The inhabitants of the planet Krypton.
- "For one hundred thousand years, our civilization flourished, accomplishing wonders."— Jor-El
A race and civilization originating from the planet Krypton. They became critically endangered when the planet exploded.
- Ancient Astronauts: Kryptonians were once a flourishing society and sought to expand themselves in the vastness of space a long time before the human civilization even started, but these grandiose projects died out once artificial breeding was established and when they didn't manage to find new resources.
- Explorers from a Kryptonian space program crash-landed on Earth sometime during the Stone Age. The Man of Steel Prequel comic book implies that their spacecraft's arrival showed up in the mythologies of some early humans.
- Zod and his crew sought ancient Kryptonian outposts in space once they were freed from the Phantom Zone.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Kryptonians can survive and breathe into the vaccum of space without problem, provided they're exposed to a yellow sun.
- Bold Explorers: At the apex of their civilization, Kryptonians were prolific space explorers, but by Jor-El's time it's a long bygone era.
- Creative Sterility: By the time of Kal-El's birth, Kryptonians were long past their former glory and found no other solution than harvesting the planet's core to compensate for their dying resources. Jor-El points out they could have found other ways to revive their society without resorting to this, like expanding in space again or abandoning artificial breeding.
- Crystal Spires and Togas: Though hardly the crystal-encrusted world shown in previous Superman medias, the Kryptonian society is a "neo-medieval" one, with Jor-El, Zod and others wearing armor, capes, and robes over their supersuit-esque bodysuits.
- Designer Babies: At some point, Kryptonians abandoned natural reproduction and started genetically engineering babies to fit specific roles in society without giving the babies any freedom of choice for their future. That social engineering got so radical that Zod views Jor-El's choice to conceive his child naturally as "heresy".
- Doomed Hometown: They doomed their own native planet by harvesting its core.
- Dying Race: There were only a few remaining known Kryptonians after the planet's explosion. After the Battle of Metropolis, the chances to revive the race are even more meager due to Kal-El being practically the Last of His Kind (until the Supergirl film project gets off the ground, that is).
- Fantastic Caste System: Kryptonians aren't merely sorted into a guilds system (leaders, soldiers, scientists, etc.); they are genetically engineered and raised within these guilds. Kal-El represents the ultimate rebellion against this system; he is Krypton's first natural-born child in centuries, and he is able to choose his own path.
- Higher-Tech Species: Their technology is the most advanced in the DCEU so far, with the possible exception of the New Gods.
- Holograms: Kryptonians use holograms that look like they're made of shapeshifting liquid metal.
- Human Aliens: Nothing can distinguish them from humans visually.
- Long-Lived: They seem to age slower than humans, given how Zod and his crew look the same after 33 years.
- Phantom Zone: As usual, the Trope Namer. The main Kryptonian way of banishing those guilty of high treason is to send them in the dimension called "Phantom Zone".
- Plasma Cannon: Kryptonian guns are basically this.
- Superpower Lottery: A yellow sun, such as the one in the Earth's solar system, has tremendous effects on the Kryptonians' biology, heightening their strength, speed and senses dramatically. They also gain separate abilities, such as the power to fly, see through opaque objects, and project thick beams of heat from their eyes, as well as becoming virtually impenetrable to most weapons.
- Superior Species: By far the most powerful species seen in the DC Extended Universe thus far, even ignoring their superpowers. Zod's ships and his World Engine were a greater threat to humanity than actual gods such as Ares, Enchantress, and Steppenwolf, and his crew consisted of a couple dozen criminals using essentially jury-rigged civilian gear. Lex Luthor later used a Kryptonian ship's genesis chamber to genetically engineer Doomsday, who was, again, on par with or far stronger than the aforementioned gods. One can only imagine what marvels Krypton could deploy at its height, when there were still billions of them.
- Uterine Replicator: Kryptonian babies are conceived in genesis chambers. Kal-El is the first Kryptonian in centuries not to be born this way.
Kryptonian Service Robots
Species: Machines / Artificial intelligences
Played by: Carla Gugino (voice of Kelor), Rondel Reynoldson (voice of Kelex)
Dubbed by: Emmannuelle Bondeville (Kelor, European French)
Appearances: Man of Steel | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Justice League
Robots created by Kryptonians to assist and aid in various tasks. The House of El has two of them, named Kelex and Kelor.
