Dru-Zod

General Zod“Kneel before Zod!!!!” I think everyone has heard at least once this line in his/her life. General Dru-Zod has become quite a remarkable villain especially after Terence Stamp‘s portrayal in Superman: The Movie and Superman II, so in the next Man of Steel the new actor, Michael Shannon, will have to do quite a job to make the audience forget Stamp. Zod also appeared in the long-running tv series Smallville, this time portrayed by Callum Blue (who sometimes imitated Stamp’s version of the character). So, let’s see together who he is in the comics.

A direct descendant of Admiral Zod, one of Krypton historical heroes, General Dru-Zod served as the leader of the military security defense of the Kryptonian Science Council, 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 his generalzodcomics1lieutenant Ursa, broke into their lab and arrested them for heresy (declaring that the Council had missed something as important as a global catastrophe was pure blasphemy, and moreover the scientists was creating panic among the population). Soon after the arrest, anyway, Zod learnt that Jor-El was right, and decided to support him and Non informing the population. When Non was lobotomized by the Council, Zod lost a precious ally and a friend, and decided to start a violent rebellion against the Council itself. Jor-El was a pacifist, and didn’t support Zod’s initiative, while the General had already put up his mind that violence was the only solution left to save the planet and avenge Non. Along with Ursa, Zod broke into the Council chambers and slaughtered five members of the government, but he was arrested before he could complete his quest. With the little influence he was left with, Jor-El convinced the remaining Councelors to spare Zod’s life, demanding and obtaining, for him and his accomplices, exile. Before being sent to the dimensional prison known as the Phantom Zone, Zod, seeing Jor-El as a coward for his stubborn refusal of joining his cause, swore vengeance against the whole House of El, with the popular words: “You will kneel before me, Jor-El. Both you and one day…your heirs!” Ironically, it was Jor-El’s decision that saved the lives of Zod, Ursa and Non, since, while they were trapped in the Phantom Zone, Krypton exploded, leaving but one survivor: baby Kal-El, son of Jor-El.

While in the immaterial Phantom Zone, Zod and ursa found a fragment of Fort Rozz, a Kryptonian prison, floating in their jail: the structure was there due to a projection error, and inside it Zod and his allies were able to mantain a generalzodcomics2physical form. Taking advantage of this unexpected situation, Zod and Ursa conceived a son, Lor-Zod, a real Kryptonian born inside the Phantom Zone. Zod wasn’t interested in a family, and abused his son often, seeing him only as a vessel for his freedom. When the boy grew up, in fact, Zod built a rocket for him and sent his son to Earth with it (on Earth he would have met Kal-El, now the hero known as Superman, but Kal-El became for Lor-Zod the father figure he never had, thus spoiling Dru-Zod’s plans). Using the track left by his son to escape, Zod and Ursa, along with Non, came out of the Phantom Zone, and immediately went to Earth, in order to take revenge on Jor-El’s son. Once there, the three Kryptonians easily overpowered Superman with their newly found superpowers and sent him to the Phantom Zone in a cruel reataliation. With its most powerful hero missing, Earth was easily enslaved, and Zod started to rebuild Krypton on the planet. Something unexpected happened, as Lor-Zod betrayed his father and saved Superman, who managed to defeat the three Kryptonians thanks to the unforseenable help of his nemesis Lex Luthor (who had a lot of anti-Kryptonian technology created for destroying Superman himself) and to send them back to the Phantom Zone. From that day, Zod had tried to take his revenge many times, representing one of the universe’s bigger threats.

General Dru-Zod is a strong and determined man, who strongly believes in a philosophy according to which the stronger ones are meant to rule over the weakest. Being a soldier, he doesn’t despise violence, quite the opposite, he considers it the best way to solve a problem. As a Kryptonian, Zod gains incredible powers under the radiations of a yellow sun, such as superhuman physical attributes (strength, speed, stamina, resistance and so on), flight, the ability of shooting heat beams from his eyes, freezing breath, and much more. Zod is also a well trained combatant (differently from Superman, who, growing up with his powers, never needed to learn how to fight) and a genius strategist. His violent and aggressive nature made Zod a formidable treath for all the known universe, a man with the same powers of Superman, without his moral code.

