THE SUPERWOMAN FROM KRYPTON [AN INTRODUCTION]
Written by MalloryDyatlov59 :: [Tuesday, 21 March 2023 18:06] Last updated by :: [Friday, 31 March 2023 15:04]
What would you think about an alternate universe with a female-Clark as Superwoman in the golden age, is the only change together with her love interest, is not Earth-11...meet Clara Kent/Superwoman!
[This is a first board to stablish characters and the context, every suggestion, criticism or comment is well received and deserved before advancing with the first stories!
The Woman of Steel
NAME: KALA-EL/CLARA JOSEPHINE KENT/SUPERWOMAN
Assistant Reporter Clara Josephine Kent
BORN: Krypton, a moon in a distant galaxy// 28/02/1918, SMALLVILLE, KANSAS
PROFESSION: ASSISTANT REPORTER
PLACE: METROPOLIS (NYC)
- Farmgirl, born Kansas 1918. No sisters no brothers.
- Nicest girl in the office but very unffuny
- Disappears without reason very often.
- Lives alone in a little flat, has a dog called Krypto
- Daddy issues, his father didn’t let her pursue a career as ballet dancer or swimmer (he didn’t want her to take advantage of her powers), died when she was 18
- Former nurse during the war
- Loves children and dogs
- Tomboyish trails. Not quite elegant.
- Music-Hall fan, Katherine Hepburn and James Stewart fan
- Favourite books: Scarlet Pimpernel adventures, Jane Austen, Upton Sinclair and Virginia Wolf, somewhat eclectic
- She does a lot of sucking up to his boss (not literally), a 1940s very liberal Republican style journalist Perry Weiss, chief editor of the Daily Planet. She hates her boss Cat Grant
- Ambiguous relationship with her other boss Louis Lane, she is deeply in love with him and so he is with her, but he is married and he hates Superwoman
- Strange friendship with young millionaire Bruce Wayne
- Always good scoops but never appears in the front line and too stubborn and independent to grow fast in the newspaper
- Progressive quaker like her fathers
- Civil rights supporter
- Hates General McArthur, hates even more Lex Luthor
- Loves Eleanor Roosevelt but also Governor Dewey.
- Hates guns
- Supports unions, splits ticket between Metropolis Liberal Party and the two main parties. Politicians must be kind.
- Superpowers like invulnerability, flight, super-speed, super-hearing, super-stamina, super-strength, X-ray vision, enhanced instincts, etc
- Can flight to a Match100 speed
- Acts as Superwoman since 1945
- Defeated Zod invasion in 1946
- Initial bad relationship with Batman but now close friends and allies
- Didn’t act as Superwoman during the World War II because she was afraid of her powers, after the discovery of the holocaust and the atomic bombs she decided to step in and showed herself to the world on autumn 1945.
- Worst enemy: Lex Luthor, heir of Nikola Tesla, rocket engineer & CEO of TELCORP (Tesla-Luthor Co.)
- Deeply in love with Louis Lane, which strongly rejects the Superheroine
- She hides her supersuit and cape under her normal clothes. The material is extraordinarily thin, flexible and resistant, and very easy to wear under normal clothing. Whenever someone needs Superwoman, she just needs to find an inconspicuous place, rip her shirt, unfold her cape and fly away at full speed.
- Widely admired
FAMILY & ORIGINS
The El family & Krypton demise
Jor-El and Lara Zod (left), Krypton demise (right)
Krypton was a decadent civilization located on a moon near a large gaseous planet in the orion belt. In the past they had visited earth and other planets expanding civilization, but their penchant for slavery, war, resource extraction and violence caused many of these projects to fail. Even in 10,500 BC the Kryptonians almost caused the terraforming of the earth, melting the poles and destroying Atlantis and other civilizations, causing among other things the end of the ice age.
Over the centuries the Kryptonians lost the fuel necessary to travel and ended up confined to their planet, dedicated to warfare, genetic engineering-creating clones whose organs they needed to extend their lives-to pleasure and to exploiting the subsoil of their planet.
Jor-El and Lara were a couple of scientists critical of the system and supporters of a kind of democracy and pacifism. They had a daughter, Kala-El in a natural way against all the rules of Krypton. Lara managed to manufacture a small ship capable of making a space jump to save her daughter from the end of Krypton. General Zod stole her design and managed to build a larger fleet of ships but Jor-El managed to sabotage them and send them to the phantom zone. Lara decided to send Kala to Earth, trusting that the culture of this planet was much more hopeful and kind, and less close to the errors of Krypton than that of other distant inhabited planets, Jor-El preferred to send her to New Genesis, another distant inhabited planet, because there Kala would receive less radiation and develop less extraordinary abilities, but finally Lara convinced him.