- Battle Butler: Some models have offensive capacities such as Combat Tentacles, like the one Kal-El/Clark and Lois Lane encounter inside the Kryptonian scout ship on Earth.
- Blinded by the Light: Kelex blinds Zod's men with a flash, allowing Jor-El to gain the upper hand on them and go after the Codex.
- Hologram: They can generate liquid metal-like holograms in 3D on their screen/face.
- Hover Mecha: They hover to move around.
- Robot Buddy: They provide "videophone" communications and various other types of assistance to Kryptonians. For instance, Kelex visualizes Lara Lor-Van's beating heart and baby Kal-El in 3D as he's about to come out of Lara's womb, and Kelor helps Jor-El and Lara in selecting a new home (Earth) for Kal-El.
- Video Phone: They can be used for communications, generating the interlocutor's face through the above-mentioned holograms.
House of El
Affiliation(s): House of El, Kryptonian Thinker Guild
Played by: Russell Crowe
Dubbed by: Octavio Rojas (Latin-American Spanish), Jordi Boixaderas (European Spanish), Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese), Emmanuel Jacomy (European French), Pierre Auger (Canadian French)
Appearances: Man of Steel
- "That's what this symbol means. The symbol of the House of El means 'Hope'."
Krypton's greatest scientist, he warned the Council about the dangers of interfering with their planet's core—and when they did it anyway, warned them about the imminent implosion. He was ignored again, so he sent his natural-born son Kal-El to Earth with the Kryptonian Codex.
- Action Dad: Quite possibly the most badass character in the film from when he exchanges blows with Zod to defend his newborn son to even his Virtual Ghost being pretty awesome as well.
- Adaptational Badass: The most actionized version of Jor-El to date.
- And Starring: In Man of Steel's CBB.
- Badass Beard: His beard is fairly impressive.
- Badass Boast: On behalf of his son.Jor-El: (to Zod) My son is twice the man you were.
- Badass Bookworm: He was genetically designed to be a scientist, not a fighter. Despite that, he does a great job battling Zod and his forces.
- Big Good: Of Man of Steel. Jor-El sent Kal-El to Earth along with the Codex so Kal could re-build Krypton's civilization with humans and Kryptonians coexisting peacefully, counterbalancing Zod's intentions to re-build the long-dead Krypton by wiping the humans out.
- Bling of War: While Zod and his army sport Power Armor that looks more utilitarian and intimidating, Jor-El's personal armor looks like it was created by an artisan.
- Cassandra Truth: He advised the Council to not drill into Krypton's core as it would destabilize it and cause the planet's destruction, but they didn't listen to him.
- Combat Pragmatist: Allows Zod's men to take him into custody, then uses a flash bang to gain the advantage on them. Then, while defending Kal's pod, he averts Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? with two of Zod's henchmen, then proceeds to repeatedly punch and slam Zod's fresh facial gash into hard surfaces.
- Comes Great Responsibility: Though his primary concern is his son's survival, he's not ignorant of the implications Kal-El's superpowers will have on Earth, so his Virtual Ghost tells him to live in humanity's service. Though Clark was already helping people of his own accord, but not yet as a career.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He wears dark clothing like most Kryptonians.
- Death by Adaptation: While he dies during the destruction of Krypton in many adaptations, he gets killed by Zod shortly before said event, leaving his wife Lara to die alone.
- Et Tu, Brute?: The feeling is mutual between him and Zod. Jor-El thought that Zod wasn't as good as he was back in the day, while Zod felt betrayed for Jor-El not helping him in the rebellion.
- Genius Bruiser: Despite being of an elite bloodline of the intellectual caste, Jor-El trounces Kryptonian soldiers left and right, and even wins in a Powered Armor brawl with Zod.
- Ignored Expert: It wouldn't be the Superman mythos without Jor-El's apocalyptic portents being curtly ignored. Every single fallacy Jor-El finds in Krypton is real. Especially the big one.
- Nerves of Steel: He keeps his composure under more or less all circumstances, whether it's taking on Zod and two of his soldiers (and winning) to protect his son, or his Virtual Ghost instructing Lois on how to escape and (thereafter) destroy the World Engine and send Zod's forces back to the Phantom Zone.
- Papa Wolf: Jor-El, a man who was engineered to be a scientist by Krypton's geneticists, is the first father of a natural-born baby in eons, and he armors up to take on General Zod.
- Patrick Stewart Speech: He gives quite a few inspiring speeches about humans to Clark/Kal-El, telling him he will guide them on a hopeful path and help them accomplish wonders.