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  3. […] to act on her own: she obtained one of Brainiac’s drones that were succesfully destroyed by General Zod‘s army, and started studying it, looking for the secret of the alien’s technology. She […]

  4. […] of faith, when Clark seeks a voice of wisdom in order to decide if he’s supposed to accept General Zod‘s requests or not. In the comics, Leone acts as an advisor and a friend to the Man of Steel, […]

  5. […] of Steel. Today we have the last Kryptonian (if I didn’t miss anybody else) composing General Zod‘s army: Car-Vex, portrayed by Samantha Jo. In the movie, she never leaves the ship like […]

  6. […] post something about them. Let’s start with Nadira, one of the Kryptonians arrived with General Zod on Earth after 300 hundred years of prison in the Phantom Zone. In the movie, she has little […]

  7. […] was featured in Smallville portrayed by Leonard Roberts. He appeared in Season Five as one of General Zod‘s disciples, wrecking havoc with his companion Aethyr and preparing the way of return for […]

  8. […] speaking of Tor-An, portrayed on screen by Richard Cetrone. In the movie, he’s one of General Zod‘s followers, who participates to the riot on Krypton with him and is subsequently condemned […]

  9. […] of Steel, the army of General Zod‘s followers is a real mine of cameos. For a start, we’ll begin from the one who looks […]

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  11. […] to some more of the characters featured in the film. For first, we’ll speak about one of General Zod‘s Kryptonian followers, the scientist Jax-Ur, portrayed in the movie by Mackenzie Gray. This […]

  12. […] a Pocket Universe created by Time Trapper, but he was ultimately killed by Kryptonians criminals General Zod, Quex-Ul and Zaora when the three of them, freed by Lex Luthor, went on a killing spree decimating […]

  13. […] In the movie, she’ll be portrayed by Antje Traue and she’ll be a loyal servant to General Zod. The character made her live action debut in the eight season of Smallville tv series: she first […]

  14. […] by Brian Austin Greene, John Corben becomes the not-always villainous cyborg Metallo when Major Zod‘s army makes some experiments on him. Let’s see who he is in the […]

  15. […] seemingly killing him. In reality, he was teleported to the Phantom Zone, where evil Kryptonian General Zod brainwashed him and made him an ally of his: the two together battled and defeated Green Lantern […]

  16. […] so far, in the tv show Smallville. In here, he was a Kryptonian genetic experiment, born from Zod‘s and Faora‘s DNA, sent on Earth and disguised as the human Davis Bloome. He was […]

  17. […] his studies on Kryptonian physiology allowed the world to defend itself against criminals such as General Zod and other Kryptonians. His incredible mind is unfortunately held by a fragile psyche, and folly is […]

  18. […] 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 […]

  19. […] Goblin, but his dark self is Venom; Superman‘s nemesis is Lex Luthor, but his dark self is General Zod. Well, Green Arrow’s dark self is the man known as Merlyn. When he was simply known […]

  20. […] civilizations. From Krypton City the Military Guild sent the most capable high-ranking officer, General Dru-Zod, to organize Kandor’s defense, and Gor served bravely under him, saving as many civilians as […]

  21. […] Mur was among the many soldiers called to the city’s defense, an army led by the heroic General Zod, who managed to evacuate as many citizens as possible before Brainiac won the battle and shrank […]

  22. […] The Movie, portrayed by Jack O’Halloran, where he was a mindless yet strong underling of General Zod, sent to the Phantom Zone along with his boss and Ursa…only to be accidentally freed […]

  23. […] the field, in order to oppose the coming of Darkseid…all of this before being killed by General Zod. A different version of Waller was introduced in the Green Lantern movie, where she was played […]

  24. […] creature was captured by Avruiskin of Pokolistan, the dictator who had named himself after General Zod, and who kept him to torture and beat somebody resembling Superman. The real Superman intervened, […]

  25. […] nature after. He’s behind many of the series’ misfortunes, including the return of General Zod and Doomsday, but he’s eventually sent to the XXXI Century to be reprogrammed in a more […]

  26. […] by Sarah Douglas: in the prologue on Krypton, she was arrested along with her master and lover General Zod and exiled in the Phantom Zone. In Superman II she is accidentally released by Superman […]

  27. […] the one who fatally injures Jor-El‘s clone, and for this reason she’s executed by General Zod. She also appears in an alternate future in which Kandorians conquered Earth, but even this version […]

  28. […] to him, and told him that the Kryptonian Empire had sent one of their greatest warlords, Admiral Zod, to conquer their planet, and that his militia had destroyed everything to make Rinoti a new […]


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