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Planetary Information
Other names
Galaxy Xeno
Star Rao
Species Kryptonian
Formed circa 8.7 billion years ago
Behind the Scenes
First Appearance Man of Steel Prequel

Krypton was a planet located approximately 27.1 light-years from Earth. Primarily known for being the home of the Kryptonian race, the Kryptonian civilization's history spans over 100,000 years of relative Earth time and consists of two periods: one of interstellar travel and interplanetary discovery and one of harvesting planetary resources to maintain their civilization; a choice that would lead to the planet's destruction.


Early Years and EvolutionEdit

Krypton was formed 8.7 billion years ago, with the development of both unicellular and multi-cellular life leading to the creation and subsequent evolution of mammalian-like sapient beings known as Kryptonians.

As time passed, civilization flourished and technology became more advanced, resulting in an age of expansion. In an attempt to spread themselves across space, Kryptonians used scout ships to establish colonial outposts and World Engines to terraform the environments of other planets to their needs.

Decline and DeteriorationEdit

Dev-Em, a member of the terraforming project, became the first murderer in over a millennium. Despite being found guilty, he was freed and stowed away on a scout ship captained by Kara Zor-El, who was romantically involved with Kell-Ur, the man he murdered.

At some point, for unknown reasons, the Kryptonians suddenly abandoned the colonial outposts, brought an end to the space exploration program, and artificially engineered all newborns for pre-determined roles in society. As a result, the planet's natural resources were exhausted and the core became extremely unstable.

The End of KryptonEdit

After realizing that Krypton was facing imminent destruction, eminent scientist Jor-El confided in his childhood friend Dru-Zod, unaware that the latter had founded the Sword of Rao and became determined to purge the "degenerate bloodlines" that undermined the planet's development.

Jor-El went before the Law Council and asked for control over the Codex as Zod and his followers stormed the Legislation Chamber. In the chaos that followed, Ro-Zar was killed and Jor-El was captured. The latter, however, managed to escape with the Codex and make his way to the House of El Citadel.

He infused the Codex into the cells of his his infant son and placed the child in a starcraft moments before Zod's forces arrived. Jor-El and Zod engaged in a fierce duel, which resulted in the former's death, as Jor-El's wife Lara launched the starcraft into space. 

Krypton Destruction

The destruction of Krypton

Zod and his surviving followers were arrested and sentenced to 300 cycles of somatic reconditioning in the Phantom Zone. Shortly after, Krypton's unstable core gave way and imploded.


A spheroid-shaped terrestrial planet with a solid planetary surface, Krypton's landscape was once heavily filled with mountain ranges but became a barren wasteland after decades of strip mining and exhausting natural resources.


Krypton's landscape

Jor-El, however, created artificial grass and bedded it into a mountain near the House of El Citadel, where he kept a variety of wildlife such as the Rondor beasts.

Krypton once had an unknown number of cities, but this number quickly diminished and Kandor eventually became the only remaining city.



  • Krypton's population was 1.4 billion, approximately five times less than Earth's.
  • The distance from Earth to Krypton is approximately 27.1 light years.

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Superman universe
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
DC Extended Universe
Media Aquaman: Aquaman
Batman: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | The Batman
Cyborg: Cyborg
Flash: The Flash
Green Lantern: Green Lantern Corps
Justice League: Justice League | Untitled Justice League film
Justice League Dark: Dark Universe
Shazam: Shazam | Black Adam
Superman: Man of Steel | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Untitled Superman film
Villains: Suicide Squad | Gotham City Sirens
Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman
Super-heroes Superman | Batman | Wonder Woman | Flash | Aquaman | Cyborg | Shazam | Robin | Hal Jordan | John Stewart | John Constantine | Zatanna | Jason Blood | Etrigan | Swamp Thing | Deadman | Nightwing | Batgirl
Characters Lois Lane | Alfred Pennyworth | Perry White | Amanda Waller | Mera | Iris West | James Gordon | Jonathan Kent | Martha Kent | Jor-El | Lara Lor-Van | Steven Lombard | General Swanwick | Emil Hamilton | Nathan Hardy | Steven Trevor | Rick Flag | Thomas Wayne | Jenny Jurwich | Katana | Lucius Fox | Nuidis Vulko | Hippolyta | Antiope
Enemies Lex Luthor | Joker | Darkseid | General Zod | Steppenwolf | Black Adam | Harley Quinn | Faora-Ul | Doomsday | Deadshot | Captain Boomerang | Enchantress | Killer Croc | Parademons | Mercy Graves | Slipknot | El Diablo | Penguin | Catwoman | Poison Ivy | Ocean Master | Black Manta
Miscellaneous Metropolis | Gotham City | Oa | Daily Planet | LexCorp Industries | Guardians of the Universe | Batcave | Wayne Enterprises | Batmobile | Green Lantern Corps | Smallville | Themyscira | Krypton | Earth | Timeline | Easter Eggs | Atlantis | S.T.A.R. Labs | Justice League | Task Force X | Speed Force | Alien | Human | Arkham Asylum | Belle Reve | Midway City | Central City | Ferris Air | A.R.G.U.S. | Mother Box | Apokolips

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