- Redemption Equals Death: Jor-El's holographic avatar explains to an adult Clark that both he and Lara felt responsible for Krypton's decline, and chose not to accompany their son to Earth so that he would be free to grow on his own where they would have been as bound by their programming as the rest of their kind.
- Science Hero: Was one of Krypton's premiere scientists.
- Virtual Ghost: He left an imprint of his consciousness on the Kryptonian key he sent to Earth with his son.
Affiliation(s): House of El, Kryptonian Thinker Guild
Played by: Ayelet Zurer
Dubbed by: Cony Madera (Latin-American Spanish), Esther Solans (European Spanish), Yuko Izumi (Japanese), Hélène Bizot (European French), Marina Orsini (Canadian French)
Appearances: Man of Steel
- "His name is Kal, son of El! And he is forever beyond your reach!"
The wife of Jor-El and mother of Kal-El.
- Aerith and Bob: "Jor" sounds like it could come from another planet than Earth. "Lara" doesn't.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She possess a calm and collected demeanor, and it shows while keeping a Tranquil Fury aura when she's watching Zod and co. getting sentenced.
- The Beautiful Elite: Given her ability to preside over Zod's sentencing with Krypton's ruling High Council, she and her husband clearly belonged to one of the most highly-ranked castes in the Kryptonian civilization, and she herself had the looks to match it.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Like her husband and most Kryptonians, she wears dark clothing.
- Face Death with Dignity: As Krypton exploded, she didn't panic or futilely try to seek shelter.
- Happily Married: To Jor-El.
- Mama Bear: She does everything she can to protect her son from Zod.
- Nerves of Steel: While she occasionally sheds a tear or two, she remains almost perpetually unflappable even when staring down a ruthless, insane Supersoldier like Zod.
- Redemption Equals Death: According to Jor-El, they both decided they bore too much responsibility for the failures of Krypton's totalitarian society to escape its fate.
- Satellite Character: To Jor-El.
- Science Heroine: Along with her husband Jor-El. They secretly give birth to Krypton's first naturally-conceived child in centuries, imbue him with the genetic code of their race and organize his exodus so that he can usher in a new beginning for their race in harmony with the Earthlings.
- Screaming Birth: She screams while naturally giving birth to Kal-El.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She's kind and caring, but doesn't back down when threatened by Zod.
- Undying Loyalty: To her husband Jor-El.
- Watching Troy Burn: When Krypton begins to explode, she stands alone at her balcony and calmly but sadly watches the destruction.
- See his character page.
Affiliation(s): House of El, Kryptonian Explorer Guild
Appearances: Man of Steel Prequel
The pride of the House of El some thousands of years before Krypton's doom. She departs the planet to participate in a campaign of expansion on behalf of the Explorer Guild by terraforming a foreign planet and introducing a Kryptonian population. However, in an attempt to cover up his lack of an execution, Kryptonian councilors smuggle the insane murderer Dev-Em onto her ship; he kills her crew during their cryogenic sleep and diverts the ship toward the Sol system.
Kara wakes up from cold sleep ten years after departing and ends up fighting Dev-Em. The damage sustained by the ship from the battle between the two newly-empowered Kryptonians causes it to crash somewhere on Earth, in Canada, where it ends up buried under the ice over the course of thousands of years. And sometime during Kal-El/Clark Kent's adulthood, the ship begins emitting a distress signal...
- Adaptation Deviation: The original comics Kara Zor-El is Superman's cousin. Here she is a distant ancestor of his. Most importantly, nothing indicates whether she will become Supergirl or not. It also depends on her lifespan on Earth, since the crash happens some thousands of years before Krypton's destruction and Kal-El's arrival on Earth, and on the chances of a Supergirl film being made.
- Age Lift: Usually depicted as Superman's cousin; here, she is his kinswoman who was born thousands of years earlier.
- All There in the Manual: The only medium to show her so far is the prequel comic book released by Wal-Mart.
- Bold Explorer: Her job is to explore new worlds to see if they're worth being terraformed to settle Kryptonian colonies.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: She has a dream of flying before waking up in the Sol system.
- Dreaming the Truth: She dreams of saving the life of Kell-Ur, who then tells her who murdered him.
- Empowered Badass Normal: She was a badass before ever coming into contact with yellow sunlight, as she demonstrates during her two fights with Dev-Em.
