Season one was an unexpected hit, so bringing back Stargirl for a second season sounds like a no-brainer. In many cases, no-brainers leave little to be desired when it comes to how production studios and networks and streaming services conduct business. Luckily for fans Stargirl season 2 is on its way and it has also found a new home.
Here’s everything we know about Stargirl season 2 so far.
WHO IS STARGIRL?
The focus Stargirl season 2 is Courtney Whitmore, a high school student, played by 21-year-old Brec Bassinger. Brec’s name and face may not be familiar to many, but she has done a lot of work in Hollywood for such a young actress.
In addition to being the lead in Stargirl season 1 and now season 2, Brec Bassinger has been seen in The Haunted Hathaways, Bella and the Bulldogs, School of Rock (the TV series), All Night, and Chicken Girls. She has been in the feature films Killer Under the Bed and 47 Meters Down: Uncaged.
Despite her similar last name, Brec Bassinger is not related to Kim Basinger. Kim Basinger only has one daughter, named Ireland and her last name has only one “s” in it. Brec Bassinger on the other hand grew up in the tiny Fort Worth suburb of Saginaw, Texas. She’s the only performer in her family and she grew up playing sports and participating in beauty pageants.
SAVED BY THE CW
Back in 2018 the DC Universe streaming network announced a 13-episode order for Stargirl. The series was brought to order by Greg Berlanti and his production crew, who just so happen to have a hand in many DC productions that include Arrow, Black Lightning, Titans, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Doom Patrol. The pilot for the series was written by Geoff Johns, who is the series co-showrunner, a title he shares with Melissa Carter.
But now with Stargirl season 2 on the way, DC Universe is going through some changes. With the many months long rumors now a reality, DC Universe will stop its movie and TV show streaming service options on January 21, 2021. At that time, the streaming service will undergo a teeny tiny name change to DC Universe Infinite and will only offer online comic books garnered from the DC Comics library. Many of its movies and TV shows will then find a home on the newly built streaming service HBO Max (like Doom Patrol). Except for Stargirl. She has found a home on The CW for Stargirl season 2.
The idea of a superhero show moving from a streaming service to a network has given some pause to fans of Stargirl, mainly for the quality of the product. With the first season on DC Universe, it was widely and critically acclaimed, satisfying the many who were just itching for some good superhero fun and drama. Stargirl delivered. So moving Stargirl season 2 to a more budget-conscience network has caused fans some trepidation.
Fear not says series creator Johns via TVLine, “Listen, we have an amazing team, an amazing cast, amazing writers, and we’re going to deliver the best show possible. Our goal is to deliver a show that is cinematic and different than all the other shows and is of the utmost quality, and we have a lot of talented people to do that. The pacing, the tone, the world… we’ve already established that, and we have the best VFX house [in Zoic]; they’re not going anywhere.”
Johns did not confirm the exact budget or costs they expect for Stargirl season 2 though he did note that the costs were “sizeable” when it came to starting the series. Those costs now are behind them. “Startup costs are always the most expensive, obviously — the building and testing, and a lot of that we’ve already done. We have some new things to get into, which is exciting, but we wouldn’t do Season 2 if we didn’t think we could make it as good as Season 1, but different. We’re going to explore different story, different thematics, different avenues for the characters. We’re all working incredibly hard on this because we’re so proud of Season 1, and we want Season 2 to be even better. That’s our goal, nothing less.”
In other words, Johns doesn’t expect any drop off when it comes to producing Stargirl season 2.
As with most shows slow to return from the pandemic, there is no exact date for Stargirl season 2 to arrive. So far, The CW has only told fans to expect a 2021 release. That gives the network 12-months to choose from.
Season one of Stargirl premiered in May of 2020 and with all of The CW’s shows being pushed, the most likely guess would be a Summer 2021 premiere for Stargirl season 2.
WHO’S RETURNING FOR SEASON 2?
So far, most of the main cast will return for Stargirl season 2. Here’s a look at everyone coming back…
Look for Amy Smart to return as well as Barbara Whitmore. Also back should be Hunter Sansone as Cameron Mahkent, Meg DeLacy as Cindy Burman, and possibly Joel McHale returning as Starman.
THE PLOT OF SEASON 2
Details on the season 2 plot are scarce at best. It’s a sure bet that Delacy’s Cindy will continue to be a problem for the new Justice Society of America. One thing to note would be the possibility of crossovers.
Now that Stargirl has found its home on The CW, look for the series to take characters to other DC shows as well as DC heroes and villains possibly showing up on Stargirl.
Season one introduced Stargirl and her fellow heroes which included Wildcat II, Doctor Mid-Nite II, and Hourman II. Whitmore finds the Cosmic Staff which leads her to become Stargirl. She then leads a new generation of superheroes who form the rebuilt Justice Society of America to battle the Injustice Society of America, whose last incarnation almost completely wiped out the Justice Society of America.
Going in to Stargirl season 2 the young superheroes are mentored by Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) aka S.T.R.I.P.E. who also happens to be Courtney’s stepfather. During his time with the previous version of the Justice Society of America, he was the sidekick to Starman. He has tried to live a quiet life since their demise but with Courtney becoming Stargirl, he has become not only her father figure but a mentor to her and the team.