Ask Away Blog: All About DC's Stargirl Series

All About DC's Stargirl Series

Saturday, March 6, 2021

 

Courtney Whitmore has come a long way since she debuted in the first edition of "Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E." Her introduction in 1999 led to her inclusion in many DC Comics, and now the superhero has her own show, Stargirl. Here's what you need to know before beginning your first binge.
 
Behind the Scenes

Stargirl is executive produced by Geoff Johns and produced by Trish Stanard, James Dale Robinson, Jennifer Lence, and Rob Hardy. The directors rotate for each episode:
Glen Winter
Greg Beeman
Michael Nankin
Rob Hardy
David Straiton
Christopher Manley
Lea Thompson
Geary McLeod
Tamra Davis
Andi Amraganian
Jennifer Phang
Toa Fraser

The writing staff also varies and includes James Dale Robinson, Melissa Carter, Taylor Streitz, Evan Ball, Paula Sevenbergen, and Colleen McGuiness. These seasoned artists combine to create a top-notch production team.
 
On Screen

The people in front of the camera are no less talented than those behind it. Brec Bassinger was cast as Courtney Whitmore in September 2018, and the rest of the casting followed. She's joined by young co-stars Yvette Monreal as Yolanda Montez, Anjelika Washington as Beth Chapel, and Christoper James Baker as Henry King. Other new talents who help flesh out Courtney's high school include Trae Romano, Meg DeLacy, Cameron Gellman, Jake Austin Walker, and Alkoya Brunson.

In addition to these new faces, the cast includes a variety of older favorites. Amy Smart plays Courtney's mother, Barbara, and Luke Wilson plays her stepfather, Pat Dugan. Neil Jackson, Joel McHale, Lou Ferrigno Jr., Henry Thomas, Joy Osmanski, Nelson Lee, Neil Hopkins, and Hina Khan complete the cast of adult villains and superheroes.
 
In the Background

Although Stargirl centers on Courtney Whitmore, who's completely new to the world of superheroes, some context on the conflict she's entering is helpful. 10 years before the pilot episode, the Injustice Society of America infiltrated the Justice Society of America's headquarters, killing most of the superheroes. As his last act, the superhero Starman gave his sidekick Stripesy his Cosmic Staff, asking him to give it to the next hero who could take over his role. The few heroes who survived went into hiding, including Stripesy, who dedicated himself to his alter-ego, Pat Dugan.

10 years later, Pat Dugan has married Barbara Whitmore, and they have moved with their children to a new house in Blue Valley. Courtney knows nothing about her stepfather's abilities; all she knows is that she hates her new house, she detests her new school, and she despises her new stepbrother. Everything changes when she rummages through the basement and finds the Cosmic Staff, which seems to be attracted to her. Now Courtney is heir to Starman's powers as well as his role in leading the JSA, which is still in pieces.

One season of Stargirl has aired so far, and it has 13 episodes. The second is set to release in 2021 and should explore some of the villains' backstories. Head over to The CW or streaming services such as Vudu and Google Play to catch the first episodes before the new ones drop.

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