- Flight of Romance: As she recollects her memories after Kell-Ur's death, she remembers the both of them flying on genetically engineered beasts and talking about exploring the universe as lovers.
- Good-Looking Privates: She's quite attractive, to say the least.
- Never Found the Body: She is absent from Man of Steel itself and her fate after the crash-landing was ambiguous. Something that would support the idea that she survived in the Fortress of Solitude is that there are several pods opened containing Kryptonian skeletons, and one that is suspiciously empty. Provided the comics is not Loose Canon.
House of Zod
- See Kryptonian Invaders for his character page.
Kryptonian Law Council
The Kryptonian Law Council
Film appearances: Man of Steel
Other appearances: Man of Steel Prequel
A council formed of five selected individuals from each one of the the five Guilds of Krypton to function as legislators and rulers for the planet.
- Cool Chair: They sit on elaborate thrones with seemingly endless chairbacks and Kryptonian inscriptions on the wall behind.
- Cool Crown: The Council's members wear very elaborate Kryptonian headdresses.
- Ignore The Expert: The Council ignored Jor-El's apocalyptic portents about Krypton's impending doom.
- Obstructive Zealots: They did not listen to Jor-El's advice, which led the Kryptonian race to its doom.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Due to Krypton's energy reserves being exhausted, they decided to harvest the planet's core without thinking about the consequences instead of seeking other worlds to colonize.
- We Did What We Had to Do: While being called out by Jor-El for ignoring his warnings, they told him their energy reserves are dangerously low, and that there was no other options and they refuse to evacuate and colonize off-planet even now.
High Eminence Lor-Em
Affiliation(s): House of Em, Kryptonian Mediator Guild, Kryptonian Law Council
Played by: Julian Richings
Dubbed by: Humberto Vélez (Latin-American Spanish)
Appearances: Man of Steel
- "General Zod. For the crimes of murder and high treason, the Council has sentenced you and your fellow insurgents to 300 cycles of somatic reconditioning. Do you have any last words?"
A member of the Kryptonian Law Council who acts as its representative during the planet's final days. He replaces Ro-Zar as High Eminence after her murder by Zod.
- Abusive Precursors: His ancestor Dev-Em (Man of Steel Prequel) was a murderer.
- All There in the Manual: His name is never pronounced on screen.
- Canon Foreigner: He doesn't exist in the comics.
- Cool Crown: Wears a very elaborate Kryptonian headdress for his Council duties, and another one during Zod's trial.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He perishes when Krypton explodes at the beginning of Man of Steel.
High Eminence Ro-Zar
Affiliation(s): House of Zar, Kryptonian Mediator Guild, Kryptonian Law Council
Played by: Mary Black
Dubbed by: Magda Giner (Latin-American Spanish)
Appearances: Man of Steel
The High Eminence of the Kryptonian Law Council during the planet's final days. She ends up murdered by General Zod as part of his coup.
- All There in the Manual: Her name is never pronounced on screen.
- Canon Foreigner: She doesn't exist in the comics.
- Cool Crown: She wears a very elaborate Kryptonian headdress for her Council duties.
- Famous Last Words: Just before Zod kills her.Zod: This council has been disbanded.
Ro-Zar: On whose authority?
Zod: Mine. (blasts her)
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She is shot dead by Zod during his coup mere seconds after being introduced onscreen.
Affiliation(s): House of Ur, Kryptonian Explorer Guild
Appearances: Man of Steel Prequel
A Kryptonian pilot and explorer who lived at the same time as Kara Zor-El a few thousands of years before the destruction of Krypton and took part to her exploration campaigns on behalf of the Explorer's Guild.
- Black Dude Dies First: He is the first character to die in the Man of Steel Prequel comics.
- Bold Explorer: Like Kara, his job is to explore new worlds to see if they're worth being terraformed to settle Kryptonian colonies.
- Canon Foreigner: He hasn't appeared in any comics prior to the DC Extended Universe.
- Flight of Romance: As Kara recollects her memories after Kell-Ur's death, she remembers the both of them flying on genetically engineered beasts and talking about exploring the universe as lovers.
- Love Interest: He is romantically involved with Kara.
- Multicultural Alien Planet: Him having an African-like appearance is another clue (along with Car-Vex) that Krypton's population might have been as ethnically diverse as the Earth.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies within the first five pages of the Man of Steel Prequel comics, falling off a cliff after being bitten by a snake.