KNEEL BEFORE ERIK-EL!
I know. I posted about this yesterday but you never let a good topic go.
Here was my prediction about the upcoming Superman movie, “Man of Steel,” two weeks ago:
...the new trailer reinforces the notion: In the new Superman movie, Krypton, Kal-El's homeworld, lives. It doesn't blow up.
I gave evidence from various sources, including the trailers, particularly the “Zod message” trailer, in which Zod (Michael Shannon) requests that the people of Earth “return [Superman] to my custody.” My thought was always: return to ... where? Where is Zod? Where does he expect to go with Kal-El? Where if not ... back to Krypton?
That was my assumption but no one bought into it. It was like I was Jor-El, but reversed. Jor-El warned the Kryptonian Science Council that Krypton was about to explode and they all laughed at him. I was Erik-El, telling the Earth Science-Fiction Council that Krypton was not about to explode, and no one could see the logic. Here's my friend Tim—now Timonian Elder #2:
Timonian Elder #2: ... it does make Superman remaining on Earth a question if/when he finds out there's still a planet back home. I think it'd be a bit much to leave that question at the end, but it's an interesting thought.
Here's Myriam, now Mynd-Ah:
Mynd-Ah: I can't wrap my brain around a concept that Krypton still exists. It's possible there was a battle taking place as the planet was dying from within. Because if Krypton still existed, why would Superman stay on Earth all the time? He'd want to go “home” to his people, right?
Superman fan Oliver Willis assumed a different end to Krypton but an end nonetheless:
@eriklundegaard i think theyre going with the version in which krypton was attacked/destroyed by braniac— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 17, 2013
Even the Superman Homepage shrugged:
@eriklundegaard I think it blows up. I don't know for sure, but I guess we'll find out in just under 2 months.— Superman Homepage (@SupermanHomepge) April 17, 2013
And now? In Entertainment Weekly? The truth is revealed:
In this iteration, Clark Kent's heroic tendencies would rise to the surface only when the threat was great enough. It would have to be a global menace — one that might also trigger an internal conflict about whether he belongs on Earth even as he yearns to be among his own kind. That's what pits him against General Zod (Boardwalk Empire's Michael Shannon), a Kryptonian tyrant who wants Clark to join him back on Krypton, which would mean abandoning his post as defender of the weaklings of Earth.
I should add that there's one more possibility, which Timonian Elder #2 mentioned in the comments field yesterday.
That does change the Superman concept rather significantly. I wonder if it will make sense. I also wonder if my theory, that Zod simply doesn't know Krypton is dust, is still possible.
That would explain Zod's message. But it wouldn't explain why there's no Kryptonite.
There's also this possibility via Mr. Willis' theory above: Krypton was attacked by Brainiac, and most of the people died, and Zod is interested in gathering the remaining Kryptonians to restart the planet, which is now desolate but still exists.
Four versions of Jor-El, the man of science who wasn't listened to: Nelson Leigh in “Superman” (1948)
Robert Rockwell in “The Adventures of Superman” (1952)
Marlon Brando in “Superman: The Movie” (1978)
Russell Crowe in the upcoming “Man of Steel” (2013)