Kal-El's Starcraft was a small, custom self-programmed spacecraft that carried baby Kal-El from Krypton to the distant planet Earth. It was built by his father Jor-El with intention of preserving their race, which was facing impending extinction. It successfully transported Kal-El to Earth, and was hidden in the Kent Farm's shed for 33 years, after which the starcraft was used to send General Zod and his loyalists back to the Phantom Zone, destroying it in the process.
Journey to EarthEdit
The starcraft (equipped with a Phantom Drive) was built as a last resort, with the purpose of saving the Kryptonian race. Military scientist Jor-El and his wife Lara Lor-Van decided to place their newborn child Kal-El into the ship along with a Command Key and prepare to send it to Earth, where an ancient scout ship had previously crashed.
After going to the Central Hub and retrieving the Growth Codex, Jor-El and Lara said their last goodbyes to Kal-El, before placing him in the starcraft. As Lara did the final launch procedures, Jor-El put on his battle armor, as General Zod and his loyalists arrived for the Codex. Jor-El valiantly fought his former good friend, and ultimately defeated him, as Lara successfully launched the starcraft. Zod, however, stabbed Jor, just as the latter watched his son depart.
Determined to get the Codex, Zod ordered a loyal Sword of Rao pilot to shoot Kal-El's starcraft down, but at that moment, the Phantom Drive activated, opening a portal through the Phantom Zone to Earth's Solar System (27.1 light years away from Krypton), through which the starcraft disappeared, just as Zod and his loyalists were outnumbered and captured by the Sapphire Guards.As for the craft, it emerged near to the gas giant planet Saturn, and promptly made its way to Earth, flying right by the Moon at superluminal speed in the process. Kal-El's ship landed undetected in the rural town of Smallville, Kansas and was found by local farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, who promptly adopted the infant inside, naming him "Clark" and hiding his true origins from others and even Clark himself for most of his childhood.
Revelation of Clark's Heritage to HimEdit
When Clark was thirteen, the school bus he was in fell off of a bridge into a river, and he single-handedly pulled it out without hesitation. His actions created some religious hysteria amongst the parents of some of the children that had been present, most notably Peter Ross' mother. This made Clark feel like an outcast, inducing him to deeply question the reasons behind the differences between him and all of his peers. Realizing that it was finally time to reveal the truth to his son, Jonathan took Clark into a secret basement under the barn, which had contained the starcraft he arrived in all of these years, and clearing any doubts, Jonathan confirmed that Clark was in fact an extraterrestrial, much to the latter's shock.
Discovered by ZodEdit
Twenty years later, General Zod and the surviving members of the Sword of Rao came to Earth after receiving a distress signal from a beacon of a crashed scout ship that Kal-El had inadvertently activated when placing the command key from his starcraft into the ship's control panel. After Kal-El willingly surrendered to him, Zod and his loyalists went to the Kent farm in search of the starcraft, believing it held the Growth Codex, though Faora-Ul was unable to find it within the craft, greatly angering Zod. Shortly thereafter, however, Jax-Ur used a sample of Kal-El's blood to determine that the Codex's genetic information was in fact inside Kal-El himself - bonded with all of his cells.
Portal to the Phantom ZoneEdit
After Lois plugged Kal's commend key into Black Zero's control panel, Jor-El explained a viable plan to Lois on how defeat Zod and the Sword of Rao, and she in turn explained it to Clark. The plan was to collide his infant starcraft's Phantom Drive with the Black Zero's, in an attempt to create an unstable Phantom energy singularity, which would suck all of Zod's forces back into the Phantom Zone, this time permanently. Kal-El and Lois brought the ship to the Peterson Air Force Base and explained the plan to General Calvin Swanwick, Colonel Nathan Hardy and Dr. Emil Hamilton. They put the ship aboard a C-17, as a makeshift bomb.When the plane finally came in close proximity to Black Zero, Lois tried to active the starcraft's Phantom Drive by inserting Kal's Command Key, which, however, wasn't accepted by the craft. Unable to put it in, Lois was blown out, as Faora came to stop the plane and undermine the plan. Fortunately, Dr. Hamilton managed to realize just in time that the starcraft's panel needed turning, and successfully inserted the Key, activating the Phantom Drive, while Colonel Hardy crashed the plane into Black Zero, opening up the singularity, sending all things near into the Phantom Zone. Ultimately, while the plan was successfully executed (with only Zod remaining on Earth), it came at the cost of Colonel Hardy and Dr. Hamilton's lives, with only Lois escaping the singularity's pull, due to Superman's timely intervention.
- Man of Steel Prequel (First appearance)
- Man of Steel
- Man of Steel (Novel)
- Man of Steel: The Early Years
- Man of Steel: The Fate of Krypton
- Man of Steel: Superman Saves Smallville
- This is the second time in Superman live action media that the ship has the House of El symbol on it; the previous time was on the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
- When Jor-El explains Clark's origins to him, the liquid geo representation of the starcraft that appears in the projection of the cockpit room slightly resembles the version seen in Superman (1978).
- According to Colonel Hardy, the starcraft weighs about 7.71 tons.
|Media||Man of Steel | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Untitled Superman film|
|Characters||Clark Kent/Superman | Lois Lane | Perry White | Jonathan Kent | Martha Kent | Jor-El | Lara Lor-Van | Emil Hamilton | Nathan Hardy | Steven Lombard | Jenny Jurwich | Lana Lang | General Swanwick | Peter Ross | Bibbo Bibbowski | Kara Zor-El | Bruce Wayne/Batman | Diana/Wonder Woman | Jimmy Olsen|
|Enemies||Lex Luthor | General Zod | Faora-Ul | Doomsday | Mercy Graves | Jax-Ur | Nam-Ek | Tor-An | Car-Vex | Dev-Em | Nadira|
|Miscellaneous||Metropolis | Daily Planet | Smallville | Krypton | Metropolis Police Department | Kryptonite | LexCorp | Super Suit | Kent Farm | Fortress of Solitude | Black Zero | Kryptonian | Command Key | Kal-El's Starcraft | Phantom Zone | Superman film series|