DC's Stargirl creator and cast tease 'terrifying' season 2 villain Eclipso
When DC's Stargirl returns for a second season, the heroes of the new Justice Society of America will have to step up their game.
During Sunday's New York Comic Con panel for the CW series, creator and showrunner Geoff Johns revealed some fascinating (and intimidating) information about the latest adversary going Courtney's (Brec Bassinger) path: DC supervillain Eclipso.
"I'm so excited for Eclipso. He's so terrible. I've always loved the character," said Johns. "He's a very different antagonist, or villain, than the ISA. We're just starting to cast him, so we're looking for it. And I have these wonderful designs by [specialist costume designer] LJ Shannon about what he's up to look like." But it's such a different, darker, more frightening threat. "
At the end of the season one finale, fans saw Shiv (Meg DeLacy) looking for a black diamond that contained something with a very wicked laugh. "[Cindy's] got the black diamond and of course we're going to investigate that, but the thing about this, this entity that is trapped, is this ancient being who has grown up from its own sins and the grief and fear and darkness of humanity fed, "said Johns. “It's been around a long time and it hurts to do what it does and feed on the darkness in humanity. It will take a long time to look at this, and it will be the JSA and each of our wonderful ones need." Characters to a place that will be difficult for them to explore. "
Johns also referred to Eclipso's comic book story, which doesn't have the happiest ending for two of the current JSA members: Wildcat (Yvette Monreal) and Dr. Mid-Nite (Anjelika Washington). "It's definitely not a good story," says Washington. "It's a very, very, very scary story that I don't want to revisit." Whether the show will follow the same path has yet to be announced, but let's just say Washington is right to be concerned.
Another new villain making their debut in season 2 is the Shade, who was also teased at the end of the season one finale. "We'll see a lot of the shadow," revealed Johns. "He's another major character who will appear in Season 2. He's quite a famous and popular character from James Robinson's run on Starman ... He's an immortal who has been around for hundreds of years. He's a member of the ISA ... and he was the only ISA member who wasn't in Blue Valley today, but we saw him when the shadow hand grabbed Dr. Mid-Nite at the pilot's opening. "
As if the JSA didn't have enough worries with Shiv and Eclipso, Johns explains that the Shadow may be their most terrifying opponent yet. "As Pat [Luke Wilson] Courtney will say at some point, he's the most powerful of them all," said Johns. "He's very threatening because nobody knows exactly what he wants. But we'll play with the shadow a lot."
As for the green lantern and "giggling pink pencil" that Courtney stole that haven't found owners, Johns teased that he didn't know "how under control Courtney will be in all of these things, so we'll see." " But yeah, we'll see that stuff. "And while the showrunner wouldn't reveal what Sylvester Pemberton's (Joel McHale) return means to the new JSA (and specifically Courtney, who picked up his coat and thinks he's dead), he said fans are learning a lot more about it will premier immediately, in Season 2.
Check out the full Stargirl panel from DC above.
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