Courtney Elizabeth Whitmore, known as Stargirl (often called "Stars" or "Star"), is a fictional superhero created by Geoff Johns and appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character's name and personality were patterned after Johns' sister Courtney, who died in the explosion of TWA Flight 800 in 1996. Courtney Whitmore was originally known as the second Star-Spangled Kid, but she began using the name "Stargirl" after she was presented with the Cosmic Staff by Jack Knight. Stargirl has appeared in numerous cartoon television shows and films. Stargirl appeared in live adaptation as a guest star on the second season of Legends of Tomorrow played by Sarah Grey. Her first live action appearance was in the T.V. show Smallville. Stargirl will also be played by Brec Bassinger in her own television series for DC Universe.
Stargirl on TV
- A 13-episode Stargirl television series based on the character Stargirl, has been ordered by DC Universe for release in early 2020. Brec Bassinger will be playing the character.
- Stargirl appears in the TV shows set in the Arrowverse: Stargirl appears on season two of The CW series Legends of Tomorrow, portrayed by Sarah Grey. In 1942, Stargirl and the rest of the Justice Society of America confront the time-travelling Legends team in 1942, whom the JSA initially views as enemies. Stargirl and the rest of her team (excluding Vixen and Obsidian) go missing in 1956 during a mission in which everyone was assumed to have been killed in action. Instead, she escaped to the sixth century where she used a fragment of the Spear of Destiny to create the court of Camelot, with herself as Merlin.
- A version of Stargirl appears in the Elseworlds crossover. She is shown along with many other dead superheroes of Earth-90 that were killed during some sort of Crisis-like conflict involving the Monitor. Only Flash of that Earth survived.
- Actress Britt Irvin played Courtney Whitmore in several episodes of seasons nine and ten of Smallville, including the two-hour television movie Absolute Justice (which includes several other members of the Justice Society of America). She later appears in the episode "Icarus" playing a part in saving the Arrow from some corrupted civilians and a brief appearance in the episode "Prophecy". This marks Stargirl's first appearance in a live-action format.
Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006)
Courtney Whitmore appears as Stargirl in Justice League Unlimited, voiced by Giselle Loren. She and her partner S.T.R.I.P.E. have a speaking role in the episode "Chaos at the Earth's Core". In that story, Stargirl is childishly jealous of Supergirl's fame. But in the resulting adventure in Skartaris, the girls come to an understanding. Stargirl also appears in the episode "Patriot Act", where she and other non-metahuman Justice League members were trying to stop the mutated General Wade Eiling from rampaging through Metropolis. In this story, Stargirl reveals that she has no inherent powers and all of her special abilities come from her staff, and she takes the original Star-Spangled Kid's place in the symbolic and unofficial reformation of the Seven Soldiers of Victory. Stargirl gets badly injured but survived the incident and flashes a smile when she is loaded into an ambulance. Stargirl makes non-voiced appearances in "Epilogue" fighting the Royal Flush Gang, and later with S.T.R.I.P.E. in the series finale "Destroyer" in helping repel the invasion of Earth by Darkseid's forces. The single-carded action figure in the DC Universe Justice League Unlimited line refers to Courtney as Pat Dugan's niece (rather than stepdaughter) although "Chaos at the Earth's Core" does refer to Dugan as her stepfather.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008-2011)
Courtney Whitmore appears in the teaser segment of the Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Hope Levy. In the episode "Cry Freedom Fighters!", she ends up fighting Mantis in a suburban neighborhood. When she uses her staff to create her own Bat-Signal to call Batman, she ends up getting Blue Beetle. It took the combined abilities of both their attacks to defeat Mantis.
Justice League Action (2016-2018)
Stargirl appears in the Cartoon Network show Justice League Action, voiced by Natalie Lander. She appears in the episode "Field Trip", on which she, Firestorm and Blue Beetle are given by Superman a tour of the Fortress of Solitude until they run afoul of General Zod, Faora and Quex-Ul when they are accidentally released from the Phantom Zone. Stargirl is also shown through the episode to have a girly interest in a red cat-like alien which inhabits the Fortress' Zoo, which she refers to as an "Alien Kitty". Sometimes she will ride her staff like a broom similar to Samantha Stephens from Bewitched.
Young Justice: Outsiders (2019)
Stargirl appears in Young Justice: Outsiders voiced by Whitney Moore. In this show, Courtney Whitmore is the host of Goode World Studios.
Stargirl (2020 TV Series)
Stargirl Episode 1: "Pilot" - May 18, 2020
#2: "Untitled" - TBA, 2020
#3: "Untitled" - TBA, 2020
#4: "Untitled" - TBA, 2020
#5: "Untitled" - TBA, 2020
#6: "Untitled" - TBA, 2020
#7: "Untitled" - TBA, 2020
#8: "Untitled" - TBA, 2020
#9: "Untitled" - TBA, 2020
#10: "Untitled" - TBA, 2020
#11: "Untitled" - TBA, 2020
#12: "Untitled" - TBA, 2020
#13: "Untitled" - TBA, 2020
"Brainwave" written by Colleen McGuinness
"Brainwave, Jr." written by James Dale Robinson
"Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite" written by Melissa Carter
"Icicle" written by Colleen McGuinness
"Justice Society Of America" written by Taylor Streitz
"S.T.R.I.P.E." written by Geoff Johns
"Shiv Part One" written by Evan Ball
"Shiv Part Two" written by Paula Sevenbergen
"Wildcat" written by James Dale Robinson
"Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One" written by Melissa Carter
"Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part Two" written by Geoff Johns