born inside one of the most ancient families on Krypton, the House of El, and was a direct descendant of mad scientist Kem-El, a xenophobic genius that created the Eradicator, an artificial intelligence programmed to mantain the purity of his race. Jor-El was very different from his ancestor, and made a name for himself being a progressive scientist and politician. When he was paired with Lara Lor-Van, the woman who was his best genetic match, Jor-El put up quite a scandal by requesting to meet her before having a child with her, believing in a kind of relationship going beyond simple chromosomes’ compatibility. Eventually, Jor-El and Lara fell in love, and they started to live together. They “created” a son fusing their cells, and the baby, named Kal-El, was put into an artificial whomb, the Matrix Chamber, in which he would have fully developed before the birth. Lara helped Jor-El in his work whenever she could, and the scientist became famous on Krypton after many inventions that changed the life of his people, first of all the Phantom Zone, a dimensional prison Jor-El was the architect of. Jor-El built it believing it was a more human way of incarcerating criminals, not knowing what kind of hell lurked beyond the Phantom Zones’ gates.
It was during his time as a renowned and celebrated scientist that Jor-El began to study, along with his friend and mentor Non, the strange plague that was affecting Krypton, the Green Death,andthe strange meteorological phenomena occuring in those days. With the help of Non and Lara, Jor-El found out that, deep in the core of the planet, Krypton was suffering from severe geological disturbances. These were caused by a lethal reaction started by criminal Black Zero, a reaction that created a new element that was disturbing the planet’s balance and was infecting the population. Jor-El immediately understood the risks of this ongoing process, and tried to speak to the Kryptonian Science Council, the planet’s government. The Council refused to listen to Jor-El and Non, and had them arrested for blasphemy: there was a sacred law that declared that the Council knew everything, and something like a global jorelcomics2catastrophe or simply a new element forming in the core of the planet couldn’t elude the Council’s attention. The two scientists were freed little after, with the command of staying silent about their “theories”, in order to avoid spreading panic, paranoia and discord. Non wasn’t able to stay silent, anyway, and, after speaking publicly about the upcoming disaster, he was lobotomized by the Council. Looking at what had happened to his friend, Jor-El chose to keep the terrible secret, warning only his brother and fellow scientist Zor-El. He refused the proposal of General Zod, a soldier who believed him and Non and that wanted to overthrow the Council to save the population: Jor-El wasn’t a violent man, and didn’t believe that a civil war was a travelable path, and was forced to report Zod to the Council and to exile him and his companion Ursa to the Phantom Zone. After the incident with Zod, Jor-El resigned to die with his planet, but wanted to save his son nevertheless. Searching for a suitable planet to send Kal-El to, one of his probes reached Earth: on this little planet, the probe was found by a man, Thomas Wayne, who, touching it, had his consciousness temporarily sent to Krypton. In here, Jor-El and Wayne met and spoke, thus convincing Jor-El that Earth was the right place to have his son grow up in. Along with Lara, he built a rocket in which he put, in addition to Kal-El himself, a recording of Kryptonian technology and culture, and an artificial pattern of his and his wife’s personalities. Jor-El and Lara shared their final moments as Kal-El’s ship flew away directed to Earth, and the planet exploded around them.

Jor-El is an extremely intelligent man, one of the top minds of his planet. He doesn’t have any special powers apart from his scientific genius, that allowed him to build servant robots and even a bio-support suit that slowed his aging process and allowed him to avoid eating, sleeping or drinking. He’s a pacific and noble man, who despises violence and firmly believes in knowledge and science. Despite this, he’s not as cold as other Kryptonians regarding personal relationships, and has developed a close bond of love and affection with his wife Lara and his newborn son Kal-El.



  1. […] Heyerdahl: this time, he was a villainous character, a corrupt councilman who loathed his brother Jor-El and who anthagonised him on everything, including his love for Lara Lor-Van; he appeared as a […]

  2. […] find a way to let her coscience follow her daughter’s progresses, similar to what Jor-El did with his son. This is Alura’s second live action appearance, as the first one was in the […]

  3. […] to Earth, a small blue planet far from them, on which they knew the son of Zor-El’s brother, Jor-El, had been sent prior to Krypton’s destruction. Kara said goodbye to her parents, and arrived […]

  4. […] in fact an alien probe, which transported his subconscious on planet Krypton. There, Thomas met Jor-El, a scientist who was looking for a suitable planet to send his only son Kal-El to, since Krypton […]

  5. […] scientist (there weren’t so many “good” scientists on Krypton apart from Jor-El, it seems…), a specialist in neurology from Argo City who disposed of groundbreaking […]

