After teasing the show for the last 18 months or so, Stargirl finally has a premiere date: May 12th on The CW with DC Universe subscribers getting a chance to see the first episode one day earlier on May 11th.
Based on the character created by Geoff Johns and Lee Moder, Brec Bassinger stars as Courtney Whitmore, a teenager from Los Angeles who moves to Blue Valley, Nebraska when her mother (Amy Smart) remarries. She soon discovers her new stepfather, Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson), was the sidekick of the Golden Age superhero Starman (Joel McHale). Taking Starman’s Cosmic Staff for herself, Courtney adopts the identity of Stargirl and inspires a new generation of heroes to join the Justice Society of America. The series will also feature Anjelika Washington and a surprising number of Golden Age JSAers, including Lou Ferrigno Jr as Hourman, Henry Thomas as Dr. Midnite and Brian Stapf as Wildcat. The series will also feature a modern day Injustice Society composed of actors Joy Osmanski, Neil Hopkins and Nelson Lee as villains Tigress, Sportsmaster and Dragon King.
And as “Crisis on Infinite Earths” revealed, the series takes place on a new version of Earth-2 unknown to the characters of the Arrowverse series.
Originally developed for the DC Universe streaming service, the program became part of The CW’s late spring/early summer calendar in November of last year. The move suggested a lot of confidence in the show, but also left us wondering how much life DC Universe has left in it. DC Universe’s first scripted series, Titans, was renewed for a third season and will remain a platform exclusive. But with both Doom Patrol and Stargirl finding alternate slots in other aspects of the WarnerMedia empire, we can’t help but wonder if a plan is afoot to find other outlets for the programs AT&T considers worth saving while cutting back on DC Universe entirely. Then again, the surprising enthusiasm for the animated Harley Quinn series on the platform and the arrival of the non-scripted DC Universe All Star Games suggests a strategy exists to keep the service alive into a third year. But it is still possible the service’s scripted dramas will end up on HBO Max and The CW in the long run.
Stargirl debuts May 12th on The CW.
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