“Prepare to get your butt kicked — Star Spangled Kid style!”
Brec Bassinger, known for roles in various Nickelodeon shows including the recent School of Rock, based on the popular movie of the same name, has been cast as Stargirl in the DC Universe Streaming Service’s show of the same name. Bassinger has also featured in 2 episodes of ABC’s The Goldbergs, as well as a main role in Hulu’s All Night.
Johns commented on the casting, “There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl, and after searching far and wide I can say there is no other actor on the planet that embodies her more than Brec Bassinger… Brec’s warmth, strength, humour and positive energy are core to who Courtney Whitmore is. I’m so grateful she’s signed on for the role.” Geoff Johns created the character of Stargirl in 1999, inspired by his sister Courtney, who had sadly died in a plane explosion a few years earlier. Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (Courtney Whitmore’s debut) was the first full comic series Johns would write for DC comics, before becoming the big name he is today.
Stargirl follows Cortney Whitmore, a character commonly featured alongside the Justice Society of America. This isn’t Stargirl’s first appearance in live action, appearing in a recurring role on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and also an appearance on Smallville, although both shows will be unrelated to this project.
The character’s official description is as follows and hints at an origin story for the show’s version of Courtney:
This high school teenager’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speedbump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. ‘Borrowing’ the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.
Geoff Johns revealed the announcement and will be writing and executive producing a 13 episode series. The character will be a younger version than previous appearances and will have a lighter tone than most other shows on the streaming service. Johns described the tone that they are aiming for as something similar to, “Superman the Movie and Wonder Woman.”
Johns promised that all members of the Justice Society of America would appear, which fits with the statement provided at San Diego Comic-Con, implying that Stargirl’s mission would be to, “bring back the legacy of the Justice Society.”
Stargirl has no set release date, but should air some time next year on DC Universe. Before Stargirl’s release, however, ‘Titans’ will air on October 12th on the DC Universe Streaming Service, and will be followed by its spin-off, ‘Doom Patrol’, (Featuring Joivan Wade as Cyborg, Timothy Dalton as Chief & Brendan Fraser as Robotman) sometime in 2019. More series will follow, including the likes of Swamp Thing, featuring newly cast Crystal Reed, as well as a Harley Quinn series and the long awaited 3rd season of Young Justice.
By Jimmy Ioannou
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