The second season of Stargirl is gearing up, and according to Geoff Johns, the creator and executive producer of the show, during a New York Comic Con virtual panel, there’s going to be “a lot of bad guys and a lot of bad things happening” in season 2. The DC Comics series follows high school teen Courtney Whitmore as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains that inhabit the small town of Blue Valley, Nebraska.
What is Stargirl?
Stargirl is a DC Comics series based on a character created by Geoff Johns in 1999. The series follows the main character Courtney Whitmore, portrayed by Brec Bassinger, who discovers a cosmic staff and becomes the inspiration for a new generation of superheroes who become the reimagined Justice Society of America.
Is Stargirl based on previous material?
The series has roots to a pair of 1941 superheroes: the Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy. But this series focuses on the character that started creator Geoff Johns’ career as a comic book writer when he created Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl in 1999, lovingly inspired by his late sister who was killed in 1996 in the TWA Flight 800 explosion.
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Who is Stargirl?
Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) is a teen whose life in L.A. is upended when her widowed mother marries a mechanic (played by Luke Wilson) and relocates the family to the tiny town of Blue Valley, Nebraska. However, when she discovers her new stepdad has a superhero past, she embarks on a journey of her own.
How old is Stargirl?
Courtney Whitmore is a high school sophomore in season 1 of Stargirl. Actress Brec Bassinger turned 22 on May 25, 2021.
What does Stargirl look like?
Stargirl/Courtney Whitmore is an all-American high school teen. With long, blonde hair and a gymnast’s physique (the comic book version was an expert gymnast and kickboxer), Stargirl’s character traits include being bold but naive at times, having a teenager’s exuberance for her causes as well as a teenager’s defiance to authority, and typical sibling frustration with her little brother. She clashes with her stepfather, Pat Dugan, at first, but after learning he was Starman’s sidekick, she turns to him for mentorship as she navigates the superhero world and the new Justice League.
In the television series, Courtney breaks into the home economics lab at Blue Valley High and at the demise of several sewing machines, fashions her own patriotic superhero costume which consists of skintight shorts and top in red, white and blue. In reality, Brec Bassinger had many wardrobe malfunctions with her Stargirl costume when the shorts or top ripped on several occasions because the outfits were made precisely to her measurements so that they would mold to her physique.
When does Stargirl season 2 premiere?
Stargirl premiered on the CW on May 19, 2020, and streamed on DC Universe. Stargirl season 2 premieres Tuesday, August 10 on the CW.
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Who’s who in the cast of Stargirl and the DC Universe?
Stargirl/Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger)
Brec Bassinger stars as Courtney Whitmore (Stargirl), the teen whose life takes an entirely different turn when she moves from L.A. to the sleepy town of Blue Valley, Nebraska.
Prior to her role in Stargirl, Brec Bassinger was best known as the lead in Nickelodeon’s Bella and the Bulldogs. You may also recognize her from roles in All Night, School of Rock and The Haunted Hathaways.
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Pat Dugan/S.T.R.I.P.E./Stripesy (Luke Wilson)
Pat is Courtney’s stepfather and somewhat reluctant mentor. Prior to marrying Courtney’s mother, Pat was the sidekick to Starman. Both were members of the Justice Society of America. He gave up the sidekick life after Starman and most of the JSA were killed in a battle with the villains of the Injustice Society of America a decade ago. He’s now a mechanic though he tinkers away on more than cars in his workshop.
Wilson is best known for his roles in Legally Blonde, The Royal Tenenbaums and Bottle Rocket. He most recently starred in The Goldfinch and All the Bright Places and stars in the new 12 Mighty Orphans with Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall.
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Yolanda Montez/Wildcat (Yvette Monreal)
Yolanda was once one of the popular kids at Blue Valley High but scandal has made her an outcast. Courtney befriends and eventually recruits her into the JSA. Wildcat’s powers include retractable claw-like fingernails and feline agility.
In the new season, Yolanda will be dealing with the ramifications of her actions from season 1. “It’s actually her entire story [throughout] season 2,” Johns said. “That’s a big story, her dealing with what she did, what happened with Henry and what she did with Brainwave.”
Beth Chapel/Doctor Mid-Nite (Anjelika Washington)
Anjelika Washington stars as Beth Chapel, a bit of a social reject and nerd who inches her way into Courtney’s social circle after she overhears Courtney and Yolanda talking about the JSA. She accidentally discovers Doctor Mid-Nite’s goggles, which were destroyed during the battle between the JSA and ISA. Will Beth be able to fix them (or find someone who can)?
