Who Is Bo-Katan? Mandalorian Season 2's Clone Wars/Rebels Character Explained

The Mandalorian season 2 will feature Katee Sackoff as Bo-Katan Kryze - but who is she exactly, and what ties does she have to the Jedi?

Who Is Bo-Katan? Mandalorian Season 2's Clone Wars/Rebels Character Explained

season 2 will feature Katee Sackoff as Bo-Katan Kryze, the character she voiced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars - but who exactly is Bo-Katan? The coronavirus pandemic has brought chaos to TV networks and film studios, but fortunately production, of The Mandalorian season 2 had been completed before the lockdown.

Lucasfilm has a reputation for being spoiler-averse; that was particularly notable with The Mandalorian season 1, where they managed to keep Baby Yoda a secret until the first episode dropped on Disney+. Still, it's much harder to keep secrets during post-production, especially when they're related to casting. As a result, Disney has recently confirmed Rosario Dawson will play a live-action Ahsoka Tano, Temuera Morrison will be appearing as Boba Fett, and Katee Sackoff will be reprising her  role of Bo-Katan. In truth, given the dearth of entertainment news right now due to the lockdown, Disney is probably quite happy to drip-feed this casting news and continue building anticipation for their popular Star Wars series.

Related: Why The Mandalorian Couldn't Keep Boba Fett A Surprise (Like Baby Yoda)

Bo-Katan Kryze is easily one of the most important figures in Mandalorian culture, so her appearance in The Mandalorian season 2 could likely mean the show is about to dig a lot deeper into Mandalorian society. But just who is she?

Bo-Katan was introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as the disaffected sister of Duchess Satine, Mandalore's ruler. Unlike her sister, Bo-Katan believed Mandalore should embrace its martial history, and she went so far as to join a terrorist group called the Death Watch. She swiftly ascended in the ranks of Death Watch, becoming a lieutenant and running an elite squad called the Nite Owls. The Death Watch had no love for the Republic, distrusting the Jedi, and as a result they soon found themselves manipulated and ultimately betrayed by Count Dooku.

Death Watch forged an alliance with Darth Maul, who planned to frustrate the Jedi and the Sith alike; Bo-Katan opposed this alliance, but was overruled. With Maul's help, Death Watch took control of Mandalore, but to Bo-Katan's fury, Maul then declared himself their new leader - and, therefore, ruler of Mandalore. Bo-Katan led the Nite Owls in a counter-insurgency, and soon Mandalore was caught in a bloody and brutal civil war between rival factions. As the conflict escalated, Bo-Katan decided the only way to bring it to an end was to forge a new alliance with the Republic, and she freed Obi-Wan Kenobi from a trap set by Darth Maul. Sadly, she was unable to prevent the death of her sister.

In The Clone Wars season 7, Bo-Katan once again approached the Jedi and gave them updated intelligence on Maul's location. She participated in the Siege of Mandalore, a victory that happened at the same time as the events of . Bo-Katan was appointed Regent of Mandalore, but she refused to accept the Empire's rule, and as a result another civil war raged on the militaristic planet. She was overthrown by former supercommando Gar Saxon, who became Mandalore's Governor and the Emperor's Hand on Mandalore.

Related: Clone Wars Season 7 Hints At The Mandalorians' Post-Empire Fate

Mandalore knew a form of peace under the Empire, one that lasted nearly two decades. Finally, Bo-Katan returned in , forging an alliance with Clan Wren and successfully destroying an Imperial superweapon called the Duchess. In the end, Sabine Wren chose Bo-Katan as leader for the rebellion, and she wielded the Darksaber - the legendary blade of Mandalore, a unifying symbol in Mandalorian culture.

