Potential spoilers ahead for Young Justice: Phantoms, Episode 18, “Beyond the Grip of the Gods!,” now streaming on HBO Max.
Young Justice is known for its rich storytelling and its expansive take on the DC Universe. Fans have been treated to storylines that delve deep into different characters, their backstories and their complicated family relationships. The show’s latest episode did exactly that by bringing into the fold one of Superman’s major antagonists — and by doing so it made a big callback to Syfy’s Superman prequel Krypton.
Young Justice‘s latest episode, “Beyond the Grip of the Gods!”, disclosed the identity of the mysterious individual who was responsible for the bomb that “killed” Superboy. The young man was unveiled as Lor-Zod, who was seemingly working for Darkseid. It was also revealed that Superboy and Phantom Girl have been trapped in the Phantom Zone and are not actually dead, although their fate might be worse than death. This is confirmed by a fellow Phantom Zone prisoner: General Dru-Zod, who is a major enemy of Superman.
Besides being responsible for Superboy’s presumed death, Lor-Zod seems to be the man that Saturn Girl, Phantom Girl and Chameleon Boy traveled back in time for. Lor-Zod is seen using a Time-Sphere to travel and camouflage himself; the fact that he travels with a Time-Sphere and is pursued by the Legion of Superheroes indicates that he might be from the future. More importantly, both Lor-Zod and Dru-Zod appearing in the same episode is almost certainly not a coincidence.
New episodes of Young Justice: Phantoms drop every Thursday on HBO Max.