Courtney Elizabeth Whitmore aka Stargirl, the legacy Justice Society of America character created by Geoff Johns, who’s predecessors include the original Golden Age characters Starman aka Ted Knight, and Sylvester Pemberton aka the Star-Spangled Kid premieres in her solo series on the DC Universe streaming service beginning May 11 and then on The CW May 12.
The character’s name, appearance, and personality were patterned after Johns’ sister Courtney, who died in the explosion of TWA Flight 800 in 1996. Whitmore was originally known as the second Star-Spangled Kid, but she began using the name Stargirl after she was presented with the Cosmic Staff by Jack Knight the son of the original Starman.
From DC’s press release: DC UNIVERSE today announced that the highly anticipated original series Stargirl is set to premiere on Monday, May 11 in advance of The CW broadcast (Tuesday, May 12).
DC UNIVERSE members will be the first to stream new episodes, every Monday commercial-free in downloadable 4K Ultra HD. Additionally, members will have access to several exclusive offerings including extended versions of select episodes, behind-the-scenes footage of cast and crew, exclusive collectible pins and limited-edition posters, fan community forum to discuss the latest episodes and access to deep dive into all the comics that inspired the series.
From original creator and comic book writer Geoff Johns (executive producer of Titans, Arrow, Batwoman, and The Flash), STARGIRL follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger, School of Rock, The Goldbergs) as she moves to Blue Valley, Nebraska after her mother remarries Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson, Old School, Idiocracy) and inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. The live-action superhero drama reimagines the 1999 Stargirl comics and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in an unpredictable series. Stargirl is lovingly inspired by Johns’ late sister, who was killed in a plane accident.
Johns executive produces STARGIRL with Melissa Carter (Queen Sugar), who serves as co-showrunner, as well as Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Based on the characters from DC created by Johns, STARGIRL is produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. STARGIRL stars Brec Bassinger, Luke Wilson, Amy Smart, Trae Romano, Cameron Gellman, Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Meg DeLacy, Neil Jackson, Jake Austin Walker, Christopher James Baker and Hunter Sansone.
Watch the trailer below.