One of the earliest announced shows for DC’s streaming and digital comics platform is one we’ve not heard much about. CW announced today the new series Stargirl will debut in primetime the day after it premieres on DC Universe. The character of Stargirl was created in 1999 by Geoff Johns, who until 2018 occupied the role Kevin Feige does for Marvel. He’s since been succeeded by legendary comics artist Jim Lee. The story follows a girl named Courtney Whitmore who finds her stepfather Pat Dugan’s old adventuring costume. Dugan was originally Stripe, the teenage sidekick to the Star-Spangled Kid (DC’s answer to Captain America). Brec Bassinger will portray the titular character. Luke Wilson, Amy Smart, Trae Romano, Cameron Gellman, Anjelika Washington, Neil Jackson, Hunter Sansone, Yvette Monreal, Meg DLacy, Jake Austin Walker, and Christopher James Baker round out the series cast.
They also report that Stargirl will take part in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover on the CW. Though it seems like she will not be part of the “Arrowverse” proper. Though a version of Stargirl appeared in the second season of Legends of Tomorrow, as part of the Justice Society of America in the 1940s and 1950s.
Why Stargirl Is On the CW and DC Universe at the Same Time
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With HBOMax on the horizon, many fans wondered by DC launched their own streaming service. The flagship series, Titans, is already renewed for a third season. The second season of the critically acclaimed Doom Patrol is set to air both on DC Universe and HBO Max. Stargirl marks the first time that a DC Universe show will air on regular television, in this case the CW. (It also means that this series will likely be more PG fare than the TV-MA stuff we get in the other DC Universe offerings.) This could mark the business strategy for DC Universe and WarnerMedia as the Streaming Wars amp up.
HBOMax’s $15-per-month price tag might be too steep for some fans who want just the DC Comics content they will create. The producer behind Stargirl and the Arrowverse, Greg Berlanti, will develop a whole slate of series and films for HBOMax. These may end up being shared between the two services. Though, the Snyder Cut of Justice League will likely be an HBOMax exclusive if Warner Bros. decides to put it out there. With DC Universe and the CW sharing Stargirl, they will likely also share the cost to produce the show.
What do you think of CW and DC Universe teaming up for Stargirl? Will it bring more subscribers to the streaming service or will people just choose to watch the series for free on CW? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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