Zor-el is a brilliant scientist of Krypton like his brother Jor-el and was one a very few he heeded his brother's warnings about the imminent destruction of their planet. He is also the father of Kara aka Supergirl.
Zor-El is a DC character created by Joe Kelly and Mark Sable, first appearing in Action Comics #252
Zor-El managed to save Argo City from Krypton's destruction through the use of Braniac technology. After becoming the leader of Kandor alongside his wife Alura, he focused on finding a habitable plan in which the Kryptonian survivors could live but the city was attacked by Brainiac. He was able to send his daughter away in a capsule to meet up with her younger cousin on Earth before he was taken prisoner alongside his wife. The couple were kept as prisoners within Kandor, the city Brainiac had previously captured and miniaturized. After having been killed by Reactron, Zoe-El was returned from the dead for the purpose of being a member of the Black Lantern Corps.
Major Story Arcs
The Coluan known as Brainiac invaded the planet Krypton and plundered the planet of its collective knowledge. He used his advanced science to shrink and bottle the entire city of Kandor; adding the Kryptonian metropolis as another specimen to his vast collection of alien cities. To carry out this plan, Brainiac ordered hundreds of his robots planetside to prepare the city for abduction. These robots mercilessly killed any resistance, protecting themselves from attack with self generating force fields.
Following the taking of Kandor, the people of Krypton ignored the warnings of Jor-El that the planet was unstable and facing destruction. Jor-El's warnings were dismissed by almost all of Krypton, however Zor-El believed his brother and set into motion his own plans for survival. Zor-El and his wife Allura experimented on one of the robots destroyed by General Zod's troops. They managed to deconstruct Brainiac' force field technology sufficiently to create a protective dome over their home, Argo City . Unfortunately Zor-El and Alura did not have time enough to master this technology and protect all of Krypton. When Krypton exploded Argo City was protected from the blast, and remained intact floating aimlessly in space for many months.
Zor-El and his wife began work on an evacuation plan to lead the remaining Kryptonians to Earth where they would be reunited with their nephew Kal-El. Zor tried his best to attempt to get the Council to agree to the begining of a space-craft program to begin the search for a habital planet, though Earth was the main goal. Much as they had with his older brother Jor, the remains of the council refused to listen. When Kara questioned why they needed a new home, Jor showed her the power souce behind the forcefield; the severed androids head. Though Kara questioned what would happen if it ever awakened, Jor promised her it wouldn't. As Jor took Kara from the room, the android picked up a signal from Brainiac and did just that.
Kara spotted a ship outside of the dome. Brainiac had sensed his technology in use and discovered the Kryptonian refugees . Knowing that Brainiac would not spare their city, Zor-El and Alura placed their daughter Kara in the only escape rocket that had been ready for service. When a Brainiac android attempted to force its way into the craft, Jor-El single-handidly fought it off to give his daughter the chance to escape. They sent her to earth, instructing her to find and protect her infant cousin Kal-El. As Kara escaped, the villainous Brainiac once again invaded a Kryptonian city. His troops assimilated any additional people and information that contained knowledge that had not been learned from Kandor . Those Kryptionian who Brainiac viewed as "redundant" were slaughtered. Zor-El and Alura were transferred to the bottled city of Kandor and remained there as prisoners of Brainiac for many years.
Eventually they, along with the other denizens of Kandor, would be freed on Earth by their nephew Kal-El. Zor-El and Alura were voted to lead the city into peace, though not everyone agreed with this course of action. Zor was delighted to see his nephew, and even happier to see his daughter safe and sound holding the first El family dinner in years. Zor talked to his nephew, listening to his tales of his adventures on Earth and also as to how things worked on the planet. While he would not confine the citizens of Kandor to the arctic where Kal had brought them, they had been confined for too long, he did follow Kal's lead in opening diplomatic relations with earth's population.
Heading to Metropolis to meet with the President, Zor and Allura exchanged pleasantries with the leader, even joking about Kara's recent actions during the Amazonian Invasion before their meeting was interrupted by the arrival of Doomsday. Though Kal attempted to get them to stay back, Zor and the other Kandorians knew of Doomsday, and Zor led his people in an assault against the creature. Taking the fight to the moon, to keep their from being an unecessary human casualties Zor and the other Kryptonians were able to swiftly overcome and kill Doomsday.
After recovering from the event, Zor realized how easy it would be for Kal's assorted enemies to seek revenge on him through an assault on Kandor. Conferring first with his wife, and later with Commander Gor, one of the leaders of the Kryptonian Navy caste, he decided to capture Kal's "Rogue's Gallery" and confine them to the Zone. He called teams together, and led his people on an assault against the foes of Superman, managing to capture Parastie, Toyman, Bizzaro and multiple other's. Returning them to Kandor they confined all of the villians to the Zone. Zor regarded the mission a success.