Joe & Martha Kent, Kansas life
Joe&Martha Kent (left), early teenager Clara during the great depression.
Joe and Martha Kent were a Quaker farming couple whose farm was struck by the pod carrying Kala-El in 1918. Although owners of substantial property they were a very humble, cooperative, austere, devout and civil rights-minded people. Martha Kent was a descendant of Kansas abolitionist guerrilla fighter John Brown. They both raised Clara very lovingly and unwilling to ask too many questions about the baby's origin. Clara was a very sickly child as her body did not adapt to the earth, she was affectionate and obedient and devoured books. The Kent family were avowed supporters of the New Deal and Joe Kent was one of the leaders of the local farmers union
With puberty she developed very fast and her superpowers began to appear. Clara soon began to excel in swimming and ballet, but Joe forbade her to pursue a professional career to prevent her from taking advantage of her powers, and also forbade her to use her superpowers to help others, fearful of humanity's reaction and wary of savior messiahs in the era of interwar dictators. Clara rebelled against her father but eventually gave in. In 1936 Joe Kent died of a heart attack. Clara was unable to go to college after her father's death and worked as a teacher and nurse's aide in Smalville. Her engagement to Pete Ross, her teenage sweetheart failed in 1939 when she revealed her powers to Pete and he panicked, although he later promised to keep the secret.
Between 1939 and 1941 Clara lived in Canada and Alaska searching for the Fortress of Solitude, a place a strange device in her pod was pointing, but with the outbreak of World War II she decided to enlist as a nurse in the Pacific, refusing to use her powers except to help the wounded, fearing to cause more harm than good. After a leave of absence in 1944 she returned to Alaska where she found the Fortress of Solitude and its true origin.
After learning about the Holocaust first and the atomic bombs later, Clara decided to become Superwoman with the support of her mother Martha and emigrated to Metropolis, where in October 1945 she was hired by Louis Lane, who had just returned from Europe.
DAILY PLANET CHARACTERS
-Major Louis Lane, senior reporter in the Daily Planet, see below
-Perry Weiss, owner and editor in chief of the Daily Planet. Born in Oddessa in 1886. Jewish inmigrant from humble origins who became a skilled journalist and founded the Daily Planet as a tool of the Metropolis Republican Party to unseat the city bosses of the time. Still a staunch liberal republican, he supported Roosevelt in 1932 and 1936, is an ally of Mayor LaGuardia and won the Pulitzer Prize in the 1920s for defending the innocence of Sacco and Vanzetti. Friend and ally of Louis Lane's father. He is very demanding with his employees but is very fond of Clara. He admires and defends Superwoman despite Louis Lane's distrust. Best friend of Cat Grant.
-Cat Grant, co-chair of Perry Weiss in the editorial board, Pulitzer winner, closeted lesbian and Ayn Rand Fan. Born 1901, she comes from a fine family of Metropolis Kineckerbockers. She is like Louis the least liberal element of the newspaper. To protect herself she married a very old friend of her father's who helped her lead a double life. For twenty years she lived with a painter named Margaret Ivy. Considered the best writer of the Daily Planet, in addition to being a journalist she has published two novels. Very elegant and popular in intellectual circles. She is tremendously authoritarian. She mistreats Clara a lot because she does not respect her authority and because of her different political ideas, but as Clara grows as a journalist and Cat Grant suspects that she is Superwoman, she will protect her and push her forward without Clara knowing it. Best friend of Perry Weiss.
-Jimmy Olsen , assistant photographer and best friend of Clara. He comes from a town in Massachusetts. He is 7 years younger than Clara. He is a party animal, friendly, generous and somewhat naive. Yet he is a skilled photographer who has been able to capture the worst of the night and day of Metropolis. Miraculously he always gets the best pictures of Superwoman (Clara helps him a little). Very democratic and complains about working for a newspaper that is too conservative for his taste. Adores Clara whom he treats as his big sister. It doesn't even cross his mind that she is Superwoman. Jimmy thinks that Louis is a snob and a bigot.
