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When Jor-El jumped to retrieve the codex he stripped off his outer clothes and wore a black "activity suit". My impression was that the SuperSuit was a customised version of this design (notice that many of the Kryptonians did indeed have cloaks). As to whether it's more modern - that's difficult to answer without knowing the details of Krypton's fashion, ...


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As is indicated in the film, native Kryptonians are born genetically pre-ordained to certain roles within their society based on the codex, and for Zod that was to be a military commander. Zod not only excels in this role, he relishes it, it is every fiber of his being and existence. His single purpose in life is to protect Kryptonian society, and bring ...


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Two people know where Kal'El lived. Kal'El himself and of course, Lois. The ship in which he came to Earth was suspected to contain the codex and Zod needed to pinpoint the location. So when you need a piece of information, you collect all possible sources of it. Both of them gave away the location making it clear and credible to Zod where Clark lived. Zod ...


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Just because Jor-El was a nerd doesn't mean he is a weakling. Jor-El is a skilled fighter and pilot in the comics. It doesn't matter what skills they possess, because in that scene you can see that Zod was surprised to see Jor-El do something so drastic. Zod was naive, in my opinion, even until the climax. He actually thought Kal-El would somehow give up ...


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As apparently a "good" list question can exist, here we go! Empire Online listed 15 Easter Eggs from the film. The following is almost directly lifted verbatim from the side, so I've put it all in a quotation block: There’s a Keep Calm And Call Batman poster hidden in the final fight The Utopia Casino sign hints towards another Superman villain......


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I think you're astute in your approximation, you've surely already pretty much nailed it in your answer. This was clearly a very emotional moment for the emergent Superman, not only for the reasons you've identified but also because Clark/Kal has just taken his first life. He is presented as being your average, everyday American boy. To commit what is ...


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From everything I can gather about the genesis of this Justice League movie is that it has been a long and arduous project. In 2007, the project was talked about and started slight development in order to start filming before the major writers strike. Due to this, it seems, the film was put on "indefinite hold". Further, they attempted to get some kind of ...


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(Shamelessly copied) from Kevin Howell's answer for the "How Does Superman Propel Himself?" question at SF&F SE: "I think the best explanation for all of Superman's powers is explained by The Unified Theory of Superman's Powers. It basically says that all of powers Superman has are possible if his power is the ability to manipulate, from atomic to ...


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A comic was released before the movie in which it was shown that a member of house El (Kara El) was on that space ship which was sent to explore other worlds thousands of years ago but crashed due to damage taken by it during fight between Kara Zor-El and Dev-Em which also explains presence of skeletons of kryptonions whose cryogenic pods were shut down by ...


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I personally don't believe the ship created the suit.... After Jor-El's death, Lara places his clothes (including the family crest or 'S' symbol) in a display case that closes up... I like to think the superman suit on the 18,000+ year old ship, was the clothing of one of the El family ancestors, that was part of the exploration into the stars and died in ...


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In contrast to kicker86's answer which presents many origin stories from the comics, I'd like to concentrate more on the actual movie, which for me presents its own reasons. In the movie Jor-El explains to his son (when he meets his digitized consciousness in the old ship on earth) that Krypton and its whole society have been corrupted over time in their ...


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Do these two films exist in the same universe under the same franchise? Yes, and it has been said many times. Such as from indianexpress: The movie is completely trackable on its own merit. That said, there a lot of fun little nods/homages/Easter eggs that can be enjoyed should one be caught up in the DCEU.”- Zachary Levi Even director discussed about ...


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I'd just say it is to seem like something fresh, a new take on an established role and thus using their lesser known (yet still common and recognizable by experts) nicknames rather than their original names, which have been used to great lengths already. Who wants to see yet another Superman or Batman movie nowadays? Instead Man of Steel or Dark Knight ...


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The Clark Kent at that period of time was not yet Superman. He was aware of his immense strength, hyper-senses and laser eyes. He certainly did not know he could fly, though he could jump quite high. Simply put, he was not aware of his true strength. Also, he mostly lived a secluded and mysterious life. Not being open about his powers was a choice which he ...


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Superman is not a killer, however capable he is of the deed, it's never his intention. In general Zod's case, he knew no other way to stop him but to kill him once he had him in the position to break his neck. Superman's evolution on earth had rendered him more powerful than Zod, but not as skilled of a fighter. After seeing no end to the constant ...


