Variety is exclusively reporting that Joel McHale is the latest name to join the cast for DC Universe series Stargirl.
Stargirl was created by Geoff Johns back in 1999, known as Courtney Whitmore, who receives her powers by wielding Starman’s Cosmic staff and wears the Cosmic Converter Belt which gives her agility and enhanced reflexes. The character has appeared in animated series such as Justice League Unlimited and appeared in live-action form in the final seasons of Smallville and also during the second season of CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, portrayed by Sarah Grey. The television series version sees high school student Whitmore band together with the Justice Society of America to fight villains, past and present.
The DC Comics website states that this role for Joel McHale (whose credits include Community and Assassination Nation) will be a recurring one as ‘Golden Age Starman’. DC Comics state that McHale will play rich socialite Sylvester Pemberton, aka Starman, Starman is a courageous and confident superhero and member of the Justice Society of America. He wields a mysterious anti-gravity weapon called the cosmic staff and has a longtime sidekick named Stripesy, who is better known as Courtney Whitmore’s stepfather Pat Dugan.
It’s known that the character of Sylvester Pemberton has never been Starman in the comics. He’s best known as the former Star-Spangled Kid, and eventually became Skyman in the 1980’s. So the series may streamline from Courtney Whitmore’s origins slightly.
The Stargirl series has been ordered for a thirteen-episode season, aiming for a 2019 premiere release date and will be produced by Warner Bros. TV, Geoff Johns’ Mad Ghost Productions and Berlanti Productions.