Stargirl: Geoff Johns, Joel McHale Discuss Why Series Means So Much

With the DC Universe and The CW's Stargirl rolling out its second episode this week, character creator and series showrunner Geoff Johns (Arrow, Batwoman, The Flash, Titans) sat down for a virtual one-on-one interview with the series' late, great Starman himself, Joel McHale (Community). In the clip below, Johns explains how there wouldn't be a Stargirl without his late sister Courtney Johns, why it was important for him to be the showrunner for the series adaptation, and what he wants viewers to take from the effort. "My sister was a ball of energy and so optimistic and unafraid," Johns explained during an earlier interview. "I wanted to try to capture some of that in a character that would be around forever."

Geoff Johns and Joel McHale talk Stargirl, courtesy of The CW.
Geoff Johns and Joel McHale talk Stargirl, courtesy of The CW.

In the following preview for this week's episode, "S.T.R.I.P.E", it's pretty safe to say from the title that we're going to be getting Pat's backstory in this one but it's Courtney who's going to be dealing with the fallout from last episode's confrontation. How long can Courtney and Pat keep their dangerous secret a secret from Barbara (Amy Smart) before our season's "big bad" force their hand?

Stargirl season 1, episode 2 "S.T.R.I.P.E.": LIFE IS ABOUT LEGACY — After Courtney (Brec Bassinger) has an unexpected run-in with a member of the Injustice Society of America, Pat (Luke Wilson) reveals the truth to her about their history. Meanwhile, Barbara (Amy Smart) is elated when she sees Courtney making an attempt to get along with Pat, not knowing the secret they've been keeping. Finally, things take a dangerous turn at Blue Valley High's open house night when Courtney becomes the target of a dangerous foe. Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Trae Romano, Jake Austin Walker, Meg DeLacy, Hunter Sansone, Neil Jackson, and Christopher James Baker also star. Greg Beeman directed the episode, written by Geoff Johns.

Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore on Stargirl, courtesy of The CW.
Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore on Stargirl, courtesy of The CW.

Welcome to The World of Stargirl Season One

Joining Courtney's new Justice Society of America are her stepdad Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) aka Stipesy aka S.T.R.I.P.E., Anjelika Washington's Beth Chapel aka Doctor Mid-Nite, Yvette Monreal's Yolanda Montez aka Wildcat, and Cameron Gellman's Rick Tyler aka Hourman. Looking to end their "do-gooding" for good is the Injustice Society's Henry King aka Brainwave (Christopher James Baker); Paula Brooks aka Tigress (Joy Osmanski); Lawrence "Crusher" Crock aka Sportsmaster (Neil Hopkins); Dr. Ito aka Dragon King (Nelson Lee); and Jordan Mahkent aka Icicle (Neil Jackson).

Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore and Luke Wilson as Pat Dungan in Stargirl, courtesy of The CW.
Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore and Luke Wilson as Pat Dungan in Stargirl, courtesy of The CW.

The live-action series also stars Amy Smart (Barbara Whitmore), Joel McHale (Sylvester Pemberton aka Starman), Lou Ferrigno Jr. (Rex Tyler aka Hourman), Brian Stapf (Ted Grant aka Wildcat). Joining them this season are Henry Thomas (Dr. Charles McNider aka Dr. Mid-Nite), Meg DeLacy (Cindy aka Dragon King's daughter), and Trae Romano (Courtney's step-brother). Jake Austin Walker (Rectify), Hina Khan (Hit The Floor), and newcomer Hunter Sansone are also on board. Johns executive produces with Melissa Carter (Queen Sugar), who serves as co-showrunner, as well as Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Based on the characters from DC created by Johns, Stargirl is produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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