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"Krypton was a beautiful place. We are a people of hope, not war. Zod may be from Krypton, but he is not my people."
"So, you're saying..."
"Yes. I will help you fight Zod."
―Kara Zor-El and Barry Allen[src]

Kara Zor-El, nicknamed Supergirl by Barry Allen, was the cousin of Kal-El who was sent to Earth after the destruction of Krypton, being captured and tortured in an old base in Siberia until being saved by Barry Allen, his alternate self and Batman. After recovering her powers, Kara decided to confront Dru-Zod alone until seeing how innocent soldiers were killed, so she allied with her saviors to fight Zod and the Sword of Rao, but ended up being killed in battle.

Biography[]

Early Life[]

Childhood[]

"Krypton was a beautiful place."
―Kara Zor-El to Barry Allen[src]

Kara Zor-El was born sometime before 1980 on the planet Krypton to Zor-El and an unknown mother. While she was able to live on Krypton, Kara saw it as a beautiful place despite everything that might be happening.[2]

Destruction of Krypton[]

"He was an infant when we left. The last son of Krypton. I... I was sent to protect him."
"It looks like he never made it to Earth in this universe."
"Our pods, they must have separated."
―Kara Zor-El and Barry Allen[src]

Shortly before the planet emploded, Kara was sent after her newborn cousin Kal-El to Earth, in order to take care of him. Unknowingly, the Growth Codex was infused into Kara's genetic material, making her the key to Krypton's rebirth. However, on their way to Earth, their respective capsules separated from their course, and Kara headed to Earth alone.[2]

Imprisoned on Earth[]

"We came to this planet looking for a safe place to live, and they put me in a cage."
―Kara Zor-El to Barry Allen[src]

Upon her arrival on Earth at around 2011[1], Kara was captured, stripped of her power, and imprisoned in the bowels of a Siberian Black Site in Russia, inside a prison capsule, kept away from the world in a weakened state. While there, Kara was internally designated as Subject Zero[1] and was forced to wear a prison suit with the words "most dangerous" emblazoned on the front and to go barefoot. In her star capsule, Kara possessed a Kryptonian skinsuit, which was also taken by the mercenaries who captured her.[2]

Kryptonian Attack[]

Rescued from Captivity[]

"Kal-El?"
"It's not him. We've gotta go."
"Wait. We can't just leave her here. Look at her."
Barry Allen and Batman[src]
Kara imprisoned

Kara is found by the individuals.

Two years after her imprisonment, a weakened Kara was in her cell when three individuals entered looking for Kal-El. Although one of them deduced that it was not him and suggested leaving without her, the second refused to leave her in that state. At that, the base's alarms were activated and began to ring, so Kara was quickly carried in his arms while the team escaped from the facility. When the team began to be pursued by a group of mercenaries, they fell down a shaft and, finding themselves trapped beneath Kara's capsule, were forced to flee through an underground hatch.

Rescue of Supergirl

Kara uses her powers to defeat her captors.

Upon reaching an old damaged elevator, the group used an explosive device to propel it to the surface, where they were thrown into the snow outside. There, Kara was exposed to the sun for the first time in years, regenerating in a few seconds and receiving various powers in the process. Kara levitated above the facility as the group was surrounded by mercenaries, before descending and furiously attacking them. With her powers, she was able to resist the bullets she received and fiercely attacked the mercenaries who shot at her. Upon killing them all, Kara passed out in front of her rescuers just as the Batwing appeared behind her.[2]

Meeting the Barry Allens[]

"Who are you?!"
"We're Barry."
―Kara Zor-El, Barry Allen and Barry Allen[src]
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Young Barry covers Kara with a blanket.

Shortly after her rescue, Kara woke up at the Wayne Manor's dining room table, frightening two of her rescuers and demanding to know who they were and what they were looking for. They both introduced themselves as two Barry Allens seeking to rescue Kal-El, although Kara demanded to know why they were looking for him, revealing that she was his cousin. Deducing that her cousin never arrived on Earth, Kara learned of the arrival of General Dru-Zod and the Sword of Rao on Earth, and although she tried to go after him, she was too weak to even get up. Barry ordered his other self to take Kara to the roof of the mansion to recover with the sun's energy, and while she was being carried, Kara attempted to take her skinsuit, which the other barry took with him.