Major Louis Lane and daughter Emily (left), Pat Lane (neé Kelly) Louis's unfaithful wife
NAME: LOUIS LANE
BORN: 08/02/1912, METROPOLIS (NYC)
PROFESSION: SENIOR REPORTER
PLACE: METROPOLIS (NYC)
- Rich family, born in 1912, first of 6 brothers
- Caustic, cynical, ironic but somewhat kind
- Lives in Park Avenue with a 6-year old daughter and his rich unfaithful wife, socialité and fashion writer Patricia Kelly. Very unhappy marriage
- Major rank during the war in the US army.
- Elegant, sportsman, plays violin.
- Teaches musics lessons in an orphan house in secret
- Not that snobbish nor Wasp, new rich family traits
- Classic music and literature lover
- Heavy drinker
- Does not enjoy journalism, thinking of quitting to politics or teaching literature
- Jewish father (Lane surname is a change from Lantzman), Irish catholic mother, raised catholic and religious, but not extremely orthodox
- His father is a self-made tycoon, started as democrat in the Tammany Hall switched to republican. Close ally of Mayor LaGuardia.
- Fought in the european theater during World War II. Conservative republican opposed to his father liberal republican views, loves McArthur.
- Has a good opinion of Lex Luthor, sees him as an innovator and freedom fighter.
- Perry Weiss favourite reporter.
- Very nice and paternalistic to Clara, pushes Clara's career forward despite Cat Grant's opposition. He is secretly in love with Clara. Although he rejects Superwoman and suspects she is the same person as Clara, he deludes himself and rejects these suspicions.
- Tired of New Deal Politics, anticommunist
- “a brilliant and kind man” for the majority of the Daily Planet staff, a “terrible asshole” for many others like Jimmy Olsen
- Strongly rejects Superwoman and other heroes
- Sometimes Clara really hates him.
- Famous line “Neither reds nor capes”
- He lives a bizarre love triangle with Clara Kent and Superwoman. Although he publicly rejects the superheroine he also desires her and he and Superwoman have had moments of passion, which Louis feels guilty about because he is married and because of his religion. On the other hand he is in love with Clara Kent as much as he rejects the figure of Superwoman, he deludes himself about the identity of both. A bit James Stewart in Vertigo, which destabilizes and infuriates Clara. Louis Lane & Clara Kent/Superwoman extremely bizarre love triangle
Rocket engineer, CEO of TELCORP and Heir of Nikola Tesla. Brilliant scientist, defines himself as a "radical humanist", but in the early 30s supported closetely fascism to stop "imperialism" and "usury" and now secretly supports Stalin to defeat "predatory western capitalism". The world's greatest philanthropist. Loving father and husband. Hates Superwoman to death and believes she spells the end of humanity. Paranoid and ruthless but convinced that he does everything for the greater good.
General Zod & Faora
Political dissidents like the El on Krypton on the other hand believed that Krypton's only salvation lay in emigrating and invading, terraforming and exterminating other planets. They almost succeeded in a coup d'état but after their failure they and their henchmen tried to flee by space jumping their ships, Jor-El managed to sabotage the launch and send them to the phantom zone. Over the years they managed to escape and arrived on Earth in 1946, shortly after Clara showed herself to the world as Superwoman. They tried to exterminate all humanity but Superwoman and some American and Russian scientists managed to defeat them. Their invasion caused 5,000 human casualties but could have caused complete extermination. The experience was traumatic for Clara because she had to send Zod and Faora back to the phantom zone where they would surely die. Zod, Faora and their henchmen had not yet developed the full powers of a yellow sun like Earth's and so several of them were killed by human bombs and missiles. Their remains were stored by Russians and Americans. Superwoman managed to expel all Kryptonian technology and weaponry into space so that humans would not use it for warfare.
Winslow Schott, former entrepreneur and inventor of the 1920s toy business who was ruined in the Great Depression by banks and various betrayals. After a crime spree he was imprisoned in 1933 but escaped from prison recently completely crazed and ready to take revenge on the whole city using his inventions.
A truly near-indestructible abomination mistakenly created by the U.S. military in Zone 51 using the remains of the Kryptonians defeated by Superwoman in the failed 1946 invasion and a strange alien technology found in Roswell that was hidden from Superwoman.
Brainiac "the eternal traveller"
An android, product of the merging a famous astronaut and artificial intelligence, which was used by the first civilization of Krypton to collect information from other worlds. It is more than 100,000 years old. With the passage of time he revealed against the Kryptonians, became evil and phobic to any form of life that he considered imperfect or inferior. It caused the destruction of many cultures. He wanders through space visiting planets and analyzing life forms. He probably has no enthusiasm for humans, much less for a descendant of the House of El.