Stargirl is the American television series about a teenage superhero named Courtney Whitmore. The show premiered on the DC Universe streaming service on May 18 of 2020 and aired the following day on the CW, a broadcast network.
Not surprisingly, Stargirl has quickly become a huge favorite of the many fans who follow DC Comics characters.
How Stargirl Got Her Powers
Here’s the storyline that so many are finding so interesting: Teenager Courtney Whitmore moved with her family to a town in Nebraska when she was in high school. She was unhappy with the move to the small and, to all appearances, boring town.
Courtney soon found that making friends was a real challenge because she wasn’t able to fit in. She had never known her birth father and she resented her new stepdad, Pat, for stealing her mom’s attention and moving them to the middle of nowhere.
One day, Courtney decided to snoop in some of Pat’s stored boxes and in doing so, she discovered something known as the Cosmic Converter Belt. Unbeknown to Courtney, her stepdad had been a sidekick to the original Star-Spangled Kid many years before. To upset her stepdad, she decided to wear the belt as part of a costume to a school dance. She was unaware that the belt gave the wearer super strength, however. So when bullies crashed the dance, she fought them off to the amazement of everyone, including herself.
When Pat became aware of Courtney’s new powers, he created the robotic armor called S.T.R.I.P.E. to follow and protect her. Together, they became Star-Spangled Kid and S.T.R.I.P.E. Their mission was to keep their small town safe from evil forces. Through their acts of bravery, they captured the attention of many famous heroes, including Starman, Captain Marvel and Oracle.
Along the way, Stargirl developed advanced skills in gymnastics and martial arts. She was eventually noticed by the Justice Society of America, which she eventually joined as a junior member.
How Stargirl Was Introduced to the World
The character Stargirl was introduced in the DC comic book series Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. in 1999. Her television debut was on the show Smallville in the early 2000s. The series was originally broadcast on the WB, which later merged with UPN to become the CW. Years later, Stargirl appeared in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Stargirl was also featured in the video games Lego Batman 3 and Infinite Crisis, where she became a playable character.
In July of 2018, DC Universe ordered a series about the teenage hero for television, selecting Geoff Johns as executive producer. Brec Bassinger was cast as the show’s namesake, Stargirl, and Luke Wilson plays the role of her stepdad and superhero partner, S.T.R.I.P.E. Many well-known actors made cameo appearances in the first season.
After the first thirteen episodes received overwhelmingly positive reviews, the CW renewed the series for another season in July of 2020. The second season will be moving to the CW network exclusively as a CW original series.
Stargirl has captured the hearts of many fans, young and old. Kids especially will find inspiration from their new superhero, and both kids and adults alike will find themselves attracted to the fascinating story lines and impressive special effects.