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DC Comics will soon be entering the streaming game with its upcoming service DC Universe, which will be packed with TV shows, movies, comics and more. As far as original content goes, so far five shows have been announced: Titans, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders. But now a sixth show has been added to the lineup, as it's been announced that a live action Stargirl TV show will also air on DC Universe.
According to Deadline, Geoff Johns, who recently stepped down as DC's Chief Creative Officer to write and produce more projects for the company, will pen and executive produce Stargirl, making this the first project for his new DC producing deal. Stargirl will reunite him with the character, real name Courtney Whitmore, he created in 1999 and who was inspired by Johns' late sister. The DC Universe series will see Courtney, a high school student, teaming up with the Justice Society of America to fight villains, past and present, over 13 episodes. Johns will team up Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter on Stargirl, making this Berlanti Productions' 15th live action series.
Introduced in DCU Heroes Secret Files #1, Courtney Whitmore is the step-daughter of Pat Dugan, who previously fought crime as Stripesy, the sidekick to Sylvester Pemberton, a.k.a. Star-Spangled Kid. Upon discover Pemberton's superhero gear, Courtney donned it herself to start her own superhero career, leading Dugan to build the S.T.R.I.P.E. armor so he could keep her safe out in the field. Stargirl later obtained the cosmic staff that previously belonged to Jack Knight, a.k.a. Starman, allowing her to fly and manipulate energy. Stargirl is best known for being a member of the Justice Society of America, although in the New 52 era, she briefly served on the government-sponsored Justice League of America. The character has previously been portrayed in live action by Britt Irvin on Smallville and Sarah Grey on Legends of Tomorrow, and her animated appearances include Justice league Unlimited, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Justice League Action.
Stargirl marks the third DC Universe show that Geoff Johns is associated with, as he's also an executive producer on Titans and Doom Patrol. Along with his comic book work, which includes the currently-running Doomsday Clock and the upcoming series Shazam! and Three Jokers, Johns' DC plate also includes writing and co-producing Green Lantern Corps. He also co-wrote and co-produced Aquaman, as well as worked on the Wonder Woman 1984 script with Patty Jenkins and David Callaham. With Stargirl in the mix, Johns is keeping busier than ever.
Stargirl is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2019, but DC Universe will launch sometime in this fall, with users being able to pay either $7.99 a month or a $74.99 annual payment (which comes with 20% savings) for the service. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage on all the DC TV shows, but in the meantime, be sure to look through our summer premiere guide.