What Happens When You Combine Teenagers and Superheros?

A blend of superhero action, teenage drama and unexpected twists, the live-action “Stargirl” TV series follows the adventures of Courtney Whitmore and her crew of sidekicks after she discovers the cosmic staff of Starman.

Created by executive producer Geoff Johns and produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, “Stargirl” originally aired on the DC Universe streaming service. Season two will be available on the CW.

Altered Future

Life was sweet for California girl Courtney Whitmore until her parents divorced. In the midst of a cross-country move from sunny California to the Midwest plains of Nebraska with her mom and stepdad, Courtney discovers the cosmic staff of Starman in her stepfather’s belongings. He’s not the person she thought he was but used to be Starman’s sidekick, nicknamed Stripesy.

Despite the difficult transition to a new high school and town, Courtney soon becomes the inspiration for a new group of superheroes. This team eventually join the Justice Society of America after a decade-long absence when the JSA members were killed by members of the Injustice Society of America.

Family Secrets

Once the sidekick of Sylvester Pemberton, also known as the Star-Spangled Kid, Pat Dugan thought his superhero past was behind him until his stepdaughter discovers the cosmic staff in his belongings. Starting from a relationship of butting heads and arguments, Courtney and her stepfather begin to work together to fight battles after she was attacked by the cronies of the Dragon King. In his newly built armor, called S.T.R.I.P.E., Pat helps Courtney stop the villains, and from then on they decide to work together to keep the world safe. Her mother enjoys seeing their budding relationship but has no idea about the superhero secrets bonding them.

As season one progresses, Courtney settles into her new life in Nebraska after a rough start. She recruits new members for the Justice Society and convinces her stepdad to train them. Her new team members include Wildcat, Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite.

Star Cast

After Geoff Johns left to create Geiger, Sarah Schecter took over as “Stargirl”‘s producer. The show includes high-profile names in its cast of actors and actresses, including Luke Wilson, Jake Austin Walker, Trae Romano, Cameron Gellman, Neil Jackson, Yvette Monreal, Amy Smart, Meg DeLacy, Anjelika Washington, Christopher James Baker and Hunter Sansone. Brec Bassinger plays the role of Stargirl, a positive, warm and strong female role model. 

Girl Power

While the majority of superheroes are men, when a female superhero comes along she promotes girl power in a whole new way. Stargirl is no different, and she exhibits girl power by:

  • Using her amazing strength and skills for the good of the world
  • Standing up for what’s right in the face of fearsome adversaries
  • Collaborating on a team of other superheroes
  • Amending family differences through reaching for similar goals

For a unique mix of teenage angst, superhero combat and an interesting cast of characters, check out the “Stargirl” series. Season two airs in June of 2021 on the CW.