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Rick Tyler/Rick Harris/Hourman (Cameron Gellman)
Rick Tyler is the high school’s delinquent bad boy whose parents died in a car accident when he was 7, and he was left in the care of an uncle who resents having to be a guardian to his nephew. His powers are tied to an hourglass his father made that allows him one hour of super-strength a day.
Cindy Burman (Meg DeLacy)
Cindy is the leader of the mean girls at the high school and Courtney’s nemesis. (We can only assume her character was inspired by Stacy London, who’s had her signature gray streak since she was 11!)
Cindy purposely kills her father, Dr. Ito, during the battle between the JSA and ISA. She later discovers Eclipso in the storage closets of the ISA which will figure prominently in season 2.
Barbara Whitmore (Amy Smart)
Amy Smart stars as Barbara Whitmore, devoted mother to Courtney, wife to Pat, and stepmom to Mike. By the end of the first season, she is aware of her daughter’s alter ego as well as her husband’s hobbies. It’s unclear if she is still employed at Blue Valley Tires since her boss was Icicle, who allegedly died.
You may recognize Smart from her roles on Justified, MacGyver and Shameless.
Cameron Mahkent (Hunter Sansone)
Cameron is the son of Jordan Mahkent/Icicle. Icicle allegedly killed Starman, but it’s currently unclear whether or not Cameron is aware of his father’s alter ego. With his father seemingly dead (after being hit by a truck driven by Mike Dugan,) will Cameron’s powers emerge?
Mike Dugan (Trae Romano)
Mike is Pat’s son and Courtney’s stepbrother and wannabe member of the JSA.
Jordan Mahkent/Icicle (Neil Jackson)
Icicle is a supervillain and member of the Injustice Society of America. He killed Starman in a battle a decade ago. He has cryokinetic powers in which he can manipulate ice-based materials. Mahkent is an astute businessman but when his business tactics fail, his supervillain side surfaces.
While in Icicle mode, Jordan was crushed into cubes when he was hit by a truck driven by Mike Dugan. Heading into season 3 it’s unclear whether he is alive or dead.
Henry King Sr./Brainwave (Christopher James Baker)
Brainwave is also a member of the Injustice Society and his psionic powers include telepathy and telekinesis. He kills his own son, Henry King, Jr. and is killed, in turn, by Yolanda. It’s unclear if we will see Brainwave in flashbacks or if he somehow miraculously returns from the dead in Season 2.
Baker has had roles in Kangaroo Jack, Nim’s Island, and The Condemned as well as a series regular role in True Detective and Ozark. He is in the cast of the upcoming Spectrum series, Eden.
Justin/Shining Knight (Mark Ashworth)
Justin, the high school janitor, turns out to be Sir Justin, a knight of the Round Table. Suffering from amnesia, Justin doesn’t recall his past and only knows he was on a journey to slay a dragon. When his memory starts to return he seeks out Stripesy/Pat Dugan who helps him remember that he was the Shining Knight and member of the Seven Soldiers of Victory (even though there were eight members). He is played by British actor Mark Ashworth.
At the end of Season 1, Justin leaves Blue Valley in search of Victory, his trusty steed. We’re wondering if Justin will return to town on a Victory motorcycle. Maybe something with a little more horsepower than your average trusty steed, perhaps?
Lawrence “Crusher” Crock / Sportsmaster (Neil Hopkins)
Crock is the owner of the local gym in Blue Valley and is all about sports and athleticism. Sportmaster was knocked out during the epic battle in the season finale of Stargirl, but didn’t appear to have died. He is a member of the Injustice Society.
Paula Brooks/Tigress (Joy Osmanski)
Not much has been revealed yet in the series about Tigress, but it appears she is married to Lawrence Crock and the mother to Artemis Crock (Stella Smith). Tigress was also knocked out during the epic battle in the season finale and also appeared to have survived the melee.
Dr. Ito / Dragon King (Nelson Lee)
Ito is a controversial scientist who hides his face, wearing a hooded mask. After keeping his own daughter, Cindy, locked up for weeks in his underground lair, he is ultimately killed by the angry teen when she escapes.
Steven Sharpe/The Gambler (Eric Goins)
The Gambler is as his namesake says, a gambler. Reminiscent of the gamblers seen in Westerns, Sharpe (as in “card sharp”) is skilled in the art of deception and seems to be always outfitted in a vest and suit with a card (or gun) up his sleeve. We see him at the end of the season finale – will he become the de facto leader of the ISA in Season 2?
Original Justice Society of America cast
These characters died in the epic battle between the JSA and ISA 10 years ago but will be referenced in flashback or backstory reveals throughout the series.
Sylvester Pemberton/Starman (Joel McHale)
A member of the original Justice Society of America, Pat Dugan is his sidekick. He used the cosmic staff that he bequeaths to Pat that Courtney later finds. Pemberton appears in an additional scene that appears after the credits of the season 1 finale and some version of him will figure into season 2. You’ll know McHale from Community and Talk Soup.