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theory: Kryptonians used artifical child births and created each individual specifically for a particular task. Seen as advanced they are at genetic modeling, they might also have overcome the aging and other problems through genetic means. edit: also, you can clearly see the change in Zod's appearance, especially in his white hair and goatee.


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Considering that Kryptonians do not have any actual power unless they're under a yellow sun, and also considering Zod and his gang are part of the Kryptonian army, it seems rather traditional and normal for these folks to be wearing armour. Towards the end of the movie, Zod gets rid of his armour in order to face Kal'el in their final battle, realizing that ...


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Well, we can presume that they could have hidden her by reducing the number of public appearances, a clever use of robes, seclusion(you can see that their home is kind of secluded) and not staying exactly in the city. To answer why Zod proclaimed it to be a heresy, please understand, that Kyptonian culture had come to endorse, proclaim and follow the ...


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Superman Director Zack Snyder had a marketing campaign arranged with the National Guard to promote their "Soldier of Steel" recruitment program. You can visit the website for the program here. http://www.soldierofsteel.com/ The marketing program was a join effort that allowed the produces of "Man of Steel" additional exposure for the film. I'm not sure ...


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Jor-El had discovered that the planet faced imminent destruction. The council however refuted or refused his claims. Zod takes note of how the Council has dismissed the claims and decides to overthrow the council as he feels that they are not governing properly. He felt that the council members are involved in petty politics, daily affairs and their own well ...


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I gave an explanation of the ending of Dawn of Justice that touches on this topic a bit. So far it's not entirely clear how Zach Snyder's Superman "works", but the idea here seems to be that the Kryptonians can heal from almost any damage -- as long as they're still alive. When Superman kills Zod in Man of Steel, he inflicts lethal damage on Zod in a very ...


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In a Screen Rant article with the title "Zack Snyder’s ‘Superman’ Not Based on Comics", Rob Keyes noted that director Zack Snyder has previously been known for making quite literal adaptations of his source material. But this film is different: With the Superman reboot however, Snyder will take a different route and will instead deliver a new origin ...


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There have been several reasons stated in the various eras of Superman - The classic version However, as time ran short, Jor-El soon found that he would only have enough time to build a spacecraft to save his son Kal-El. He decided to send Kal-El to Earth, realizing he would gain superhuman powers under Earth's more intense yellow sun and lower gravity. ...


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Zod does say at one point - "I was born a warrior. I have had a life of training and adapting" and he proceeds to hover. But the point is that, he was still learning to function in Earth's environment whereas Kal has 33 years to do the same thing. I think it is very safe to say Kal was more powerful than Zod. You may ask, how come the last fight took so ...


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This is Nolan's way of including Superman's weakness - Kryptonite. Instead of saying that one material from Krypton affects him, this is a better explanation or design. The planet itself is alien to Kal since he has been inhibiting Earth for 33 years. So when the environment changes he gets affected by it. Breathing was not the issue at all, pretty much ...


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My answer draws on the ideas that Zod is a trained entity vs Kal'el who is an untrained entity. Basically, a bit of history. Krypton is a planet with a Red star, because of this, the Kryptonians act and have the physique and abilities of normal humans. This is explained due to the level of radiation the star is giving off. Jor'El knew this about the ...


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This is answered in the film: Kal-El: Why didn't you come with me? Jor-El: We couldn't, Kal. No matter how much we wanted to. No matter how much we loved you. Your mother, Lara, and I were a product of the failures of our world as much as Zod was tied to its fate. In other words, Lara, Jor, Zod, and the rest are all genetically programmed in the ...


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I suspect that they were still in search of the codex, and Zod knew that she was the only one close enough to Kal-El to possibly have this information. This is why they scanned her brain.


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Kryptons sun was a low energy red star that made Kryptonians human like on their planet. When introduced to such a young, high energy yellow sun as Earths they become super-human. In both the Comics and LnC, it is stated that Clark's aging process slows down and stabilizes after reaching adulthood. Which I would assume applies to Zod also, as a Kryptonian ...


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The following is just a first start, not so much based on proper quotes from the responsible film-makers rather than common sense and the respective Wikipedia article on the movie. First and foremost the visual style of a movie is to a large degree up to its director and Zack Snyder has repeatedly shown his affinity towards darker and gloomier color tones, ...


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