After guest stints on show like Smallville and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Stargirl will headline her own series on DC Universe in 2019. The announcement was made at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Thursday with Stargirl creator Geoff Johns breaking the news.
Created by Johns and artist Lee Moder, Courtney Whitmore was originally the step-daughter of Pat Dugan, the Golden Age sidekick Stripey. When Courtney discovered the cosmic-powered flight belt of his old partner’s cosmic, the Star-Spangled Kid Sylvester Pemberton, she assumed the superhero identity and Dugan had no choice to be teacher how to be a superhero. He also resumed his role as sidekick in a new robot suit called S.T.R.I.P.E. The Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. series ran for 15 issues and crossed over with the then current Starman series. When Starman ended in 2001, lead character Jack Knight gave Courtney his cosmic-powered flight staff. From then on, she was known as Stargirl. She was a stalwart member of the reformed Justice Society of America and continued to grow up into young adulthood along the way. The character was based on Johns’ sister, who tragically died in a 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800.
The series will return Courtney to a high school context, but her adventures as Stargirl “inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past.” Besides Courtney, Stargirl will also reimagine the JSA. Johns will write and executive produce Stargirl for the DC Universe with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will also set to serve as executive producers. The series will be the fourth live action series n the service following Titans, Doom Patrol, and Swamp Thing. It will debut in 2019.