Ursa was created for the 1978 film Superman and it's sequel. Faora served as the basis for the character and apart from the name change, both have many similarities.
History (New Earth)
Last Son (Part II)
The Kryptonian Science Council discovered that two of their most revered scientists, Jor-El and Non, had determined that in a short matter of time, Krypton would suffer geothermic upheavel that would destroy the entire planet. Branding them as heretics, the cowardly members of the Science Council sent General Zod and his militants to Jor-El's laboratory to arrest he and Non. Ursa was in charge of placing the two scientists under arrest and handing them over to the council. The Science Council administered a stern warning to them, and set them free. Before long, Zod and Ursa discovered that Jor-El and Non had been right all along. Krypton had little time left. Non ignored the Council's warning and preached to the populace of Krypton revealing everything he knew of the pending disaster. Zod and Ursa defected from the military and joined Non's cause. Soon after, Non was captured and lobotomized under orders of the Science Council.
This incident drove Zod over the edge, and Ursa and he began an insurrection that made them the most wanted criminals on the planet. They were eventually captured and brought to justice. Jor-El argued on their behalf, and swayed the Science Council from sentencing them to death. Instead, Jor-El elected for a more peaceful means of punishment - exile in the Phantom Zone.
Rebirth (Prime Earth)
During Cyborg Superman's plans on forming a team to take revenge on Superman, he recruits General Zod. However, most of the team doesn't want Zod as there leader, Zod then betrays them and sends the Eradicator II and Cyborg Superman into the Phantom Zone. Henry Henshaw thinks they are there to retrieve Zod's army, but instead the Eradicator is given orders by Zod to rescue his wife Ursa and there son Lor-Zod to help begin Zod's plans on rebuilding a new Krypton. Cyborg Superman is left trapped in the Zone.
Powers & Abilities
As a member of the Kryptonian Military Guild, she received extensive training in the use of weapons, applicable technology, hand to hand combat, strategy, and survival techniques.
As a Kryptonian, she has several amazing powers when in a solar system with a yellow sun:
- Flight: Can defy gravity and fly under her own power, even through outer space.
- Super Strength: Has great strength. Can lift more than 1,000,000 tons.
- Super Speed: Can travel great distances in an instant. Able to move nearly as fast as The Flash.
- Super Hearing: Can hear any sound at any volume or pitch and filer out and focus in on specific voices even in a crowded city.
- Endurance: Doesn't need to sleep, eat, or drink, can survive in outer space, and can maintain psychical exertion for very long periods of time without tiring.
- Heat Vision: Can fire rays of extreme heat and power from her eyes.
- X-Ray Vision: Can see through anything except lead.
- Telescopic Vision: Can focus her vision down to the microscopic level, or extend it out and focus it on objects far, far away.
- Super Breath: Can create whirlwinds by forcefully exhaling, or freeze objects or opponents by blowing freezing cold air at them (a.k.a. ice breath).
- Durability: Nearly impervious to any harm. Though can be hurt by beings with equal or greater power than her own, by magic, or by Kryptonite.
- Longevity: Ages much slower, though is not truly immortal.
- Healing: Can heal rapidly from injury.
- Photographic Memory: Can read at high speeds and remember every detail, as well as remember anything she's experienced with perfect clarity.
In the first Superman film, Ursa appears alongside General Zod and Non as they are being sentenced to the Phantom Zone by Superman's Kryptonian father, Jor-El. Jor-El describes her as "the woman Ursa, whose perversions and unreasoning hatred of all mankind has threatened even the children of the planet Krypton." She was played by actress Sarah Douglas.
In Superman II, Ursa, Zod, and Non are freed from the Phantom Zone when a hydrogen bomb thrown into space by Superman detonates near the Zone, shattering it. The three go on to take over the Earth. They battle Superman, but Superman realizes he can't beat them, the villains are then led to the Fortress of Solitude in the arctic, where Ursa and Non threaten to tear Lois Lane in two if Superman does not kneel to General Zod. Superman attempts to trick the villains into a molecule chamber that will take away their powers but ends up being forced into it himself by Zod. However, Superman has actually tricked the villains: he reversed the effects of the molecule chamber so that its red sun radiation is beamed throughout the fortress while Superman remains protected inside the chamber. The villains are stripped of their powers and Ursa is last seen when Lois punches her, knocking her into a crevasse in the Fortress where she disappears into the mist.
The theatrical version and the later reedited version Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut suggests that they are dead, as they are all seen falling into crevices inside the Fortress from which they never come out. But when Superman turns back time to avoid the devastation of the planet caused by the super-villains, Ursa and the others are re-imprisoned in the Phantom Zone. She was once again played by Sarah Douglas.
A criminal on the planet Krypton that was banished to the Phantom Zone for her crimes. Afterwards Ursa and Faora assisted Zod when he sent the "hunter" to Metropolis to fight Superman.
Ursa, Zod and Non make a cameo appearance in Sub-Zero's ending, in this scenario for Brainiac's defeat, the three, along with Superman, escape the Phantom Zone and were released onto the world where they are seen fighting Batman, Supergirl and Sub-Zero.