Supergirl meeting Barry

Kara refuses to help humanity and leaves the manor.

Already on the roof of the mansion, Kara put on the suit and exposed herself to sunlight to regain her abilities. As she began to slowly levitate, the enhanced super senses overwhelmed Kara for an instant as she didn't know how to master them. Despite this, Kara quickly recovered and demonstrated her abilities to Barry by spitting at a gargoyle from the balcony, destroying it in the attempt. Barry then mentioned the human lives that would be lost if Zod was not stopped, although Kara claimed that they would be human victims, believing they deserved that fate due to her experience in captivity. Although Barry tried to convince her that good humans still existed, she refused to help them and fled the mansion.

Supergirl in the desert

Supergirl watches as the war begins.

While flying over the planet, Supergirl used her amplified hearing sense to locate Edwards Air Force Base, where the Black Zero was suspended above. From afar, Supergirl magnified her vision to observe general Zod and commander Faora-Ul descending from a big dropship in front of an military squadron. Seeing that they did not deliver the Kryptonian he demanded, Zod and his army brutally murdered the soldiers and started a battle against the army. While Supergirl was horrified by this action of war, Zod was soon alerted to her presence in the sky, just as a pair of fighter jets passed by her.[2]

Joining the Fight[]
"When you found me on that hole they put me in... and I wasn't Kal-El... why did you help me?"
"Because you needed help."
―Kara Zor-El and Barry Allen[src]
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Kara takes the injured Barry to the sky.

Supergirl was able to escape from the base and Zod, and soon returned to the Batcave beneath Wayne Manor, shortly after the helpless Barry Allen attempted to recreate the accident that once gave him his speed powers. Extremely injured by the lightning bolt that struck him, Barry was carried by Kara into the sky, where he was struck by lightning once again. Kara carried Barry's body back to the Batcave, where the other Barry stood in wait for his older self to wake up. At that, Kara and Barry noticed that he had miraculously survived the process and managed to successfully recover his powers, while Kara showed a smile at the event.

Supergirl at the Batcave

Kara joins the Barrys agaisnt Zod.

After the older Barry woke up and fully recovered, Kara appeared behind him and his other self, glad that he was okay. That said, she asked Kara why he had rescued her in Siberia despite seeing that she was not her cousin; Barry claimed that she needed help, before she pointed out the symbol on her chest, which represented hope as Krypton's primary value. After stating that Zod was not part of her people, Kara finally agreed to join the team in their fight against Zod and the Sword of Rao. With Bruce Wayne joining them, the team chose to call themselves the Justice League, after the team Barry was a part of in his reality.[2]

Battle at Edwards Air Force Base[]

"He's not here. You've failed."
"We found him. We intercepted his pod. But your cousin was not the one we needed. You are the one. Kara Zor-El. It is your blood, what we must harvest."
"What did you do to Kal-El?"
"Your sacrifice that will allow Krypton to live again."
"WHAT DID YOU DO?!"
"The infant did not survive."
―Supergirl and General Zod[src]
Supergirl charges heat vision

Supergirl learns about Kal-El's death.

The Justice League quickly boarded the Batwing and traveled to the Edwards Air Force Base, with Supergirl flying alongside the ship. When a missile was fired at them, as the humans did not know they were on their side, Supergirl immediately destroyed it. The two speedsters and the kryptonian descended onto the battlefield while Batman piloted the Batwing from the sky. After seeing Dru-Zod exit his ship in a flying platform, Supergirl flew straight towards it and destroyed the two turrets with kryptonians protecting him and. At their meeting, Zod explained to Supergirl his plan to terraform Earth to begin the rebirth of Krypton, revealing to her not only that she had the Growth Codex within her cells, but that he had already found and executed a newborn Kal-El many years ago.

Supergirl is dead in front of young Flash

Supergirl dies after the Growth Codex is extracted from her body.

