What we learned from the Man of Steel prequel comic
The DCEU has struggled to solidify a narrative line, with all the different timelines and universes it might be difficult for many people to actually follow the multiverse stories. And so is Supergirl. There’s the now-cancelled CW TV show (Melissa Benoist), the upcoming Flash movie Supergirl (Sasha Calle), and the DCEU Supergirl created by Zack Snyder in 2013. Steel man prequel comic.
All three are very different versions of Kara Zor-El, telling different origin stories and played by different actors.
Today we’ll be focusing on Zack Snyder’s Supergirl project in the DCEU – what we know about her and what we learned about the character in the official Steel man prequel comic.
Man of Steel prequel comic
The Steel man prequel is a DC comic released the same year as the iconic movie, and it not only serves as a prologue to the whole movie, but gives us more information about Kara Zor-El AKA Supergirl.
The first page of the comic already features an iconic scene we missed in Zack Snyder’s Steel man; Kal-El’s arrival on Earth. We see the Kryptonian Rocket, Jonathan Kent and Martha Kent holding a baby, and the last panel shows us Krypton before it was destroyed.
The formation of Supergirl
From there, the comic quickly shifts from Superman/Clark Kent and transports us many years back. We find Kara Zor-El (wearing the family crest symbol on her chest) on a strange alien planet completing her final test as a pilot. We learn that pilots must be trained and prepared to participate in terraforming missions during Krypton’s greatest period of expansion.
During this training, the six candidates wear the black/dark gray uniforms worn by General Zod seen in Steel man. They also have advanced Kryptonian technology to guide them through the planet, which is filled with alien plants and colorful crystals.
Only four participants need to be graduates. These include Kara, her boyfriend Kell-Ur, and Dev-Em, with the latter having a clear issue with Kara – questioning her leadership. The whole situation puts Kell in danger and when Kara tries to save him, a snake (or something) bites his hand and he ends up falling and dying.
Kara then fights Dev, who reveals he was responsible for Kell’s death. He also tries to kill her but she quickly defeats Kell and ends up holding him back.
At the trial, it is revealed that this is the first Kryptonian murder in over a thousand years. The Council can’t decide on the punishment, as they don’t want it to be an eye for an eye, and leave Dev-Em in the council’s custody indefinitely.
Later at graduation, the same Council commends Kara for her bravery and gives her an important mission. In the Steel man prequel comic, we also learn that the scout ships they travel on are the same ones Superman finds in Steel man.
A new mission
As Kara goes on a mission with her crew, they mention that it will take them about ten years to reach their destination, and that’s why they have to enter cryosleep capsules during the trip. At the same time, Dev-Em manages to escape from his holding cell.
During some of the crew’s conversations, it’s also revealed that you’re not supposed to dream during crysleep. But as soon as they enter, Kara has a startling dream in which she manages to save her boyfriend (using her Supergirl abilities). When she wakes up, she finds that all of her partners’ capsules are open.
After exploring the ship, she finds the skull-shaped corpses of her crew – these bodies are much the same as those Kal-El finds in the abandoned ship on Earth.
Dev reveals himself. He murdered everyone on board. We also learn that, in order to keep Krypton a crime-free society, it was actually the Council who helped him board the scout ship.
Naturally, a fight between Kara-El and Dev-Em ensues, and the ship ends up crashing on Earth (in the Arctic).
crashing down to earth
In the final panels, we see a character stepping out of the ship. Did Kara-El or did Dev-Em survive too? The question is left unanswered.
It could very well be that Kara-El lived on Earth long before Kal-El arrived. Maybe she secretly saved the world as Supergirl, or lived in hiding as one of us.
The Steel man the prequel comic sets up future conflict in the DCEU. Superman or Supergirl, or both, may have to defeat Dev-Em in a future movie/story.
How Man of Steel Sets Up a DCEU Supergirl Appearance
by Zack Snyder Steel man may already be 9 years old, but that doesn’t stop him from holding some exciting secrets that are finally getting answers. Among the many Easter eggs and clues for the next DCEU movie, we got to see an important piece of Superman’s bigger story, and it seems to be paying off for DC hoping for a new bar at the Steel man after.
We’re of course referring to Supergirl, Superman’s brash cousin who had a bit of Kryptonian culture under her wing before she was unwittingly shipped off the cursed planet.
Supergirl has seen her fair share of mainstream popularity, even in recent memory like her prominent role in Injustice 2. DC’s Animated Media also does his character justice with the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse movie, as well as Justice League Unlimited TV show. Most popular of all, we even have a 6-season live-action Supergirl TV series. A live-action DCEU version of Supergirl is confirmed to have a role in the Flash movie, but it’s unlikely to be her main in-continuity counterpart as we know it. Still, the actor could reprise the role as a possible successor to Man of Steel.
Die-hard DC fans are probably aware of this, but there’s a prequel comic called Man of Steel: the prequel it gives insight into the events that took place before the film, including the Krypton scenes at the start (and what happened to Supergirl).
Published in 2013, the comic introduces us to Kara Zor-El, a starship pilot who was forced to crash-land on an alien planet following an attack and the death of her crew during an expedition. The crash was caused by damage to the craft’s directional systems, forcing it to land on land. Interestingly enough, the events in the comic took place thousands of years before Steel man. If that’s any indication, then there’s a good chance Kara is alive on Earth.
Now, this raises some questions and leads us to two possible conclusions. The first being that Kara managed to get up and live in hiding. Or, more likely, she’s in a situation similar to Steve Rodgers, frozen in the Arctic. In a dark version of this scenario, she might even be trapped in the Phantom Zone. It’s interesting how the DCEU wants to present it, especially with the events of the comics in mind.
The first storyline also gives us a bit of backstory and solves the problem of having to do an origin story for a superhero already established in the eyes of many fans. With Kara on the move before Supes, she could be written into other past events such as Darkseid’s invasion of earth in ancient times.
With the second storyline, there is a chance to enjoy his growth from a Kryptonian mindset to a general appreciation of Earth and its people.
Zack Snyder explained that the original concept he had was to include Supergirl in Steel man, but ultimately couldn’t make the idea work. Unfortunately, he didn’t reveal how far they went with the idea, even though this whole comic book of the Man of Steel Prequel is based on the story of Supergirl’s origins and arrival on the planet:
“As we went on, it was always my intention to expand the universe and start introducing more and more family characters. She fell into that category. And certainly, the idea of a solo Supergirl movie is a very cool thing, I don’t have a script or anything in mind, but it would be amazing to see.
We might have to wait a little longer to finally see Supergirl make a solo DCEU appearance on the big screen – even though she’s already set to appear in the Flash movie. The current status of the standalone film is unknown but, now that the DCEU is trying to piece together convergent timelines, we could finally start seeing Zack Snyder’s Supergirl movie soon enough. And chances are it won’t be like 1984 super girl with Helen Slater.