For DC Universe and The CW's Stargirl, the good news making the rounds on Monday will make fans of the live-action comic book adaptation and the network happy. The streaming service? Not so much. The CW has picked up Stargirl for a second season only midway through the series' first season, and it will be the exclusive home for the series. Yup, that means no DC Universe. Following the series' second season airing on the network, the episode will stream the next day on the network's free, ad-supported platform and will appear on HBO Max after the season ends.
This is not good news for the DC Universe streaming service, however. The news comes shortly after the streaming service aired the last episode of its weekday show DC Daily. For now, DC Universe still has animated series Young Justice and Harley Quinn, and live-action series Titans. The streaming service also shares Doom Patrol with HBO Max as of the current second season, leaving one to wonder if a possible third season would not end up HBO Max exclusives. The news just adds more fuel to the fire surrounding the ten-ton question in the corner of the room: if WarnerMedia (owner of DC Universe) has its own mega-streamer in HBO Max with a DC Universe "channel," why would they need a separate streaming service? That question's just become tougher to answer in a way that leaves DC Universe with a pulse.
A Look at Who's Who in Stargirl Season One
Courtney aka Stargirl (Brec Bassinger) and Pat Dugan aka S.T.R.I.P.E. (Luke Wilson) will need to form their own JSA for what lies ahead, and a new generation of hero will answer the call: Anjelika Washington's Beth Chapel aka Doctor Mid-Nite, Yvette Monreal's Yolanda Montez aka Wildcat, and Cameron Gellman's Rick Tyler aka Hourman. The Injustice Society ranks include Henry King aka Brainwave (Christopher James Baker), Jordan Mahkent aka Icicle (Neil Jackson), Paula Brooks aka Tigress (Joy Osmanski); Lawrence "Crusher" Crock aka Sportsmaster (Neil Hopkins); and Dr. Ito aka Dragon King (Nelson Lee).
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: 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.