D.C.’s Stargirl series premiered on the D.C. Universe streaming platform as both a critical and financial success for D.C. Entertainment and its’ parent company WarnerMedia. The current model is for The CW to broadcast each episode of Brec Bassinger’s hit show the day after it premieres on the DC Universe streaming service. The move, announced in the winter of 2019, comes as DC Universe is looking for its shows to land on partner services such as The CW and HBO Max.
For The CW, Stargirl’s first episode offered up 1.21 million viewers in it’s key target demographics, making it the most watched show on the channel since the debut of Batwoman in autumn 2019 and, as The Hollywood Reporter says, “the best summer series premiere since Whose Line Is It Anyway? way back in 2013″. Now, Geoff Johns did say they had to cut ten minutes from the premiere episode to fit in to The CW’s 42-minute show-length requirements however that did not impact the show’s critical success as people have reported on social media immensely and overwhelmingly positive reactions to it.
So, it comes as no surprise that DC’s Stargirl has been renewed for a second season. The catch here is that the second season will air exclusively on The CW instead of following DC Universe as they do now. This news follows previous news that The CW, as some of the Arrowverse slate has ended and evolved, is looking for other content like Swamp Thing’s season one to fill those slots. There are also rumors that WarnerMedia is winding down DC Universe and winding up HBO Max and will potentially roll the remaining parts of the service, including Titans, over to HBO Max just like they did with Doom Patrol Season Two. We also know that Matt Reeves is will be doing a “The Batman” spin-off series on HBO Max called ‘Gotham Central’.
Stargirl stars Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitemore, a high school student who finds a Cosmic Staff in her basement. Stargirl was inspired by creator Geoff Johns’ sister who passed away in a plane crash in 1996. She is also tied to one of the earliest superhero teams in DC Comics history, the Justice Society of America. Stargirl also stars Luke Wilson, Amy Smart, Anjelika, Cameron Gellman, WashingtonTrae Romano, Jake Austin Walker, Hunter Sansone, Yvette Monreal, Meg DeLacy, Neil Jackson, and Christopher James Baker.