The DC/CW TV Universe has a new face on its roster.
“Stargirl” the latest entry in DC Universe’s live-action series uses the same formula done by previous properties “Titans” and “Doom Patrol” by taking comic-book mythology and mixing it with a weekly paced story. Stargirl does possess a lighter tone, with a fun forward from coming-of-age teen juggling life and mastering new acquired abilities which makes the series a more suitable property for the CW.
From the mind of Geoff Johns , the Justice Society of America, the 1940s superhero team that predated the more famous Justice League. Stargirl stumbles upon the cosmic staff and star-spangled costume from after its original owner (whose fate is known within the first action –packed minutes of the show’s opening. The powerful staff was is in the possession of Starman’s loyal sidekick and friend, Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson), the new stepfather of Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), our teenage heroine.
Courtney discovers the mythical weapon, and accidently wields its power. Her initial adventure catches the attention of the remaining members of Injustice Society who killed the original Starman (played wonderfully Joel Mchale). Its than revealed they have taken residency in Blue Valley. Courtney realizes that she can’t trust anyone except Pat and her oblivious to the plot Mom (Amy Smart)
Stargirl (produced by Johns along with CW’s wunderkind Greg Berlanti, the mind CW shows such as “The Flash” and “Arrow”) has the same spirit and action that will pull its target audience on the CW.
The pilot is a better-than-average TV superhero show, which hopefully will be produced with the same quality long term. The CW episodes run shorter than the DC Universe versions to make room for ads, but with minimal removal of anything worth keeping.
“Stargirl” isn’t groundbreaking but at its core has a good combination of characters, decent writing , and most importantly the CW cheese factor. So it should perform well on both platforms
“Stargirl” premieres May 18 on DC Universe and May 19 at 8 p.m. on the CW.