  6. […] Despite his really bad attitude, Dev-Em was one of the few Kryptonians who actually believed Jor-El‘s warning about the imminent planet destruction, and tried to save himself and his family […]

  7. […] I didn’t see coming: in the opening sequence of Man of Steel, while we’re following Jor-El‘s adventures on Krypton, we can see a robot helper always following the scientist, and […]

  8. […] energy: he built a nuclear missile, and wanted to test it on a passing space rock. Unfortunately, Jor-El, another famous scientist, was testing his own spaceship around the same orbit, and the […]

  9. […] Zone, Krypton exploded, killing everyone on it…except one, Kal-El, the infant son of Jor-El. Inside the Phantom Zone, Faora met other infamous criminals, such as General Zod and evil […]

  10. […] with Phil Morris taking up the role: in the tv series, he was an old friend and collaborator of Jor-El, who helped Clark Kent in the discovery of his Kryptonian origins on Earth, and followed him in […]

  11. […] unstable, and Krypton was about to explode; the Guardians, anyway, had forseen that the child of Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van, two scientists from the planet, would have become a genetically perfect […]

  12. […] that could imprisonate the Man of Steel’s enemies in the dimensional prison discovered by Jor-El, many Superman Robots, mechanical sentinels programmed to replace the original Superman when he […]

  13. […] an importand and enviable position. He had always been faithful to his duty, so, when scientists Jor-El and Non made their research about the forthcoming destruction of the planet, Zod, accompanied by […]

  14. […] After Jor-El, we’re now speaking of Superman‘s mother, Lara Lor-Van, who will be portrayed in the upcoming Man of Steel by Ayelet Zurer. As her husband, Lara appeared in a great number of live action portrayals, but her most famous one is still Susannah York‘s, who portrayed her in the first two movies of Richard Donner‘s and Richard Lester‘s series. The first Lara on screen is Aline Towne, who played her in the tv series Adventures of Superman, while the last one is former Supergirl actress Helen Slater, who appeared in Smallville. In every case, her portrayal has been similar to her comicbook’s appearance. […]

  15. […] Zero, the fact remains that Krypton was about to explode). Two scientists, man and wife, Jor-El and his beloving Lara Lor-Van, since they failed to convince the Kryptonian council of the […]

  16. […] turned out to be a Kryptonian himself, Kal-El, the son of renowned scientist Jor-El. Superman took Kandor from Brainiac’s ship, and after years of researches he managed to […]

  17. […] following the moon’s disappearance. Non enlisted in his think tank his best student, Jor-El, and together they led a thorough research…which brought them to completely unexpected and […]

  18. […] and stole it. Studying the ship, Vale found a recorded message from the alien’s father, Jor-El, that revealed the ultimate fate of Krypton, but he mistranslated it, and believed it contained the […]

  19. […] 5. Arrived on Earth after the destruction of Krypton, the Brain InterActive Construct built by Jor-El disguises himself as Professor Milton Fine and becomes a mentor for young Clark Kent, only to […]

  20. […] authority, condemned for heresy two of the planet’s most revered and esteemed scientists, Jor-El and Non, the Black Zero Unit was sent to capture them and to bring them in front of the Council […]

  21. […] wanting to study it…but the world was already on the verge of collapse. A local scientist, Jor-El, welcomed the explorer, but also urged him to leave Krypton as soon as possible; when Lar Gand […]

  22. […] his son will become, then an ally to Clark Kent, “cured” by his evil personality by Jor-El himself, then again a villain when his evil Earth-Two version replaces the deceased good Lionel […]

  23. […] with many others and brought to Earth by Lionel Luthor. She’s the one who fatally injures Jor-El‘s clone, and for this reason she’s executed by General Zod. She also appears in an […]

  24. […] to a girl named Nimda An-Dor, who became his wife. From her, Seyg-El had two children: a son, Jor-El, and a daughter, Kara Seyg-El. Just as sibling relationship, even the father and son one […]

  25. […] what happened to her (on Prime Earth, she keeps guiding her son as a hologram, much like the way Jor-El does with Superman). Now, let’s take a look to this secondary, but yet important character in […]

  26. […] version of the Fortress of Solitude, to become a hero under the guidance of his universe’s Jor-El. Of course, in the comics things wouldn’t be this easy, as Ultraman is pure evil incarnate. […]

  27. […] Rog-Ar used his stone on Quex-Ul, hypnotizing him into confessing to be the actual culprit. Jor-El, the man who was presiding the trial, facing a confession couldn’t do anything but sentence […]

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