Sending Kal-El to Earth
As their home planet was dying, Jor-El and his wife, Lara, sent their infant son, Kal-El, away from Krypton to Earth. Before sending him off, Jor-El stored the files of the Medusa virus in Kal-El's pod.
Powers and abilities
- Kryptonian physiology: Normally, like all Kryptonians, Jor-El's capabilities were no greater than a normal human of his physical conditioning. However, if he had been charged by the energy of a yellow sun metabolizing into his body, he would have become able to perform various inhuman feats. Ultimately though, this never happened as Jor-El was never exposed to a sun different to the Kryptonians' natural red one.
- Genius-level intellect/Master scientist: Jor-El was highly intelligent, being a well-respected scientist on Krypton and a member of the esteemed House of El.
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Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Jor-El of the House of El was a Kryptonian scientist and the father of Kal-El. He prophesied the destruction of Krypton, but was unable to convince the planet's High Council of the impending disaster. Thus, Jor-El was only able to build a rocket large to send Kal-El to safety on Earth. Jor-El and his wife, Lara, perished alongside every other Kryptonian when their planet exploded.
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