An enraged Supergirl, in the midst of a white-hot frenzy, set out to attack Zod with her heat vision, spending the rest of the battle fighting Zod directly while successfully knocking him to the ground and landing multiple blows on the general. After kicking Zod towards one of the destroyed Kryptonian dropships, Supergirl, filled with rage, used the pole of another ship to deliver multiple continuous blows to Zod. Kara finally got tired and approached Zod when it looked like she had knocked him unconscious. When she attempted to use the gauntlet device on his suit to stop the terraformation, Zod stabbed her in the back, and his henchmen helped him drain her blood with an extraction device so he could get the Codex.

Supergirl is stabbed again

Supergirl is stabbed by Zod once again.

After Zod and his henchmen abandoned her body, young Flash approached her, only to discover that she had died in the extraction process. After Batman's sacrifice, the grieving Flashes returned back in time via the Chronobowl, and the young Flash attempted to save Supergirl. Flash intervened in the initial duel between Supergirl and Zod, creating a sand tornado that she used to attack the general, taking advantage of the fact that Zod could not see where she was coming from. Unfortunately, Zod quickly adapted to this situation and used his superior speed to counterattack Supergirl as she attempted to hit him. The blow knocked Kara to the ground, leaving her vulnerable as Faora-Ul arrived and grabbed her by her cape. History repeated itself, as Kara was left at Zod's mercy and once again, she was stabbed and drained off the Codex.[2]

Legacy[]

Inevitable Intersection[]

"This is what Bruce was talking about. Barry, this is inevitable. We can try a million times and we're not gonna be able to fix this. No matter what we do... this world dies. Today."
Barry Allen to Barry Allen[src]
Kara dies for the third time

Kara inevitably dies being murdered by Zod.

Despite the Flashes attempts to prevent the deaths of Supergirl and Batman, the older Barry concluded that there was no timeline in which Supergirl survived her fight against Zod, something he considered an inevitable Intersection that could not be altered. Barry attempted to convince his other self to stop his attempts, although the latter refused and continued repeating the scene for several years, without success. Eventually, Barry defeated his dark counterpart and managed to undo the Flashpoint Timeline, erasing both this version of Kara and her fateful fate from existence.[2]

Personality[]

Kara held her Kryptonian heritage in high regard, though she refused to acknowledge General Zod and his militia as fellow Kryptonians, due to their brutality clashing with the enlightened values she was brought up with. Kara loved and dearly lamented the loss of her family. She accepted the task of watching over her cousin Kal-El so she could have one last remnant of Krypton by her side. When Zod revealed that he intercepted Kal's pod and murdered the baby, Kara went into a blind rage and fought him with unfettered hate.

Due to being imprisoned by humans, Kara initially felt no sense of compassion towards them, even going as far as to potentially kill several armed guards. But she did feel gratitude towards the Flash and his team for rescuing her, so she assisted in helping present-day Barry regain his Speed Force powers.

Powers and Abilities[]

Powers[]

Kryptonian Physiology: As a Kryptonian, Supergirl's bone structure is almost identical to that of a human. On a planet near a red class M main-sequence star (like Krypton with its sun Rao), Supergirl would have physical attributes nearly identical to those of humans, but if on a planet near a yellow G-type main-sequence star (like Earth), she has many new abilities and powers, all of them far beyond the capabilities of humans and even metahumans, making her appear godlike (indeed rivaling an Old Godess in power). Despite growing up in the subdued captivity of a red solar prison cell, and being far less experienced than the Earth-1 version of her cousin Superman, her power has been described as "colossal"[3], and she managed to initially dominate the fierce General Zod. This is because unlike Superman, Kara didn't hold back, and the tragic loss of her Kal-El empowered her with rage, so she attacked Zod with full intent to kill.