Rex Tyler/Hourman (Lou Ferrigno Jr.)
An original member of the JSA, Tyler was a brilliant chemist and created a formula that allows him the ability to acquire super-strength for one hour a day.
Ferrigno’s father famously played The Hulk on the TV series of the same name back in the ’70s opposite Bill Bixby as his human counterpart, Bruce Banner.
Ted Grant / Wildcat (Brian Stapf)
Ted Grant was a world champion boxer who took on the role of Wildcat.
Charles McNider / Doctor Mid-Nite (Henry Thomas)
McNider was an original member of the JSA and a scientific pioneer. It’s McNider’s voice as the AI Beth hears when she dons Mid-Nite’s goggles.
We’ll learn more about McNider and his story throughout season 2.
Viewers will know Henry Thomas best from his role as Elliott from E.T. The Extraterrestrial. He also starred in Legends of the Fall opposite Brad Pitt and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
What new characters will we see in season 2 of Stargirl?
Eclipso (Nick E. Tarabay)
During a virtual panel for the show during New York Comic-Con, executive producer, Geoff Johns hinted at “a lot of bad guys.” One of them is Eclipso, a dark essence trapped inside a jewel that we see Cindy (Meg DeLacy) discover at the end of season 1.
“I’m so excited for Eclipso,” says Johns. “Eclipso is so terrifying. I’ve always loved the character, and he’s a very different antagonist or villain than the [Injustice Society of America].”
The Shade (Jonathan Cake)
We caught a glimpse of The Shade at the end of season 1, but how he plays into the ISA and Season 2 is anyone’s guess. In the comic books, the character was a villain but eventually became a mentor for Jack Knight, who later takes over the moniker of Starman from his father, Ted Knight.
The character appeared during the third season of The Flash and was played by Mike McLeod. Whether McLeod will reprise the role or if it will be recast remains to be seen.
Grundy played a mostly unseen role during Season 1. We know he killed Rick’s parents and we known the behemoth is one bad dude. “One of the things I’m really excited about [is] we have a lot more story with Solomon Grundy coming up,” Johns divulged during the New York Comic Con virtual panel for Stargirl.
Who is the executive producer of Stargirl?
Geoff Johns is an executive producer and showrunner (along with Melissa Carter) on DC’s Stargirl. He is also an award-winning screenwriter and producer and one of the most successful comic book writers of his time.
Johns co-wrote Aquaman as well as Wonder Woman 1984. He’s also known for his television work on Green Lantern, The Flash, Smallville and Arrow. He is currently in various stages of development and production including Titans, The Killing Zone, Shazam! 2 and Green Lantern Corps.
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What happened in the season 1 finale?
In the two-part season 1 finale, the ISA launched their New America Project but failed to complete its launch after the JSA put a kibosh on their efforts. Beth is distraught after Dr. Mid-Nite’s goggles and his AI (Henry Thomas) was destroyed. Whether it can be repaired or if there is a backup remains to be seen.
Justin left Blue Valley on another quest to find his trusty steed while Pat and Courtney grew closer as a father and stepkid who fight together stay together.
Yolanda killed Brainwave while Shiv/Cindy Burman (Meg DeLacy) killed her own father, Dr. Ito, for keeping her caged in the tunnels. Will their actions have repercussions? We’ll have to wait and see.
Revenge-obsessed Rick had his chance to kill Solomon Grundy, but he ultimately let him go. Will he regret this decision or will his compassion help him later?
Icicle is crushed into cubes after Mike and the family dog run over him in a truck, but will he be reconstituted?
Possible new villains emerge and surprisingly, a still-alive Starman (Joel McHale) shows up in North Hollywood looking for Pat, but we wonder if it’s the real Starman or an imposter.
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When and where can I watch Stargirl?
Season 1 of Stargirl premiered on DC Universe, DC Comics’ streaming service and was then broadcast the next day on The CW. Additionally, every episode of DC’s Stargirl is available to stream on The CW’s free digital platforms (CWTV.com and The CW app). Season 2 will air exclusively on The CW.
Has Stargirl been renewed for season 2?
It has and for season 3 too! The show announced its season 3 pickup ahead of its season 2 premiere. The second season has started filming in Georgia. Production will supposedly split time between Georgia (where the first season was filmed) and Vancouver, Canada. Since other DC shows like The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman film in Vancouver, perhaps we can look forward to some crossover episodes with Stargirl?
When does season 2 of Stargirl premiere?
Season 2 will premiere on Tuesday, August 10 on The CW.
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