Zor was suprised, and horrified, to learn that their had been human casualties as a result of his actions, while capturing the Parasite Gor had killed the police whose custody he was in. Zor was even mroe appalled to find that Allura had known, and failed to share the information with him. Her, and the other Kryptonians callous attitude greatly disturbed him. As Allura flew out of their home, Zor his daughter and nephew followed. Zor listened for a momment as his wife argued with the youner El's. Finally hearing enough, he admonished Allura. They had made explicit instructions that no-body was to be hurt, and she should have told him the momment that she was made aware. Allura explained that none of them understood Kandor's true purpose, leading her family to Brainiacs captured ship she led them inside.
As they travelled throughout the shiip, Zor listened as his wife explained their attempts to save the other bottled cities to Kal and Kara. Zor spoke with his daughter as Allura and his nephew argued, promising to get his wife to understand the implications of their actions, as he himself did. As the debate continued, Zor intervened. Attempting to show his wife he understood her fears, he also attempted to press her to give them the names of those responsible. Zor was shocked, along with the others, to find that Allura had given the authorization to kill.
Zor was interrupted by the arrival of Gor and his forces, who had just captured Metallo and Reactron. Upon entering Kandor their were able to uplink from Brainiac to his ship, and unleash his drones. The El family leapt into action alongside the recently freed prisoners, and began fighting the drones.
Fighting alongside his daughter, Zor had no trouble dealing with the drones. As Reactron arrived and attempted to attack Kara with his newly made-Kryptonite heart, Zor leapt into the way. Taking the blast meant for his daughter, Zor lost his powers and collapsed. Reactron then blasted him through the chest.
As Supergirl and Alura were visiting Zor-El's tomb, a power ring of the Black Lantern Corps found its way to New Krypton and breached Zor-El's grave. He rose within seconds, reanimated as a Black Lantern. He attacked and defeated several nearby Krpytonians, including Alura and leaving only his daughter Supergirl left to face him.
He taunted and berated her, trying to draw a pure emotional response from her. But she attacked him in a mix of rage and willpower with a punch that obliterated much of his head. It was a tiny victory. His head began regenerating itself immediately, and he promised that she could not stop him from killing all of Kandor.
Zor-El's reanimated corpse and Supergirl fought in the skies of Kandor with Zor-El trying to harvest her heart for the Black Lantern Corps. Meanwhile, the Science Guild succeeded in scanning and analyzing the energy properties of his black power ring. This information allowed them to design an energy field that would keep out Zor-El and any wielding a black power ring. With this knowledge in mind, Alura joined the fight, saving her daughter from Zor-El and driving him out into space. The energy field was established as he tried to go after Alura and Supergirl again, hacking off one of his hands. He pummeled the field to no avail, unable to reach the surface of New Krypton.
Zor-El and his younger brother Jor-El were both the top scientists on Krypton and had different ideas on how to save Krypton from it's impending doom. Jor-el wanted to Zor-el's help in perfecting space ships to send everyone of Krypton before it imploded, Zor-El however, wanted to use Brainiac's technology to encapsulate Argo City. However, Jor-El deemed it to dangerous as Brainiac's technology was unproven and could prove hazardous. They argued over the merits and drawback of each other's plans with Zor-El refusing to help Jor-El in his plans. Zor-El continued with his plan despite further worry from his daughter, Supergirl. After, he sent Kara off world moments before Krypton's destruction, Alura his wife in anger due to Zor-El sending Kara off-world insulted him wishing he'd been a better scientist like his brother Jor-El, who gained all the accolades and public recognition which was an obvious sore point for him.
Zor-El and millions of Kryptonians survived Krypton's destruction as Brainiac's Capsule had worked. However,before they could get help most of the population died and many members were near death when Brainiac finally answered Zor-El's message for help. Brainiac then experimented on Zor-El's body. He wiped his memories of his life on Krypton, made him smarter and removed many of his organs and limbs and gave him mechanical and cybernetic replacements to try and make the ultimate Kryptonian. Brainiac then sent him to travel the universe to seek other specimens worthy of perfection, so that Brainiac could transform them.
After Cyborg Superman forcibly takes Kara's body to reconstitute his own, it was revealed that he was originally Zor-El.
The Cyborg is first seen as a man-behind-the-curtains of I'noxia, a city that is built from the memories of lost worlds. Kara found herself on I'noxia after leaving Earth. There she battled a creature and was instantly accepted by the citizens of that world.
She is shown around the world by a custodian who is under the orders of a hidden individual later revealed to be the Cyborg. Originally the Cyborg appears benevolent as he tries to help Kara recreate Krypton. In reality he was just goading her in order to take her body. Kara retaliates but the Cyborg manages to over power her.
As the Cyborg goes about re-creating his body it is reveled by the custodian of I'noxia that the Cyborg was under the servitude of Brainiac.
Powers and Abilities
Zor-El possesses Kryptonian Physiology and so is able to exhibit the powers of the average Kryptonian such as solar energy absorption, heat vision, super-hearing, enhanced vision (which included electromagnetic spectrum vision, microscopic vision, telescopic vision, x-ray vision and infrared vision.
He is invulnerable and possesses incredible stamina levels alongside superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, agility and super breath. Zor-El is also able to fly.
He is an extremely accomplished scientist and artist as well but is vulnerable to kryptonite.
Supergirl (movie) made in 1984.
Superman: (cartoons) The Animated Series
Smallville (the television series)