DC Universe's Stargirl Reviews Are In, Here's What Critics Are Saying About The Superhero Show
The future is looking bright for superhero TV shows, with the Arrowverse still going strong on the CW, and Marvel's big-screen heroes and villains heading to Disney+ over the next few years. The next superpowered badass who will grace the small screen with her heroics will be the titular teenager fronting Stargirl, the latest effort from DC Universe's streaming service. (Which will also be airing on The CW.) For those wondering what to expect from the new drama starring Brec Bassinger and Joel McHale, we've got you covered.
Reviews for Geoff Johns' Stargirl recently started popping up, offering a sign of what DC Universe is doing with its first live-action debut since the unfortunately short-lived Swamp Thing. The show centers on Brec Bessinger's Courtney Whitmore, a high schooler who moves from California to the midwest and discovers that her stepdad Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) is in possession of mystical staff that once belonged to Starman (Joel McHale). To be expected, the staff comes alive when Courtney is near, and it serves as a beacon for other heroes familiar to comic book readers.
Somewhat surprisingly, Stargirl reviews aren't nearly as plentiful as they would be for many other high-profile projects, especially for a show that's splitting its time between both streaming and traditional broadcasts. Now let's see what the critics thought about the latest live-action take on teen Courtney Whitmore.
By and large, Stargirl reviews are positive in nature, though not everyone is 100% on board with everything. One of the most glowing examples of praise came from Collider, which compared Stargirl's quality visuals and untethered optimism to Steven Spielberg's run of '80s classics.
Series creator Geoff Johns also created the comic book character Stargirl, basing her on his sister Courtney Johns, who was killed in the TWA Flight 800 crash in 1996. The already iconic writer has promoted the positive nature of the series and the idea of formed families, and that notion seems to have made an impact with those who reviewed it.
To that end, stars Brec Bessinger and Luke Wilson have garnered praise for their performances, both singularly and as a stepfather/daughter unit. Here's what ComingSoon had to say about it.
Getting Luke Wilson and Joel McHale in the same superhero show and avoiding the comedy would have been a most unwise choice. Over at Newsarama, the characters were actually less of a plus, at least in the pilot itself. However, that outlet was far more fond of Stargirl's pricy visuals and the specifics of what this group of heroes are bringing to the small screen, saying:
Another shared notion is that Stargirl stumbles here and there when coming out of DC Universe's gate, with the plainly developed villains earning lots of finger-pointing. But the consensus is also that Stargirl ramps up the quality as the episodes go by. Take this, from Digital Spy:
The Arrowverse did showcase its own Stargirl on Legends of Tomorrow, but the new DC Universe character got some love within the recent "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover, where the franchise also showcased the interconnectivity of nearly all the DC TV and movie universes. It's not clear whether or not this world will ever coincide with the standard Arrowverse shows again, especially since Stargirl may have its own Flash and Green Lantern, but its co-home at The CW can't hurt its chances, even though it films in Georgia instead of Vancouver.
In any case, TVLine is already giving Stargirl credit for being the superhero pop that stands out amidst The CW's superhero fare.
With a cast that also includes Amy Smart, Nelson Lee, Yvette Monreal, Christopher James Baker, Anjelika Washington, Neil Jackson, Henry Thomas and more, Stargirl is hopefully going to get a ton of attention airing across two different platforms. Let us know below if you'll be watching!
Stargirl will make its streaming debut on DC Universe on Monday, May 18, and will make its linear TV debut on The CW on Tuesday, May 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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