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Geoff Johns says DC's Stargirl series is 'Buffy meets Spider-Man: Homecoming'

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Jul 20, 2018

Yesterday's announcement as to what shows would be included in DC's new streaming service certainly had some surprises— one of the biggest ones was a show based on Stargirl, coming from Geoff Johns and Greg Berlanti. Johns will be writing the new show, and also executive-producing alongside Berlanti, who will now have, count 'em up, 15 ongoing TV shows with his name on them.

In case you're not familiar with the character, Stargirl's real name is Courtney Whitmore, and she was created by Johns and artist Lee Moder in 1999. She debuted in "Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E." #1, and donned the costume of the original Star-Spangled Kid. Eventually she joined the Justice Society of America, was given Starman's cosmic staff, and Stargirl was truly born. 

The character is named after Johns' late sister Courtney, who passed in 1996 — it's doubtless an important project for him. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he goes into a little more detail about the project. 

He says that he's been wanting to do it for quite a while, and that getting back to writing and producing has been something that was "at the very top" of his list. As he says, "I’ve been working with Greg and Sarah over at Berlanti TV, and with Warner TV — I mean, I’ve been working with them for years. It’s been great. I get to work with my team at DC in a more creative way." 

As to what the new show will contain, Johns says, "it’s going to take the Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. comic, the Justice Society comic, and merge it into one thing, and tonally it’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and Buffy the Vampire Slayeralong with the [comic] books. We’re bringing a lot of the legacy stuff into it, a lot of the stuff James Robinson did with the Justice Society." 

He adds that it is a story about "a combined family, and a young girl in school." It will take place in a high school, so we can certainly see the Homecoming and Buffy connections there. "There’s going to be good guys and bad guys. It’s going to be a lot of fun." 

Along with Stargirl, the DC Universe streaming service will also include live-action series Titans, Doom Patrol, and Swamp Thing (plus an animated Harley Quinn project, and a revival of Young Justice). We'll have more on all things DC as the studio continues to roll out projects at SDCC 2018.

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(Via The Hollywood Reporter)