The latest promo for the upcoming DC Universe/CW series, Stargirl, has been released, giving fans a look at the superheroes of Earth-2. Not only are Courtney Whitmore and her titular superhero persona shown, but so is the previous generation of costumed vigilantes in the form of the Justice Society of America.
There are also a bevy of villains shown — all with ties to the JSA and other Golden Age characters in the comics. Here’s a rundown of the cast shown off in the new trailer, and what their characters are like in the comics.
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The main character herself, played by Brec Bassinger, is of course front and center in the promo, appearing both in her civilian form and her later costumed identity. Much like her introduction in the late 1990s comic book series Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., Courtney Whitmore is initially resistant to her new surroundings, as well as her stepfather Pat Dugan.
Upon discovering the Cosmic Staff, and her stepdad’s connection to superheroes of the past, she embraces the Starman legacy, wearing a costume like his and having her stepfather tag along in a giant robotic suit. The character of Stargirl was created by Geoff Johns, who based her on his late sister.
Luke Wilson appears in the trailer as Courtney’s mechanic stepfather, the seemingly lame and annoying Pat Dugan. Unbeknownst to her, Pat was once the sidekick to one of the world’s greatest superheroes: Starman. This backstory is shown in the trailer, and Pat is seen both in his youth as Stripesy, and wearing the gigantic robotic armor, S.T.R.I.P.E. Not much was shown of the suit in action, however, meaning that fans will have to tune in to see what it can do.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
The Justice Society of America is shown mostly through flashbacks and old photos, which give a glimpse of the team’s members. These include the Jay Garrick Flash, Wildcat, Sandman, Dr. Mid-Nite, The Spectre, Wildcat, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Johnny Thunder and his Thunderbolt, and what may be the Alan Scott version of Green Lantern.
Another prominent member of the team is, of course, Starman himself. This version of Starman (played by Joel McHale) is Sylvester Pemberton, who in the comics was a character known as the Star-Spangled Kid. Here, however, he essentially takes the place of Ted Knight, the Golden Age Starman from the comics.
In the trailer, the JSA is said and shown to have fallen prey to a mysterious force, which matches many of the explanations in the comics surrounding their disappearances. There is also nothing shown to suggest that this JSA is tied to World War II. It’s also unknown if John Wesley Shipp will reprise his role as Jay Garrick from The Flash, given that the image in the promo doesn’t quite resemble him.
TIGRESS & SPORTSMASTER
The sole female member of what is likely the Injustice Society is shown with the rest of the group toward the promo’s end. Paula Brooks (played by Joy Osmanski), a.k.a. Tigress, is described as a woman who hunts the world’s most dangerous humans. In the comics, Brooks has gone by the names of Tigress and Huntress, before the latter became more affiliated with the Batman family character. Like her Young Justice counterpart, this version Tigress is Asian.
Neil Hopkins plays Lawrence “Crusher” Crock, a.k.a. The Sportsmaster (to the right of Tigress in the image above.) The character description for the show reveals him as a criminal who views everything as a game to win. Most versions of the relatively obscure character have him fittingly use sports and athletics-related gimmicks and weapons.
The frankly awesome Young Justice version essentially making him a sports-themed version of Deathstroke. There and in the comics, he would eventually become involved with Paula Brooks, and they have a daughter named Artemis.
Judging from how he looks in the trailer, Icicle seems to be played by Neil Jackson, whose role on the show was unconfirmed until this point. It’s unknown if he is playing Icicle Senior or Junior, though his icy form and powers would suggest the latter.
In the comics, the original Icicle is Joar Makhent, who wielded an ice gun similar to Mr. Freeze and Captain Cold. His exposure to its chemicals unwittingly changed his DNA, with his son Cameron being a metahuman who can naturally control cold and ice. The original Icicle was a Green Lantern (Alan Scott) villain, and his son would go one to vex Scott’s children Jade and Obsidian in the pages of Infinity, Inc..
Appearing after the shot of the Injustice Society in the trailer is the hooded Dragon King, who is easily one of the most obscure DC villains. In the comics, Dragon King is an otherwise unnamed Japanese scientist whose brilliance and rank allowed him to become a powerful player in Japan. Combining the power of both the Holy Grail and the Spear of Destiny, he protected the Axis from the threat of American superheroes.
Given that this Justice Society appears to be unrelated to World War II, Stargirl may significantly change the character’s otherwise undefined backstory. He may, however, be instrumental in the fall of the Justice Society in this continuity. The character is played by Nelson Lee.
A vaguely legible giant figure can also be seen looming in the background of the Injustice Society, and it’s possible that this is Solomon Grundy. Unfortunately, he and the rest of the villains don’t do much in the trailer. One mysterious villain does stick out, standing in the middle of the group and asking the costumed Courtney who she is.
It’s unknown who this character is, or even what actor is playing him. This may be Christopher James Baker’s undisclosed role — a character that might be this continuity’s version of Per Degaton, though that may be unlikely given the character’s previous use on Legends of Tomorrow.
For now, fans will have to wait for the series when it hits the DC Universe app, and later the CW, later this year, to get to know these characters better.
Arriving in spring 2020, DC Universe’s Stargirl stars Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore (Stargirl), Joel McHale as Sylvester Pemberton (Starman), Brian Stapf as Ted Grant (Wildcat), Lou Ferrigno Jr. as Rex Tyler (Hourman) and Meg DeLacy as Cindy Burman, with Anjelika Washington, Yvette Monreal and Christopher James Baker as undisclosed DC characters.