The Red Sun of Krypton vs. The Yellow Sun of Earth
What Are They? You wouldn’t think that the color of a sun would have that much effect on how an organism exists and functions, but then again Superman isn’t most organisms. Had the intergalactic hero stayed on his home planet (and the place didn’t implode) he likely would have had a normal existence, but instead Earth’s yellow sun has a massive effect on his body chemistry and gives him abilities that no other being possesses. Basically, it’s the yellow sun that makes Superman able to be Superman.
How Do They Fit? On Earth Kal-El has a nearly unending number of powers if you dig through all of his pop culture lore, but it’s pretty much only the most common and famous examples that actually show up in Zack Snyder’s movie. In the movie he is shown to be able to fly, run at super speed, lift incredibly heavy objects, punch extremely hard, see through solid objects and shoot lasers out of his eyes. Oh, and did we mention that he is basically invulnerable? The yellow sun does initially give adolescent Clark some problems, as he perceives and feels the entire world differently than humans, but that’s all part of his growing process.
General Zod and Faora
Who Are They? Superman is actually a pretty damn good public relations representative for Krypton. After all, he’s an alien who travels across the galaxy only to wind up standing for truth, justice and the American way. Sadly, the same cannot be said about the villainous General Zod and his right hand Faora. Before the destruction of their home, the duo and their team of followers try to lead a coup and take over Krypton, though their plan fails and they end up being banished to the Phantom Zone (a prison that exists in a parallel dimension). The problem with this is that it allows the two villains to survive the destruction of their planet
How Do They Fit? Played by Michael Shannon and Antje Traue, Zod and Faora go through the classic rebellion/banishment arc, but really start causing serious trouble when they manage to escape their imprisonment and head to Earth to try and find Kal-El. Because they were also born on Krypton, they get the same yellow-sun enhanced powers as Superman, making them both by far some of the most powerful villains that the hero will ever have to face.