Stargirl is coming to the DC Universe streaming service on May 11th and the CW on May 12th. New episodes will air on DC Universe each Monday and the CW each Tuesday. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns serve as executive producers.
The character Stargirl was created by Geoff Johns and artist Lee Moder in 1999. Johns based the character on his late sister who was killed in the 1996 TWA Flight 800 explosion.
Courtney Whitmore, or Stargirl, will be played by Brec Bassinger who Johns thinks perfectly embodies the character he created. “There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl, and after searching far and wide I can say there is no other actor on the planet that embodies her more than Brec Bassinger,” Johns said “Brec’s warmth, strength, humor, and positive energy are core to what Courtney Whitmore is. I’m so grateful she’s signed on for the role.”
Who Is Stargirl?
Stargirl follows Courtney Whitmore, a high schooler who recently gained a stepfather and stepbrother. She and her family move to Blue Valley, Nebraska and she discovers her stepfather’s secret. He was once the sidekick for the Justice Society of America hero Starman, which she uncovers after finding Starman’s cosmic staff. Courtney is able to wield the cosmic staff and with her stepfather’s help becomes an inspiration for a new generation of heroes as Stargirl.
James Robinson the famous Starman writer is a part of the writers room as well. Johns, at the New York Comic Con 2018, compared the tone of the show with Back to the Future or The Karate Kid which makes sense given that it looks like Stargirl will be mentored by her new super-sidekick stepfather.
Subscribers of DC Universe will be able to access exclusive bonus content that won’t be available to those watching on the CW, “including extended versions of select episodes, behind-the-scenes footage of cast, and crew” and more.
Courtney’s stepfather and former Starman sidekick, Stripesy aka Pat Dugan, will be played by Luke Wilson. Wilson’s character will mentor and also fight alongside his stepdaughter, as the pilot of the 15-foot robot named Stripe. Amy Smart will play Courtney’s mother and Dugan’s wife, Barbara Whitmore, while Trae Romano will play Mike Dugan, Courtney’s stepbrother.
The Justice Society of America will be a big part of Stargirl with Joel McHale playing Starman, aka Sylvester Pemberton, though in the comics Pemberton is known as the Star-Spangled Kid, not Starman. Anjelika Washington, Yvette Monreal, Neil Jackson, Hunter Sansone, and Christopher James Baker, all have undisclosed DC Comics related roles. The trailer offers a few quick glimpses of the original JSA, as well as Stargirl’s team first seen on “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”
Brian Stapf will play Ted “Wildcat” Grant former heavyweight champion turned superhero. Lou Ferrigno Jr. will play Rex Tyler the Golden Age Hourman a chemist and adrenaline junkie who gave himself the capability of super strength for an hour a day. He is a founding member of the Justice Society of America. Henry Thomas will play Charles McNider aka Dr. Mid-Nite a genius doctor and founding member of the JSA who acts as the team doctor and detective.
Members of the Injustice Society will include Lawrence “Sportsmaster” Crock played by Neil Hopkins and Dragon King played by Nelson Lee. Meg DeLacy will be playing Cindy Burman the daughter of Dragon King and the queen of Blue Valley High.
Stargirl will makes its debut on the DC Universe streaming service on May 11th and the CW on May 12th, 2020. What did you think of the two new looks at the upcoming show? Let us know below in the comment section and on social media.