I think this is the moment where I fell in love a little with Jor-El, because of the way he tells Clark his birth name, so kindly and warmly. Because Clark has been needing to hear that for such a long time, and this moment feels like a sort of homecoming, done in such a subtle, gentle manner.
I just can’t get over Clark/Kal’s face when he hears his birth name for the first time. And this is after the scene where Jonathan tells Clark that somewhere out there he had another father who gave him another name, so to finally hear it, to finally know where he came from…this is why his Kryptonian side is just as important as his human upbringing. Adopting a child from another culture comes with that child needing to understand a side of them that, bless them, their adoptive parents will not be able to explain or sympathize with. And Clark doesn’t love the Kents any less for it, but it is something he has needed his entire life, and now he understands, he knows, and he can reconcile that part of himself and become a whole person.
"That’s my name?"
Not gonna lie, I felt just the tiniest bit teary inside watching his face at this exact moment too. :p
The movie really nailed it, in terms of developing Clark’s sense of belonging, which is not at odds at all, with how the Kents have loved and raised him. It would be the conventional route (although it’s definitely not unrealistic) to make Clark or the Kents resent, fear or to be just plain indifferent to his Kryptonian heritage.
But not this movie though. I love how accepting the Kents are of Clark’s intergalactic origins, even encouraging him to go out there and search for whatever means possible to find out where he comes from. Martha was even all like, if you have anymore Kryptonians coming to Earth, let them come down here to the farm, I’ll adopt them too!
And of course, it’s a two way street. I cannot appreciate enough that they’ve given such a determined, steadfast portrayal of Jor & Lara. It cements the implication that if they have been the ones to raise Kal instead on Krypton — he would’ve still grown up to be the kind and upstanding young man that we have in the movie.