DC Universe understands that you can't have a "Justice Society of America" without some members, so the roster continues to grow – now with The Purge's Brian Stapf set to join the streaming service's upcoming live-action Stargirl series in the recurring role of JSA founding member Ted Grant/Wildcat. Stapf joins Brec Bassinger (Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl), Joel McHale (Sylvester Pemberton/Starman), and Lou Ferrigno Jr. (Rex Tyle /Hourman) as well as Anjelika Washington (Young Sheldon), Yvette Monreal (The Fosters, Faking It), and Christopher James Baker (True Detective) in undisclosed roles.
First introduced in 1964, Stapf's Grant/Wildcat is a former heavyweight boxer and co-founder of the famed superhero collective who will maintain his "clawed and cowled" persona in Stargirl. Along with USA's The Purge, Stapf has also appeared in Netflix's House of Cards and the CW's Valor. The actor also portrayed Roy for three episodes during the seventh season of AMC's The Walking Dead, the Savior who saved Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) from a walker-fied Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) – only to have Sasha feast on his face as his reward.
STARGIRL follows High School sophomore Courtney Whitmore who inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. This new DC Universe series reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in a fun, exciting and unpredictable series premiering in 2019, produced by Warner Bros. Television, Mad Ghost Productions and Berlanti Productions.
Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, and Sarah Schechter will executive produce the streaming service project, based on DC comic book characters created by Johns – in fact, he created the character Stargirl in 1999 to honor his late sister. Johns will write the season premiere and serve as series showrunner, which is produced by Berlanti Prods. and Mad Ghost Prods. in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Here's what Johns had to say about what fans can expect from the upcoming series:
"It's cool; it's going to take the Stars and STRIPE comic, the Justice Society comic, and merge it into one thing. And tonally, it's Spider-Man: Homecoming and Buffy the Vampire Slayer along with the [comic] books. We're bringing a lot of the legacy stuff into it, a lot of the stuff James Robinson did with the Justice Society. I love all of that, his JSA: The Golden Age series, launching the [1999 series] JSA… I've always wanted to do a series based on Stars and STRIPE, so it's really exciting."