We live in a world populated by humans with amazing talent and imagination.
Sometimes these two things converge in people who connect with each other in a way that produces uniquely fun, upbeat, and socially positive products.
A great example is the recent release of the DC superhero comic-turned-TV-series, Stargirl.
Origins and Backstory
Many superheroes have their beginnings in comic books and Stargirl is no exception.
The storyline is the brainchild of Lee Moder and executive producer Geoff Johns.
For those of you who don’t know much about this particular sector of the DC comic universe, Stargirl follows the adventures of teenager Courtney Wilson (Stargirl) who resurrects the Justice Society of America – including the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Starman – years after that group was decimated in battle with the Injustice Society of America.
Courtney is the daughter of Barbara Whitmore and the step-daughter of Pat Dugan, otherwise known as S.T.R.I.P.E., the original sidekick of Starman.
She becomes Stargirl after she discovers the powerful Cosmic Staff. Additionally, she leads the new incarnation of the Justice Society of America.
This JSA includes new versions of original members Wildcat, Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite.
Naturally, you can’t have such a superlative group of superheroes without an equally heinous group of supervillains.
The Injustice Society of America resurrects itself with the son of the original ISA’s Brainwave, the daughter of the Dragon King and newcomer Icicle.
In true good versus evil tradition, they all attend school in or are involved in some way with Blue Valley, a town on a parallel Earth where this and other DC comics exist.
Jump to the Screen
As the adventures of Stargirl were first introduced onscreen, it was originally available on the DC Universe streaming service, then also on the CW network, premiering on May 18, 2020.
The CW has since renewed the series and it is slated for Season 2 to begin airing in 2021.
We see some familiar faces in the cast with series regulars Amy Smart as Barbara Whitmore and Luke Wilson as Pat Dugan.
Henry Thomas turns up in the recurring role of Dr. Mid-Nite (original JSA) and Joy Osmanski as Tigress (original ISA). Surprising guest stars have included Joel McHale as Starman and Lou Ferrigno Jr. as Hourman.
Cast as new JSA members are Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore, Yvette Monreal as Wildcat II, Anjelika Washington as Dr. Mid-Nite II and Cameron Gellman as Hourman II.
You can catch up with Stargirl Season 1 on streaming services DC Universe or Amazon Prime.