  • Superhuman Strength: Supergirl possesses tremendous physical strength, virtually incalculable. She easily carried the Flash into a thunderstorm, flew right through a big missile, and effortlessly overpowered a whole squad of Russians, sending some flying huge distances with punches, kicks, and throws. She can generate shock-waves with her punches. She also managed to keep up with more experienced fellow Kryptonians, breaking open one of their visors. Supergirl even initially dominated General Zod in some iterations of their fight. However, Zod's superior combat skills allowed him to adjust and gain the upper hand against Supergirl, killing her in each timeline.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Supergirl's body is virtually indestructible. Hence, she can withstand the extreme heat of massive explosions, the extreme cold of the Arctic, falls from great heights, lighting bolts, high-caliber bullets, Maverick missiles, plasma bolts from Kryptonian weaponry, and even numerous mighty blows from fellow Kryptonian General Zod. While Zod's attacks did make her stumble a few times, Supergirl was unscathed. The only known things capable of actually breaking through Supergirl's invulnerability and harming her are beings of comparable incalculable strength (such as other Kryptonians), because they are strong enough to physically break through her invulnerability, although it takes them quite a bit of effort to do that, so Zod instead resorted to stabbing her with Kryptonian metal.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: Supergirl, in the rare instances when she is hurt, is capable of healing at superhuman speeds, especially in direct sunlight. Decades in the red solar prison cell left her very weak and pale, but exposure to direct yellow sunlight allowed her to partially recover the first time (before passing out), and fully recover after a second exposure. However, if the injuries are serious enough to instantly or near-instantly kill Supergirl, her healing factor will not be able to save her, which is what happened after Zod stabs Supergirl to death in each alternate timeline.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Supergirl rarely grows tired if she is continuously powered by the yellow sun of Earth. She doesn't need to eat, sleep, or even breathe. Hence, she can survive flying into outer space and diving underwater. She fiercely battled with General Zod without slowing down, although she was left visibly exhausted at the end of some versions of their fight, causing her to collapse onto the ground. Decades in the red solar cell made her unable to fully unlock her stamina after one solar exposure (which made her faint after a few minutes), but a second exposure unlocked it.
  • Superhuman Speed: Supergirl can fly at immense supersonic speeds, being able to decimate a group of Russian soldiers before they had time to fire their weapons. She also notably saved Batman from a Russian bullet by outpacing the bullet, and then stopping it with her palm. In several versions of her battle with General Zod, Supergirl was able to land several blows on him before he could react. The only known being capable of moving slightly faster than Supergirl is the speedster Flash, however, once her reflexes adjusted, she was able to perceive the Flash as he ran around Zod (through the generated air-vortex), and she managed to synchronize their superspeed movements to fly through that vortex multiple times, hitting Zod from multiple angles, but never hitting the Flash.
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Supergirl's speed extends to her reflexes as well, as she managed to avoid several strikes from the equally fast General Zod, in many versions of their fight. Her senses and reflexes also quickly adjusted to the Flash's slightly superior speed, allowing Supergirl to synchronize her own superspeed movements with his, as they both attacked Zod simultaneously. Like the Flash, Supergirl sees others as slowed to the point that they're all but frozen in place, though the Flash moves at normal speed while in this state, allowing him to wave to Supergirl. Similarly, when a Russian fired a bullet at Batman, Supergirl saw it as moving slowly, which allowed her to grab the bullet before it hit Batman.
  • Superhuman Vision: Supergirl has eyesight far beyond that of humans. She possesses a superior sensory arrangement of telescopic, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray, and gamma-ray visual capabilities. However, when first exposed to yellow sunlight, Kara was initially overwhelmed by her multiple spectrum vision, though she managed to hone her senses relatively quickly.
    • Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Supergirl can see the entire electromagnetic spectrum when she desires, through mental focus.
    • Telescopic Vision: Supergirl has the ability to focus her vision to see past great distances, mentally zooming in. Hence, while she hovered miles above a military base, she could clearly see both General Zod and Faora interact with human soldiers.
    • X-Ray Vision: Supergirl can focus her vision past layers of matter to see through them. Hence, she was able to clearly see through the clouds while hovering over a military base, and she could see the Flash through the air-vortex that he generated around her and Zod. The only known materials known to be impenetrable to her X-ray vision are lead, the force-field of a Kryptonian Breather, as well as the Kryptonian metal used on vehicles such as the Black Zero.
      Supergirl heat vision

      Supergirl shoots heat rays from her eyes.

