The year 1980 is a significant year in the DC Comics Extended Universe.
- Kal-El is born naturally to parents Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van on the planet Krypton, a high crime in Kryptonian society.
- Pete Ross is born to mother Helen Ross.
- Lana Lang is born.
- Whitney Fordham is born.
- Kenneth Braverman is born.
- Jor-El discovers that the Kryptonian Law Council's decision to mine minerals from Krypton's core has destabilised the planet and will soon explode.
- General Zod founds the Sword of Rao movement to overthrow the Law Council.
- Jor-El steals the Growth Codex from the Central Hub and hides it within Kal-El's cells.
- General Zod murders Jor-El after Kal-El is launched off the planet. He and his followers are subsequently captured.
- General Zod and his followers are placed in the Phantom Zone.
- The planet Krypton explodes.
- Kal-El's ship lands in the fields of the Kent Farm and is adopted by Jonathan Kent and Martha Kent.