Stargirl is a new show coming to The CW this spring. It’ll take place on Earth-2 along with the JSA, as we saw during Crisis on Infinite Earths last week. The show is in the midst of a big promotional push ahead of its premiere in the spring. This new trailer posted above left me with a good impression of Stargirl. I have a great feeling about this show, it has hit written all over it. That also brought up an interesting thought that might present a problem for The CW.
Stargirl is produced by Greg Berlanti, the architect of the Arrowverse. The actual driving force behind Stargirl however, is Geoff Johns. Johns, of course is one of the more prolific writers of DC Comic books of the past two decades. Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E, which Johns wrote back in 1999, was his first comic book writing job. The book chronicled the origin of the 2nd Star-Spangled Kid, Courtney Whitmore who eventually became known as Stargirl and her stepfather, Pat Dugan, sidekick to the original Star-Spangled Kid. The upcoming DC show is based on Johns’ run with the character, and looks to be a very faithful adaptation.
Therein lay the complex issue. The show, originally slated to be a DC Universe exclusive, retains a better budget and production quality than the Arrowverse shows themselves. I can’t help but wonder if the better production values will leave people watching the show with a feeling of just how lackluster the Arrowverse shows have become? Whether its a bloated cast, or lack of funding for special effects, or simply a terrible job in the writing room, a lot of early fans of the Arrowverse have abandoned it altogether. Shows on the CW have developed a not-so-favorable reputation. The shows are bogged down with frivolous drama and preachy dialogue. They also have suffered from terrible dialogue and ham-fisted acting.
Sure the Crisis was a very nice touch that provided a shot in the arm, but even within it, some of the worst aspects of the Arrowverse couldn’t help but show themselves. Stargirl looks like it’ll be a breath of fresh air to be honest. If it provides a nice kick in the pants to the Arrowverse, perhaps we will all benefit from better overall quality on The CW.