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Some of you have been freaking out a bit online over recent rumors that Superman's home planet of Krypton isn't destroyed in the upcoming Zack Snyder film Man of Steel, which potentially ruins a key element of Superman's origin as the last survivor of a doomed planet whose entire culture has been lost. Kal-El is launched into outer space as a baby, supposedly because he’s special and considered dangerous by other Kryptonians. The rumors also claimed that Kal-El is the only Kryptonian who wasn't genetically engineered to be a soldier or scientist, and instead was just born naturally, which makes him an abomination on Krypton. In additional, there was possibly a Kryptonian civil war and when the film's villain General Zod comes to Earth, part of his plan is to bring Kal-El back to Krypton.
However, according to actor Russell Crowe, Krypton is apparently destroyed in the film as Rao intended. In a recent post on his Twitter account, Crowe made the following statement:
ahem...as I was saying...my name is Jor El, of Krypton, as my planet dies I send 2 you my son, Kal. So he may live. He will arrive June 14
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 4, 2013
That's right, "as my planet dies." And hey, if you can't trust Superman's natural father Jor-El on the subject of Krypton's destruction, who can you trust?