Lara Lor-Van
Biographical Information
Alias Lady Lara
Relatives Jor-El (husband)
Kal-El (son)
Died 1980
Affiliation Kryptonian Thinker Guild
Physical Description
Species Kryptonian
Gender Female
Hair Black
Eyes Brown
Behind the Scenes
Portrayed By Ayelet Zurer
First Appearance Man of Steel: Friends and Foes

"Make a better world than ours, Kal."
—Lara Lor-Van's last words.

Lara Lor-Van (d. 1980) was a Kryptonian, wife of Jor-El and mother of Kal-El.


Earlier LifeEdit

Lara was born on the planet Krypton, genetically engineered to be smarter and more efficient. As an adult, she met and married the scientist Jor-El, with whom she shared a strong bond. Lara came to be considered one of the brightest minds on Krypton, though not quite as brilliant as her husband.

Birth of Kal-ElEdit

"I can't do it. I thought I could. But now that he's here."
—Lara to Jor-El

Disobeying Kryptonian law, Jor-El and Lara decided to conceive their child naturally, with Lara giving birth to a son whom they called "Kal-El" with Jor-El helping Lara with the birth. After both marveling at their child, they knew Krypton's end was near and discussed sending Kal-El to Earth, with Lara unsure about sending her newborn child away. Jor-El had to travel to Kandor in a last-ditch attempt to convince the Law Council to evacuate Krypton whilst Lara stayed behind at the citadel with Kal-El.


Lara watches her son leave

When Jor-El returned home, he did so with the Growth Codex after realizing General Zod's plans for building a new Krypton on another world. Giving Lara the Codex, she began making the final preparations for Kal-El's journey in his ship whilst Jor-El put on his battle armor to try and stop Zod, who was approaching the citadel with his forces. As her husband battled Zod, Lara launched Kal-El away from Krypton. Moments later, Jor-El was fatally stabbed by Zod before the Sapphire Guards arrived and arrested Zod and the rest of his followers.

Krypton's Destruction and DeathEdit

Lara attended Zod's trial in the Legislation Chamber, where he and his followers were sentenced to 300 years of reconditioning in the Phantom Zone. An angered Zod was not deterred and gave a stark warning to Lara that he will escape from the Phantom Zone and find her son.


Lara watches as Krypton is destroyed

Later on, a solemn Lara watched alongside Kelex and Kelor as Krypton's core gave way and as explosions rocked across the planet. As the planet exploded, she resigned herself and quietly wished for her son to "make a better world than ours." She then perished along with the rest of her race.


See Also: Kryptonian

Had Lara entered a star system with a yellow G-type main-sequence star, then her body would have absorbed the solar energy and provided her with incredible superpowers, enhancing her body physically.



External linksEdit

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 | Calvin Swanwick | Carrie Farris | Glen Woodburn | Peter Ross | Bibbo Bibbowski | Kara Zor-El | Jimmy Olsen | Kelor | Kelex | Daniel Leone | Bruce Wayne/Batman | Diana/Wonder Woman
Enemies Lex Luthor | General Zod | Faora-Ul | Doomsday | Mercy Graves | Jax-Ur | Nam-Ek | Tor-An | Anatoli Knyazev | Car-Vex | Dev-Em | Nadira | Amajagh | Kenneth Braverman
Miscellaneous Metropolis | Daily Planet | Smallville | Krypton | Metropolis Police Department | Kandor | House of El | Sword of Rao | Smallville Police Department | Kryptonian Guilds | Growth Codex | Kryptonite | LexCorp | Superman's Suit | Kryptonian Skinsuit | Kent Farm | Fortress of Solitude | Black Zero | Lex Luthor's House | Kryptonian | Command Key | Kal-El's Starcraft | Phantom Zone | Genesis Chamber | Superman film series
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