Spoilers below for anyone who hasn't yet watched the fifth episode of Stargirl's first season.
Now halfway through its first season, DC Universe's Stargirl has seemingly pulled together the first wave of its revised Justice Society of America heroes, with more recruits still on the way. (Just probably not The Flash or Green Lantern.) The first five episodes gave fans a lot to talk about, from the doomed fates of the first Justice Society to the reemergence of Icicle's and the ISA to Courtney getting more comfortable as the titular hero. Obviously, Stargirl also inspired a lot of questions.
Thankfully, star Brec Bassinger recently talked with CinemaBlend and offered some answers about several of our burning questions, along with one not-so-burning inquiries. Without further ado-gan – I feel like Pat would have appreciated that pun – let's get started.
What Can Stargirl Fans Expect From Solomon Grundy?
After appearing briefly near the end of Episode 2, the villainous beast Solomon Grundy was more formally introduced in Episode 5, or at least a rendering of him was. Doctor Mid-nite 2.0 confirmed that Grundy purposefully caused the death of Rick Tyler's parents, including the O.G. Hourman, thus dooming Rick to a negativity-filled adolescence. When I talked with Brec Bassinger, I asked about what we might see from Solomon Grundy, and here's what she excitedly told me:
It's very likely that Brec Bassinger was taking a winking shot at Gotham with that sentiment, seeing as how the bonkers Fox drama reconfigured Drew Powell's Butch Gilzean to actually be Cyrus Gold, the alter ego of the comics' Solomon Grundy. While I personally enjoyed the campiness of the zombified Butch, it certainly wasn't wholly representative of Grundy's more monstrous nature. Thankfully, though, Bassinger makes it sound like Stargirl fans will get to see at least one mind-blowing fight sequence with the all-CGI character. I am here for it.
What Happened To William Zarick's Wife?
After Stargirl rather shockingly killed off William "Wizard" Zarick and his son Joey, viewers probably didn't expect to see the grieving mother and wife Denise (Cynthia Evans) again. Yet she showed up again in Episode 4, initially wanting Pat to take a look at her vehicle, and then getting emotionally flustered after her family got brought up. The episode ended with Pat discovering her vehicle all smashed up in the middle of an auto salvage yard, with no sign of Denise (though her black cat was up and about). When I asked Brec Bassinger about this mini-mystery, she didn't sound too optimistic about the character's fate.
It sounds like Stargirl has taken Denise Zarick out of the equation, thus altogether eliminating the family from the show. And judging from the damage done to the vehicle itself, viewers can likely suspect that the aforementioned Solomon Grundy had something to do with Denise's presumed death. However it went down, it doesn't appear as if the show will return to that character at all. Here's what else Brec Bassinger had to say when I mentioned being concerned for the still-mourning Denise:
If anything, Denise's absence/death speaks to the all-consuming way that Jordan "Icicle" Mahkent handles those that threaten him. He took out all three Zarick family members over William backing down from Icicle's requests to help in taking out Stargirl, so just imagine what he'll do to those who stand more firmly in the way of his goals.
Will Barbara's Work With Icicle Cause Problems?
Because Blue Valley is such a small town, relatively speaking, it's shaping up that the majority of Stargirl's important characters are all connected to each other in one way or another. For instance, Courtney's mother Barbara is working as one of Jordan Mahkent's underlings for his American Dream initiative, which means only one person is unwittingly standing between Stargirl and Icicle. In talking about this complicated situation, Brec Bassinger told me that everything will definitely come to a head in the near future, causing issues for Courtney, Pat and the woman they love.
Why are TV moms always the last to find out everything? Amy Smart's Barbara is all smiles and good-natured vibes, too, so I definitely hope that she gets to escape the line of fire when everyone discovers all the other characters' secrets. But then there was that reveal that she's going to develop...feelings...for Icicle. So have fun with those theories.
How Fun Is It Working With Luke Wilson And S.T.R.I.P.E.?
To me, Stargirl landing Luke Wilson was the same kind of inspired DC Universe casting as Titans had with Esai Morales' Deathstroke or...well, everyone who's in Doom Patrol. Not a lot of established Hollywood vets could pull off Pat Dugan's folksy earnestness without it coming off as pandering or parody, but Wilson hits those innocent notes just as well as Amy Smart and Anjelika Washington. It's partially because of the Texan actor's southern charms, which was a big factor in him getting along so swimmingly with Brec Bassinger. Here's what the actress told me:
Neither Luke Wilson nor Brec Bassinger look especially stressed out to be working together during Stargirl episodes, even when their characters are in the heat of the moment. Speaking of, I also asked Bessinger about what it was like handling scenes with Pat's S.T.R.I.P.E. suit, and it turns out that giant piece of mech-tech set the foundation for Bessinger and Wilson's friendship. Here's how she put it:
It might take yours truly an uncomfortably long time to get used to not smirking anytime I'd look over to deliver serious lines to a 16-foot cardboard super-suit, so it's probably best that I didn't land the role of Stargirl. I mean, that's not the only reason, clearly.
While waiting for the surprise cameo from Owen Wilson as Pat Dugan's brother, remember to watch Stargirl every Monday on DC Universe, with episodes going live at 9:00 a.m. ET. The superhero drama also airs Tuesdays on The CW at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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