The Empire responded in force to the Mandalorian uprising, in a tragic attack known as the Great Purge. Nothing is known of Bo-Katan's fate; while she's been cast for The Mandalorian season 2, there's been no indication whether this is a flashback. One thing is for sure, though: the Darksaber was wielded by Moff Gideon at the end of The Mandalorian season 1, and Bo-Katan won't have given it up willingly. If this isn't a flashback, and if Bo-Katan is indeed still alive in the post-Return of the Jedi era, then no doubt she will be able to help the Mandalorian understand the Force powers of Baby Yoda - and she may even be reunited with Padawan Ahsoka Tano, her old frenemy.

More: Star Wars Theory: Boba Fett Will Be The Mandalorian’s Real Villain

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Marvel's Justice League Started The First Comic Civil War

Marvel's first Civil War wasn't fought by Captain America and Iron-Man or any Avenger at all - but by members of Marvel's Justice League parody.

Marvel's Justice League Started The First Comic Civil War

Marvel's Civil War is undoubtedly one of its most iconic events. The idea of two groups of heroes clashing for purely ideological reasons is so rich with storytelling potential that Civil War received both a cinematic adaptation with Captain America: Civil War and a sequel in Civil War II. But Civil War wasn't the first time Marvel explored the idea of a war between superheroes. The first Civil War between superheroes was actually between members of Marvel's Justice League parody, the Squadron Supreme.

Originally debuting in 1969 as the Squadron Sinister, the Squadron Supreme began as Marvel's way of pitting the Avengers against the Justice League without having to ask DC for permission. The Squadron's membership has changed throughout their history but typically consists of analogs to DC's most well-known heroes. Team leader Hyperion is based on Superman, his second in command Power Princess is a pastiche of Wonder Woman, and their voice of dissent Nighthawk evokes Batman. Other members include the Flash-like Whizzer, A more colorful Green Lantern named Doctor Spectrum, and a blonde Zatanna who goes by Arcana. Though the team made numerous appearances in the mainstream Marvel Universe, the Squadron Supreme are best known for their self-titled series which takes place on their own earth.

Related: Iron Man Almost Ended The Civil War As MORE Of A Villain

Published in 1985, Squadron Supreme features the titular team attempting to rebuild their world after a series of catastrophes plunged it into anarchy. To accomplish this, the Squadron takes complete control over all government, brainwashes criminals, and attempts to cure death. The only Squadron member who objects is the team's version of Batman, Nighthawk. He gathers a group of former heroes and villains to end the Squadron's Utopia Project. When the Squadron and Nighthawk's Redeemers inevitably clash at the series' end, heroes on both sides suffer life-changing injuries or death.

Though many of these concepts have been explored in modern comics, the idea of two groups of heroes fighting over differing ideologies was entirely novel at the time. The Squadron and the Redeemers weren't being manipulated by outside forces or a larger villain, they fought because they had incompatible visions for how to wield their power. Neither side of the conflict is entirely evil. Both commit horrible mistakes but ultimately have good intentions. The comic undeniably sides with Nighthawk's Redeemers, but readers are still invited to sympathize with the Squadron and question whether their Utopia project was right or not.

The 1985 Squadron Supreme series had a large influence on the type of stories told by comics. Marvel's two Civil War events take clear inspiration by asking readers to pick sides between their favorite heroes. Elements of Squadron Supreme can even be seen in DC. Kingdom Come ends with a climactic battle between two groups of heroes that results in mass casualties. Identity Crisis centers on a plotline about brainwashing supervillains that inevitably leads a group of heroes to brainwash another hero.

Instead of just using their parody of the Justice League to make fun of the competition, Marvel used their version of the Justice League to comment on superheroes. Squadron Supreme's writer, Mark Grunewald, was a lifelong fan of DC's premier team and that love shows throughout the series. Grunewald was so proud of his work on the book that he stated in his will that he wanted his ashes mixed into the ink of Squadron Supreme's first trade paperback. Rumors have been floating around that the Squadron Supreme may make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If they do, comic fans can only hope that Disney treats the team with the same complexity and empathy that they received in 1985's Squadron Supreme.

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