    • Heat Vision: Supergirl possesses the ability to emit beams of intense heat from her eyes. They were powerful enough to knock back fellow Kryptonian General Zod, and make him feel burning pain on impact.
  • Superhuman Breath: Supergirl is capable of surviving prolonged periods without oxygen, allowing her to travel at tremendous hypersonic speeds, and blow hard enough to break stone, since she destroyed a stone gargoyle with a sneeze.
"Is it always this loud?"
"Is it loud?"
―Kara Zor-El and Barry Allen[src]
  • Superhuman Hearing: Supergirl possesses tremendous auditory awareness, allowing her to pick up numerous sound frequency's, including both infrasound and ultrasound, from immense distances. Hence, while she hovered miles above a military base, she could clearly hear General Zod's words to the humans.
  • Flight: Supergirl can fly at hypersonic speeds, easily outspeeding the Batwing, and almost keeping up with both Flashes.

Abilities[]

  • Skilled Combatant: Despite her lack of training, Supergirl is a formidable fighter when facing most opponents, due to her tremendous strength and various powers. When facing other Kryptonians with more combat experience, Supergirl takes advantage of her flight and heat vision. In several versions of her fight with General Zod, Supergirl is able to initially overwhelm him, landing multiple blows. However, in each alternate timeline, Zod's superior skills prevail, and so he adjusts after a few minutes, and stabs her to death.
  • Indomitable Will: Supergirl has tremendous determination and strength of will, since she refuses to ever hunker down and give up, even when placed against seemingly insurmountable odds. Hence, despite being badly outmatched against General Zod, she choose to fight him to the death in each alternate timeline.
    • Free Will: Supergirl, like the Earth-1 version of her cousin Superman, possesses a more complete and higher Free Will than other Kryptonians. So, despite initially disliking humans after some of them kept her imprisoned and weak for years, Kara was disgusted by how violent General Zod and Faora were, so she choose to return to the Flashes and Batman, and help them defend humanity.

Weaknesses[]

  • Red Starlight: Supergirl derives her powers from the yellow Sun. If exposed to the radiation from a red star, such as Krypton's sun Rao, she would no longer be able to access her powers and would be only be as powerful as an ordinary human. Hence, the Russians were able to imprison Supergirl in a cell with simulated red sunlight. This decades-long exposure left Supergirl very weak and pale, forcing the Flash to carry her out, into yellow sunlight. However, even one exposure to direct yellow sunlight wasn't enough to counteract the decades of weakening, so Supergirl passed out after only a few minutes of using her powers. Only a second yellow solar exposure fully counteracted her weakening.
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Supergirl is stabbed by Zod

  • Kryptonian Metal: Supergirl, even under a yellow sun, can be wounded by sharp pieces of Kryptonian metal. Hence, General Zod stabbed her to death with his arm-blade in many versions of their final duel in alternate timelines.
  • Sensory Overload (formerly): Supergirl, after first being exposed to Earth's air and yellow sunlight gets overwhelmed by visual and auditory input, but after a few minutes she adjusts enough to defeat the Russian soldiers, after which she passes out. After a second solar exposure on the roof of Wayne Manor, though, Supergirl adjusts fully.

Equipment[]

Suits[]

  • Supersuit: Supergirl wears a protective suit as her super-heroine alter-ego, to hide her identity from her enemies when out fighting crime.

Vehicles[]

Other Equipment[]

Relationships[]

Family[]

Allies[]

Enemies[]

Trivia[]

  • Supergirl in the DC Extended Universe is the fourth live-action adaptation of the character, after Helen Slater, Laura Vandervoort, and Melissa Benoist.
  • The cyrillic letters seen on Supergirl's prison outfit are spelled as "SAMYY OPASNYY" in the English alphabet which is known to translate as "Most Dangerous".
  • While never mentioned in the movie, Kara Zor-El's mother in the comics is Alura In-Ze.

Behind the Scenes[]

  • Before Sasha Calle was cast, Rachel Zegler was initially offered to read for Supergirl.[4]
  • Bruna Marquezine auditioned for the role of Supergirl. She would later be announced to play the role of Jenny in the Blue Beetle film.[5]
  • Originally, Supergirl was going to become the new universe's version Supergirl, seemingly replacing any version of Superman, after Barry reset the timeline prior to James Gunn's new DCU announcement. An alternate ending of the Flash was filmed in which Supergirl and Keaton's Batman are alive after Barry resets the timeline and she visits Barry and Batman at the courthouse to discuss the idea of forming a new version of the Justice League.[6]

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