Appeared in Superman: The Movie
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
Status Deceased
Actor Marlon Brando
"Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and your power are needed. Always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son."

Jor-El is the biological father of Superman. He was a leading member of the Science Council before Krypton's destruction. He foresaw the planet's destruction and, failing to convince the rest of the Council, he decided to send his son, Kal-El, to Earth to save him, and give the world a light to lead the way for them to become a great people. He continues to guide his son through the Fortress of Solitude.


Superman: The Movie

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Superman II

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  • The idea of Superman's S-Shield originating from Krypton as the House of El's family crest came from Marlon Brando himself.
  • When Jor-El physically appeared in seasons 9 and 10 of Smallville, he was dressed in an outfit similar to Donner's Jor-El.


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