While Zod does have decades of more experience in combat Superman has a few advantages. Superman has been soaking up the Sun's solar radiation for a long time. He has much more experience in his powers and because he's absorbed solar radiation for so long he's stronger than most Kryptonians. Read more
Since they both are Kryptonians, the longer they soak in yellow sun radiation the stronger they become. Now according to comics and the movie, Zod was in the phantom zone while Kal-El was growing on earth. Due to this Kal grew up under the yellow sun for many years making him stronger.
In later depictions, their abilities are attributed to the differences between Earth's gravity and that of Krypton and the different radiation of the stars they orbit. Kryptonians use solar energy from yellow, blue, orange or white stars on the cellular and molecular levels to gain superhuman abilities.
General Zod is a supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Superman. ... As a Kryptonian, he exhibits the same powers and abilities as Superman and is consequently viewed as one of his greatest enemies alongside Lex Luthor, Darkseid and Brainiac.
All Kryptonians will get same set of powers as "Superman" when exposed to yellow Sun, as per their physiology and Kryptonian DNA. Anyhow, Superman is more powerful than any one other Kryptonians. This is because Kal is sent as infant to Earth and been raised on Earth.
Superhuman Strength: While the exact magnitude of Zod's strength is unknown, it is generally accepted that his strength easily surpasses the capacity to lift 100 tons, but exactly how much more is unknown. Although it is accepted that he is not as strong as Superman or Non.
Kryptonite makes Superman weak because the reason Superman has his powers is that of the Yellow Sun. Kryptonite is from Superman's planet which had tons of Red Sunlight. Kryptonite must have absorbed all that Red Sun making Superman as weak as he was on his planet.
In terms of power, no. They are both Kryptonians and therefore have the same power level. Zod may be more militarily trained or combat trained than Superman is, so that could technically make him more powerful, but he's been beaten by Superman many times.
Kryptonite, that glowing green rock from the core of Krypton, is one of Superman's few Achilles' heels. ... (While an oxyanion of krypton could give scientists a reason to actually call something "kryptonite," the gas is simply non-reactive with most other elements.) 5. It's radiation that makes Superman weak.
Like all Kryptonians, Zod gains an array of powers after exposure to Earth's yellow sun—including, but not limited to, super-strength, flight, super-speed, invulnerability, heat vision and x-ray vision. Beyond his physical abilities, Zod also possess a dangerously intelligent mind with a gift for strategy.
Black Kryptonians were first shown in Superman #234, with the island itself shown on a map in Superman #239. ... It is believed, based on the appearances of black Kryptonians in recent Superman issues, that the Vathlonians eventually were integrated into Krypton proper.
"Rao" is also later written into the Superman mythology as the name of a Kryptonian deity, the personification of their sun, worshipped as a god of light and life. ... As such the name was sometimes invoked in the comics as a Kryptonian exclamation.
9 General Zod
Zod is also much more ruthless in combat and would likely not hesitate to kill any opponent he deems too dangerous. ... However, Zod could approach a battle with Darkseid much more carefully, planning out every move he'd need to keep even with the Dark God and take him down.
In both of those versions kryptonite already existed on Krypton before its destruction. Although in Smallville kryptonite was depicted as a natural element of Krypton and that on Krypton it didn't harmed the kryptonians. In Last Son of Earth it's shown that kryptonite was what led to the destruction of Krypton.
Lex Luthor accidentally creates a Black Kryptonite. Martha used a piece of Black Kryptonite to separate Kal-El from Clark's soul. In the subsequent confrontation, Clark destroyed Kal-El with the Black Kryptonite, fully regaining his body.
Replying to a fan that suggested that only Black Adam could kill Superman, Dwayne Johson said that the anti-villain could definitely kill the superhero. Johnson also wrote that both Superman and Black Adam were unstoppable forces, but Black Adam won't have any problem with killing Superman.
Kryptonians are a species of humanoid aliens from the planet Krypton. Originally, before Superman gained so many other powers, he was presented as having the same super strength, speed and invulnerability as all Kryptonians, even on their home planet Krypton. ...
Zod, having learned how to fly General Zod can fly due to him being able to manipulate his gravity field (since Earth's gravity is lighter than Krypton's) and absorbing yellow sunlight.
Blue Kryptonite strips super-powered Kryptonians of all their abilities, making them mortal and, thus, susceptible to damage and pain as with any human. It is possible that the substance does this by turning off the manifestation of genes that allow Kryptonians to process sunlight while in contact with it.
This rare form of the mineral would destroy a Kryptonian's ability to process yellow sunlight, thus permanently removing their superpowers. It was not otherwise harmful to Kryptonian life.
Exposure to the artificial Red Kryptonite made Superman's skin become transparent and caused him to feel intense pain as well as overload his natural solar absorption to the point his super senses were overwhelmed. Another artificially made Red Kryptonite was created by Mr. Mxyzptlk and given to Lex Luthor as a gift.