During a San Diego Comic-Con Spotlight panel, former DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns announced he will be teaming up with prolific producer Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter to executive produce a Stargirl series for the upcoming DC Universe streaming service. This will be the sixth series in development for the service and its fourth live action series.
Premiering in 2019, the 13-episode drama will follow teen Courtney Whitmore as she discovers her step-father was once a superhero. Together with the Justice Society of America, they will fight villains from the past and present. Geoff Johns and Lee Moder created the character, who was named after John’s sister, Courtney, who died in the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800. The character made her first appearance in July 1999’s Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #1.
Geoff Johns spoke with Deadline about the project. “Obviously, Stargirl was first character I created for DC. Most important, Courtney Whitmore was inspired by my sister who passed away,” he added. “To have an opportunity to tell a story celebrating this superhero was literally the first thing I wanted to do because it is so personal to me. Also, a character that speaks to being young, to a legacy and to pushing forward seems so important to me nowadays.”
DC Universe, which launches in August, previously announced live-action straight-to-series orders for Swamp Thing; Doom Patrol; Superman prequel Metropolis; Titans; and a pair of animated series from Warner Bros. Animation, Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders.
With Stargirl, Berlanti Productions now has 15 live-action scripted series: The CW’s All American, Arrow, Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Riverdale and Supergirl plus the recently announced Batwoman; NBC’s Blindspot; CBS’ God Friended Me and The Red Line; Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; Lifetime’s You; and DC Universe’s Titans and Doom Patrol.
DC Universe streaming service will cost $7.99 for monthly subscription or $74.99 (plus tax, if applicable in your state) for an annual subscription. Fans can pre-order DC Universe starting today at DCUniverse.com. Fans who pre-order a yearly membership before the service’s launch in fall 2018 will get an additional three months of DC UNIVERSE for free. Annual memberships will go live with product availability in the fall.
As an added pre-order bonus, DC Universe is offering The Aquaman Premiere Sweepstakes*. Fans who pre-order between Thursday, July 19 (9:30 a.m. PT) and Sunday, July 22 (5 p.m. PT) will be automatically entered for a chance to win two tickets to the U.S. premiere of the Warner Bros. Pictures film Aquaman in December 2018.