Brec Bassinger of Nickelodeon’s Bella & the Bulldogs has been cast as cosmic superhero Stargirl, who is set to hit the small screen as DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. launch their ambitious new streaming site, DC Universe.
Both the show and the character are important to Geoff Johns, the series’ writer and executive producer, as Stargirl a.k.a. Courtney Whitmore was one of Johns’ most popular characters during his rise through the ranks of DC Comics writers to become a firm fan favourite.
The writer explained, “There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl, and after searching far and wide I can say there is no other actor on the planet that embodies her more than Brec Bassinger. Brec’s warmth, strength, humor and positive energy are core to who Courtney Whitmore is. I’m so grateful she’s signed on for the role.”
Somewhat uniquely in this age of brooding, gritty heroes, Stargirl won over fans with her sunny disposition when it came to facing dark and dangerous times. Courtney’s normal school experience was derailed when her mother gets married and they move from LA to Nebraska. While she struggles to adapt, Courtney discovers that her new stepfather has a secret past as a superhero sidekick. Upon discovering a long-lost hero’s powerful cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the inspiration for a new generation of superheroes.
Johns will write the first episode, having created the character of Stargirl in 1999, basing her on his own sister, also named Courtney, who sadly perished in a plane crash in 1996. The character has made appearances on the small screen prior to this, first portrayed by Britt Irvin in Smallville, then by Sarah Grey in Legends of Tomorrow.
More on Stargirl when we have it.