In order to understand Kryptonian powers and weaknesses, we determine whether the powers demonstrated in the Battle of Smallville were the product of Kryptonian armor. Contrasting the strength demonstrated in Smallville against the strength of Kryptonians on the Black Zero or back on Krypton, it is evident that the armor does not give super strength.
If Kryptonian armor provided super strength, Jor-El and Zod might have decapitated each other with their strikes to the head, mere doors would not block the guards attempting to stop Lois, and Lois would not have been able to kick Car-Vex off to escape. The Kryptonians on the Black Zero aren’t powered at all. They are downed by Lois firing small-arms fire and Jax-Ur explicitly tells Kal-El his strength is neutralized aboard the ship.
We can explain Car-Vex damaging the pod’s molding simply because an armored gauntlet is still a viable weapon capable of causing that kind of damage without super strength.
How do we explain the Phantom Zone criminals’ strength in Smallville? One possibility is that they’re not breathing Kryptonian atmosphere to begin with… when their helmets are compromised, neither Zod nor Faora experience respiratory distress in transitioning from whatever they were breathing before to Earth atmosphere. However, being in direct sunlight as a source of powers suggests it is irrelevant whatever they were breathing.
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The prevalence of armor, substantiates the idea that Krypton was a martial or warrior culture where even its foremost scientist had to be versed in combat.
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MOSAIC Episode 1 – Kryptonian Tech!
MOSAIC Episode 4 – Powers Part 2 – Heat Vision, Super Strength, Invulnerability
MOSAIC Episode 7 – Weaknesses Part 2 – Observed, Speculated & Interests