DC Universe kicked the Comic-Con International: San Diego first day off in a big way by opening up their streaming service for pre-orders, announced the price, and dropped the TITANS trailer, but they are not stopping! During the Geoff Johns Spotlight Panel, Johns announced the sixth overall original series to join the streaming service a live-action STARGIRL in 2019. Geoff Johns will write and Executive Produce the 13-Episode series under his Mad Ghost Productions banner with Warner Bros. Television and Greg Berlanti‘s studio-based Berlanti Productions, with Sarah Schechter also serving as an Executive Producer.
STARGIRL follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore who inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. The series reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in a fun, exciting and unpredictable series.
Making her first appearance in July 1999’s STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #1, Stargirl is the first comic book character he created along with artist Lee Moder and the first he wrote for DC. Johns also has a personal connection to the character who he named after the his sister, Courtney, who died in the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800.
“It’s so personal for me, and to create and run my show … this is the kind of opportunity that I’ve couldn’t have had if I had stayed in that role.”
“This is based on my sister. The character is fun and optimistic. The series is about a girl whose mom remarries and moves to a new town where she discovers that her step-father was a superhero a long time ago. It’s about bringing back the legacy of the Justice Society.”
Stargirl made her live-action debut in several episodes of seasons nine and ten of SMALLVILLE, including the two-part episdode “Absolute Justice” (which includes several other members of the Justice Society of America) and was played by actress Britt Irvin. Stargirl then appears on the second season of The CW seriesDC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW portrayed by Sarah Grey as a member of the World War II-era JSA.
STARGIRL will be a PG-13 series adding to the diverse line-up for the August-launching series following other live-action series TITANS, DOOM PATROL, SWAMP THING, METROPOLIS, and animated series HARLEY QUINN and YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS. Johns also noted that while the JSA co-stars in STARGIRL, there is potential for a JSA series of its own down the line.