Little over a month has passed since DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns stepped down, opting to pursue other entertainment interests rather than steer a quickly sinking ship. Now, Johns has his freshman TV project that'll capitalize on a first-look producing deal with WB: teaming up again with small screen superhero masterminds Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, to write and executive produce a Stargirl series for the OTT DC Universe service.
Johns' announcement came at today's SDCC 2018 Spotlight panel. Stargirl will be the digital subscription service's sixth series total, and its fourth live-action vehicle. It'll premiere sometime in 2019, with a 13-episode inaugural season, rebooting teen superhero Courtney Whitmore (who's played by Sarah Grey on The CW's Legends of Tomorrow).
Speaking with Deadline, Johns said:
“Obviously, Stargirl was the first character I created for DC. Most important, Courtney Whitmore was inspired by my sister who passed away. 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.”
Reportedly, this new version of Stargirl will follow Courtney as a high-school student, as she joins forces with the Justice Society of America to fight arch criminals. It'll be the third live-action project Johns is EP'ing with Berlanti and Schechter, along with Titans and Doom Patrol.
Stargirl is just one of several irons Johns threw on the fire at SDCC, as he's also penning a new Shazam! comic serial, and gave the crowd an early peek at the Batman: Three Jokers run that DC's Black Label imprint will be putting out. Altogether, that's a healthy slate for the recently departed DCEU chief, and shows he's moving forward and keeping the brand chugging along in other arenas. Stay tuned.