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The Insider’s Guide to the Development of Stargirl

Stargirl’s first season wrapped up on The CW on August 11, 2020, and left fans eagerly anticipating Stargirl Season 2. Stargirl has had a long journey from her arrival in a comic in 1999 to her own live-action show in 2020.  

First On-Screen Appearances 

The comic book character Stargirl was created by Geoff Johns, who is also the executive producer of The CW’s show. Courtney Whitmore is based on Geoff Johns’ late sister, also named Courtney. Stargirl was a minor character in several animated shows before getting her own live-action series. She assisted the Justice League in Justice League Unlimited which ran from 2004-2006. She also starred in episodes of Batman: The Brave and the BoldJustice League Action and Young Justice: Outsiders. She then became an important part of story arcs on the live-action shows Smallville and Legends of Tomorrow

Stargirl Becomes a Star

Stargirl finally got her own live-action series this year. Season One of Stargirl premiered on May 18, 2020 on The CW. The first season had 13 episodes. Brec Bassinger plays Stargirl/Courtney Whitemore. Courtney begins the series as a typical high school student who finds out that her stepfather, Pat Dugan (played by Luke Wilson), used to be a sidekick to a superhero named Starman. Courtney becomes Stargirl when she finds a weapon called the Cosmic Staff in Pat’s belongings. 

The Making of Stargirl

Stargirl is filmed in many locations in and around Atlanta, Georgia. Directors of Photography Scott Peck and Christopher Manley helped bring Geoff John’s vision to life, as did Stunt Coordinator Walter Garcia. Pinar Toprak contributed to the style and mood of the show with her musical compositions. Visual effects are obviously a huge part of making a superhero. The Third Floor, Inc. and Zoic Studios rose to the challenge and created stunning effects for season one. 


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