Stargirl is one of the newest live-action entries in the DC Universe. Its first season premiered in May and the show has already been renewed for another season. Read on for an introduction to this series that features a teenage superhero, her stepdad, and a powerful weapon called the cosmic staff.
Teenager Courtney Whitmore finds herself suddenly uprooted from her happy high school life and on her way to Nebraska after her mom marries Pat Dugan, a man with an intriguing past.
Things start slowly—and painfully–for Courtney in her new high school, but life soon takes an interesting turn when she stumbles upon a mysterious crate belonging to her new stepdad. In the crate is the famous cosmic staff of a legendary superhero named Starman. After some initial shenanigans while using this powerful mega-weapon, Courtney learns that her stepfather was part of the Justice Society of America (JSA).
The JSA was nearly obliterated by the Injustice Society of America (ISA) a decade ago. As Starman’s sidekick Stripesy, Pat was tasked with guarding the cosmic staff until the JSA could be rebuilt. With Pat’s help, Courtney assumes the role of Stargirl, uncovering and battling the ISA villains. Pat is renamed S.T.R.I.P.E. after an armored suit he created and wears called the Special Tactics Robotic Integrated Power Enhancer.
Where and When Does “Stargirl” Air?
Stargirl premiered on the DC Universe streaming service, and Season 1 will continue to air on that platform on Mondays. Each episode is also available on The CW Network and app the day after its initial airing, but be aware that these episodes are edited slightly due to the insertion of commercials. Additionally, you can purchase unedited episodes of the entire season through Amazon Prime. The recently announced Season 2 of Stargirl will launch on The CW as an original series and will likely be available on streaming platforms as well. Stay tuned!
Who’s Featured in “Stargirl”?
Creator and executive producer Geoff Johns brought the character of Stargirl to life in comic book form in 1999. For the TV series, he has assembled a terrific cast of new stars and seasoned veterans. In the lead role of Courtney/Stargirl is Brec Bassinger, whom you may remember from The Haunted Hathaways and Bella and the Bulldogs. Although she’s often asked, she is not related to movie star Kim Basinger and even spells her surname differently.
Playing Stargirl’s stepfather Pat Dugan, a.k.a. S.T.R.I.P.E., is Luke Wilson, best known for his big-screen roles in Legally Blond, Old School, and The Royal Tenenbaums. In interviews, he has commented that he’s excited to take on something he’s never done before.
Amy Smart made her on-screen acting debut in 1996, and in Stargirl, she’s featured as Courtney’s mom, Barbara. Henry Thomas, who has been performing since he was a child and is best remembered for his role as Elliott in E.T., performs here as JSA crime-fighter Doctor Mid-Nite. Another familiar face is TV favorite Joel McHale in the role of Starman.
Finally, if you find something familiar about the character Hourman, it’s because that role is filled by Lou Ferrigno, Jr., son of famed 1980s Incredible Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno. Performing as superheroes seem to run in the family.
This is just a quick peek into the world of Stargirl on DC Universe, but as with most stories in the superhero genre, there’s so much more to tell. Watch the show for a deeper dive into the thrilling adventures of this teenage defender of justice.