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Spoiler warning for individuals who have not but watched Stargirl’s Season 1 finale.
To shut out its action-packed first season, DC’s Stargirl appeared to fully shut out of its essential storylines earlier than organising a six-week time soar to guide everybody into Season 2’s first act. The final thing viewers received to see earlier than that heartwarming time soar, nevertheless, was Cindy Burman in full-blown Shiv mode, ransacking William “The Wizard” Zarick’s non-public belongings. (Not like he’d care anymore, amirite?) She finally found a field, and inside that field, a shining jewel. And to that jewel, she stated the identify “Eclipso.”
For anybody unfamiliar with DC Comics historical past, that was probably one of many extra random moments in Stargirl‘s debut season, particularly for a personality that spent the previous couple of episodes locked up inside her father Dragon King’s lair. However for individuals who do have a eager information of comedian books, Eclipso is a reputation that strikes worry and pleasure. So let’s check out what we all know concerning the harmful villain from the supply materials, in addition to how he would possibly enter the story in Stargirl Season 2.
What Is Eclipso’s Origin Story?
The first time comedian readers have been launched to Eclipso was throughout the pages of Home of Secrets and techniques #61, revealed again in July 1963, with a number of iterations of the villain being developed through the years. Within the first iteration, the solar-energy scientist Bruce Gordon (whose identify was certainly Batman-inspired) was attacked by a sorcerer whereas making an attempt to view a photo voltaic eclipse. The sorcerer wounded Gordon with a black diamond, which precipitated the Eclipso persona to emerge anytime there was a photo voltaic eclipse. That phenomenon is what impressed Eclipso’s look, additionally.
Although Eclipso was one thing extra of a generic villain within the early days, his story received revamped within the 1990s to disclose that Bruce Gordon was truly being possessed by a vengeful demon whose soul was trapped inside 1,00zero shards of a large black diamond referred to as the Coronary heart of Darkness, however was nonetheless allowed to own anybody who got here into contact with the shards. He was later described as being the spirit of God’s wrath, and it was Eclipso who was answerable for flooding the Earth in Biblical instances. (Naturally.) Principally, Eclipso is among the most purely evil and pandemonium-focused villains in DC’s annals.
In later tales, Eclipso moved on from the Bruce Gordon alter ego, and he took on varied different varieties. One in all them will probably be mentioned under, however it’s value noting that the demon additionally took possession of Ray Palmer’s one-time spouse Jean Loring, and most lately took maintain of Maxwell Lord within the Rebirth occasion. Oh yeah, and he additionally possessed Superman at one level. SUPERMAN. If that does not converse to his talents, I do not know what’s going to.
What Are Eclipso’s Powers?
Talking of talents, Eclipso is a kind of comedian e-book baddies that may principally do something that the a author would want him to in an effort to put others at risk, whether or not it would be one individual or actually a complete nation of individuals. As already talked about, Eclipso can possess the minds and our bodies of regular individuals and metahumans, aliens, and many others., and he truly boosts different supes’ talents when he is in management, making them much more highly effective. Tack onto that the power to carry out magic, and also you principally have already got an unstoppable villain, and one which was even in a position to take out The Spectre. However he is received far more powers than simply these.
Even when he is simply in standard-issue Eclipso kind, the villain is able to flight, and might change his measurement to be no matter he chooses, from a gnat to a 747. He is additionally rocking the type of super-strength that gods would envy, and he could make others extra highly effective simply by prepared it so. In his earliest incarnation, Eclipso would shoot highly effective blasts from his eyes (with assist from the black diamond), and that energy quickly developed into the villain having the ability to shoot power blasts from his fingers and different physique elements. And once more, that complete “magic” factor can’t be understated, since that makes his powers nearly limitless.
However not fully limitless. Since he is a comic book e-book villain, Eclipso does have some weaknesses that cease him from being too unstoppable. For one, having the ability to solely possess these in reference to Coronary heart of Darkness shards is fairly limiting in and of itself. Plus, given the character’s ties to eclipses, Eclipso has a weak spot in terms of the solar, and (at instances) is simply in a position to seem at evening. At this level, in fact, it is unclear how a lot of this may play out on the TV present.
How Is Eclipso Linked To Yolanda Montez In The Comics?
Within the comics, Yolanda Montez served as Wildcat II, the super-successor to her godfather Ted Grant, and was a part of the offspring-filled Infinity, Inc. After that group disbanded, Wildcat II joined Amanda Waller’s Eclipso-hunting crew dubbed the Shadow Fighters (for a 1993 comedian e-book arc). Sadly, Yolanda was one in every of a number of heroes who was killed by Eclipso in that ongoing battle.
Logically sufficient, Eclipso quickly grew to become the goal of Yolanda’s vengeful cousin Alex Montez, who discovered a strategy to each tackle Eclipso’s powers whereas additionally controlling the evil entity. (Clearly by gathering and liquifying 999 of the Coronary heart of Darkness shards in order that he may inject them into his bloodstream, whereas utilizing the lone strong shard to carry his Eclipso-ness out.) After spending some time giving Eclipso a superb identify as a hero of kinds, Alex later sacrificed himself to cease the demon from taking up extra of his persona.
Stargirl followers have been already launched to Alex Montez in Episode 4, “Wildcat,” solely with a reasonably large change-up. Geoff Johns’ live-action Alex has been introduced as Yolanda’s brother as an alternative of her cousin, and he is additionally some years youthful than her. So anybody anticipating to see the Alex/Eclipso connection from the comics is perhaps out of luck. MIGHT be.
How Might Eclipso Match Into Stargirl Season 2?
As said above, it does not appear super-likely that Alex Montez goes to get his time to shine as Eclipso, at the very least not in Season 2. (Had he or Yolanda been round when Shiv found that jewel, I may presumably be satisfied in any other case.) So it is type of a thriller precisely what’s going to occur, particularly contemplating we’re not even conscious of how Shiv knew about Eclipso to start with. Positive, she’s the daughter of scientific anomaly inside a bunch of supervillains, however I severely doubt Dragon King or The Wizard was eager to share all the pieces along with her.
The solely villain that viewers know for positive is lifeless is Brainwave, with Wildcat having taken him fully out of fee. So it is very probably that the surviving ISA members will come collectively as soon as extra, presumably to take a second stab at that complete “management everyone’s minds” plan. After all, if Eclipso is concerned, the villains would not even technically want all the large electronics to make others do their bidding. Or perhaps Shiv fully separated herself from ISA actions throughout the six-month time soar, and developed a extra private relationship with Eclipso throughout that point. Not in a romantic manner or something, however relatively gaining one another’s belief and developing with a plan to take everybody else out once they least anticipate it.
Not that I believe Eclipso will present up and simply routinely do all the pieces that Shiv desires with out having a couple of motives of his personal. It would not be a wild assumption to assume that, on this universe, Joel McHale’s Sylvester “Starman” Pemberton most likely had one thing to do with Eclipso’s origins, together with the remainder of the Justice Society. So there is a sturdy likelihood the villain will not be too blissful to see its reformation.
Stargirl Season 1 is at the moment accessible to stream in full on DC Universe whereas it is nonetheless round, with Season 2 coming completely to The CW, although it is not identified when filming will probably be beginning up. Keep tuned for CinemaBlend for extra protection, and hold present with our Fall 2020 TV premiere schedule to see what else is coming to the small display screen quickly.