Jenet Kylburn

jenetklyburnfilmWith the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice released (it didn’t change my opinion about the movie, sorry), we finally know who Jena Malone was playing in the now reinserted deleted scenes… and no, she’s not Barbara Gordon, as it was heavily rumored. The actress is Jenet Kylburn, a scientist from S.T.A.R. Labs who’s contacted by Lois Lane to understand the nature of a weird bullet she found in Nairomi. The scientist cannot identify the yet-unknown Kryptonite, and she later reappears to examine Wallace Keefe‘s wheelchair after the bombing: she finds out the bomb in the chair was covered in lead, so that Superman was unable to see it. In the comics, she’s quite a minor character, who works in S.T.A.R. Labs as well, and who aids many heroes in her job. Let’s see together.

Jenet Kylburn was born in Metropolis, a very intelligent and gifted child who grew up to be one of the most relevant scientists of her time. Her talent didn’t go unnoticed, and Kylburn was soon hired by the local branch of S.T.A.R. Labs, working under founder and director Albert Michaels‘ wing. Michaels taught much to Jenet, and she assisted him in helping the city’s hero, Superman, in many of his adventures. She even met other renowned geniuses, such as Will Magnus, whom she befriended (years later, she would have been by Magnus’ side when he unveiled to the world his “children”, the artificial heroes Metal Men). She gained the respect of all her colleagues, of the scientific community and even the superheroes with her discoveries, her remarkable intellect and her honesty, imposing herself as the most promising young genius in S.T.A.R. Labs… and this came in handy when her life was completely turned upside down. Her friend and mentor Albert Michaels was exposed as the Atomic Skull, the jenetklyburncomics1supervillain leader of the organization Skull (that he had worked for since long before obtaining superpowers). Now without a director, the Labs turned to her looking for a new guidance, and Jenet Klyburn accepted to become the new director of one of the widest scientific research holdings in the world. Being the leader of S.T.A.R. Labs, she kept directing them the way they were supposed to be, acting as a propeller for humanity’s evolution, and always at disposal for helping the heroes with their scientific problems: as one of her first acts as a director, she helped the New Titans and rebuilt Cyborg‘s damaged body.

With much more responsibilities then before, Kylburn started dividing her time between Metropolis and New York City, putting her expertise at her labs’ service. In one of these travels she met Josiah Powers, the metahuman businessman in charge of the Powers Company (which was not-so-secretly helping the superhero Firestorm), and she formed a cooperation with him, joining forces to serve their common goals and values; the alliance continued even after Josiah was sent to a coma by a gunshot. As a personal touch to her direction of S.T.A.R. Labs, she promoted the hiring of young female talents, who with time became some of the best scientists of the Labs: Kitty FaulknerSarah Charles and Tina McGee owned all their careers to Jenet’s policy. When the mercenary Shockwave broke into the Metroplis labs and stole from the radiation section a chunk of experimental “super Kryptonite”, Jenet decided that the superhero community could return one of the many favors she had given them over the years, and she enlisted the reluctant hero Blue Devil for help (she obviously didn’t ask Superman, since she didn’t want him to know that S.T.A.R. Labs were developing an even more powerful version of the only natural poison that could damage him). The Blue Devil gave the help he was asked to, jenetklyburncomics2and he battled Shockwave: despite the two superhumans’ powers nearly matched, eventually the mercenary escaped, leaving behind the Super-K and allowing S.T.A.R. Labs to retrieve it. Kylburn, grateful, returned the favor by helping the Blue Devil remove his costume, bonded to his skin: from that moment, Blue Devil started “working” for S.T.A.R. Labs as a hero on call of sorts. When Jenet was diagnosed a cancer, she finally faced the one enemy no hero could save her from… but she would have never given up, and she continued her work despite her apparently inevitable approaching death.

Jenet Kylburn is a brilliant woman, one of the greatest scientific geniuses of her time. She’s also an idealistic woman who aims to the improvement of the entire human race, and she dedicates her scientific achievements to this; despite working side by side with superheroes, her work sometimes puts her on a different path than theirs, but she doesn’t cower away from what she believes to be her duty, regardless of the public opinion or even of her friends’ opinion. After all, a better future for humanity is in her hands.


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  1. […] physiology. When the villainous Psimon attacked the Labs to free his teammate Jinx, he manipulated Dr. Jenet Klyburn to release Neutron as well, making him a member of the new incarnation of the Fearsome Five. A […]

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