Luke Wilson Joins DC Universe’s Stargirl as Pat Dugan
by Erik Amaya
Pat Dugan — aka Stripsey — has finally been cast.
The Wrap reports former automobile spokesman and all-around good guy Luke Wilson has been cast as Pat Dugan on DC Universe’s upcoming Stargirl series. He joins star Brec Bassinger, who will play his step-daughter Courtney Whitmore, and a fabulous assortment of actors as the Justice Society of America.
Debuting in 1941’s Action Comics #40, Pat was created by Jerry Siegel and Hal Sherman as the adult sidekick of teen superhero The Star-Spangled Kid. As with many of the Golden Age heroes, Pat was lost in time from the 1950s until the mid-1990s, when he returned, he retired from the heroing and married Courtney’s mother.
But upon moving to Blue Valley, Courtney uncovered the anti-gravity belt used by the Star-Spangled Kid among Pat’s belongings and began a superhero career of her own. Worried for her safety, Pat built a mech-suit known as the Special Tactics Robotic Integrated Power Enhancer (or S.T.R.I.P.E. for short) in the pages of Geoff Johns and Lee Moder’s Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. comic book. The pair also joined the JSA when Johns took over the title and remained part of the team for many years.
On the series, Wilson’s version of Pat will serve very much the same role — complete with mech-suit — though for brevity, the Star-Spangled Kid and Starman have been merged into one character to be played by Joel McHale. Other JSA members appearing on the show include Lou Ferrigno Jr as Hourman, Henry Thomas as Dr. Midnite and Brian Stapf as Wildcat. The series will also feature an Injustice Society composed of actors Joy Osmanski, Neil Hopkins and Nelson Lee as villains Tigress, Sportsmaster and Dragon King.
Stargirl will debut on DC Universe in 2019.