"You had another family?"
"We were genetically matched. That's how unions were formed for thousands of years on Krypton...and then I met your father. We fell in love and ended my relationship with Zeta-Rho. Jor-El and I shared a vision for a better world. I gave birth to you, and then your father and I, when we decided to send you to Earth, we hoped you would live that vision."
—Lara to Kal-El[src]

Lara Lor-Van (died 1979) was a scientist of Krypton. She is the mother of Kal-El and Tal-Rho and the wife of the late Jor-El and the ex-wife of the late Zeta-Rho.

Biography

Original multiverse

Early life

Lara was born on the planet Krypton and became a scientist after reaching adulthood. She fell in love with a fellow scientist named Jor-El, whom she later married. Lara gave birth to a son, Kal-El, in 1979.[1]

Krypton's explosion

Lara Lor-Van and Jor-El send their son to Earth.

"My cousin, Kal-El, was sent to a planet called Earth. for his own safety and protection. You may know his story. The story you don't know is that I was sent to protect him."
Kara Zor-El[src]

Not long after their son's birth, Lara and Jor-El sent Kal-El to Earth to save him from Krypton's impending destruction.[1] An ice sculpture in the Fortress of Solitude was crafted in Lara's image.[2]

New multiverse

Arranged marriage

At some point, Lara followed the ancient Kryptonian tradition of being matched genetically to a mate and married a man named Zeta-Rho, they later had a son named Tal-Rho. When Lara met Jor-El she fell in love and left Zeta-Rho to be with him. Lara spent years working on a device called Eradicator that would contain the consciousness of Krypton’s people as a way to ensure the survival of their culture.[3]

Saving Kal-El

Like in the original multiverse, not long after Kal-El's birth, Lara and Jor-El sent him to Earth to save him from Krypton's impending destruction.[4] Like Jor-El, a crystal containing Lara's consciousness was supposed to be sent with Kal-El to help guide him on Earth but it was stolen by Zeta-Rho as revenge for leaving him.[3]

Possessing Lana

In 2021, the consciousness of Lara was transferred to Lana Lang Cushing via the X-Kryptonite machine manned by Dr. Dabney Donovan, allowing Superman to ask for her help in undoing the effects of the Eradicator, which had since been used by Morgan Edge to build an army. She stated that she could, though it would require an immense energy source. Lara talked to her son and learned about his life and family since living on Earth; she also confirmed to Clark that she indeed had another family before him and Jor-El, Zeta-Rho and their son Tal-Rho, as he had previously learned that Edge was actually his half-brother. Their conversation was cut short by Edge seeking yet another confrontation with Superman, and she was left with the military to seek a sufficient energy source. Unfortunately, they were unable to acquire one, forcing Superman to retreat from Edge and his Subjekts in order to take the Eradicator and power it with a solar flare. As a consequence of their success, Lara's consciousness left Lana's body alongside the other victims of the Eradicator.[3]

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • Kryptonian physiology: Like all Kryptonians, Lara's capabilities while exposed to the natural red sun of Krypton were no greater than a normal human of her physical conditioning. However, had she been charged by the energy of a yellow sun metabolizing into her body, Lara would have been able to perform the same superhuman feats as other off-world Kryptonians.

Abilities

  • Genius-level intellect/Master scientist: Lara was highly intelligent, being one of the most renowned scientists on Krypton. She was able to create the Eradicator, something which even Jor-El didn't understand.[3]

Appearances

Supergirl

Season 1

Season 2

Season 5

Superman & Lois

Season 1

Comics

Adventures of Supergirl

Behind the scenes

  • Lara Lor-Van debuted in the Superman comic strip (1939), where she was first named Lora. Her first comic book appearance, after being mentioned in the text novel The Adventures of Superman (1942), where she was named Lara for the first time, was in More Fun Comics #101 (1945).
  • Lara was referred to as Lara Van-El in Supergirl before being changed to Lara Lor-Van in Superman & Lois.
    • Given the similarities and the naming patterns of Kryptonians, Lara Van-El is Lara's remarried name, since Lara's past life and prior marriage was secret even to Kal-El until revealed by Tal-Rho.

References

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