The second season of DC’s Stargirl is still a few months away but the sophomore outing is set to introduce fans to a brand cast of characters. Both good and evil. One of the new villains that’ll be making their debut in season 2 is the ancient evil entity, Eclipso! In a brand new exclusive straight from TVLine, we get our first look at the character who will be played by Arrow alum Nick Tarabay.
In the series, Eclipso is described as “physically imposing and frightening. Brimming with a cold, terrifying darkness, Eclipso exploits the flaws of others, reveling in the impure and sinful, sadistically feeding off the dark side of humanity.” At the end of Stargirl’s first season, the character was teased when Shiv (played by Meg DeLacy) rummaged through the dearly departed Wizard’s storage locker, looking for a diamond shard inside of which seemed to reside the vengeful villain.
Comic Book History
Created by Bob Haney and Lee Elias, Eclipso first appeared in House of Secrets #61. He is the original Spirit of God’s Wrath. After his fall, he became an agent of chaos, possessing others to fulfill his nefarious needs. There have been many hosts of Eclipso throughout the pages of DC but the first person who was possessed by the ancient spirit was a man named Bruce Gordon.
An inside joke on Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon, Bruce Gordon was a scientist specializing in solar energy. While in the jungle to view a solar eclipse, Gordon was attacked by a tribal sorcerer named Mophir. Before plunging to his death off a cliff, Mophir wounded Gordon with a black diamond. Afterwards, Gordon transformed into the villainous Eclipso whenever an eclipse occurred. A blue-gray or purple circle covered the rightmost two-thirds of his face, resembling a partial eclipse. Gordon experienced many Jekyll-and-Hyde transformations and misadventures in House of Secrets. During this period, Eclipso was portrayed as a conventional villain, possessing super-strength, partial invulnerability, and eye blasts. Eclipso’s transformations were later altered so that any type of natural eclipse, lunar or solar, would cause Eclipso and Gordon to split from one another, while an “artificial eclipse”, an object blocking out a light source, would merely transform Gordon into Eclipso. Any bright flash of light would banish Eclipso back into Bruce Gordon’s body or reverse the change.
Other characters that are set to make their debut in Stargirl season 2 are Jim Gaffigan as Thunderbolt, Alkoya Brunson as Jakkem Thunderbolt, Jonathan Cake as The Shade, Ysa Penarejo in an undisclosed role, and The Flash’s John Wesley Shipp returning to play Jay Garrick of the new Earth-2 on The CW.
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