The Justice Society of America is really starting to come together. Following the casting of Joel McHale as Sylvester Pemberton/Starman and Lou Ferrigno Jr as Rex Tyler/Hourman, it’s been revealed that Brian Stapf (The Purge, Valor) has been cast as fan-favorite classic JSA member Ted Grant, known in his costumed identity as Wildcat.
A world-class heavyweight boxer, Ted Grant was first introduced in Sensation Comics #1. After inadvertently getting entangled in a criminal plot, Grant came up with the identity of Wildcat to clear his name and kept that identity as he started a career as a superhero, eventually becoming a mentor to younger heroes like the second Black Canary and Catwoman. Given that sort of history, it seems plausible that he’ll be a mentor of sorts to the new generation of heroes portrayed in Stargirl.
Starring Brec Bassinger as the eponymous heroine, Stargirl follows a high school sophomore named Courtney Whitmore who inspires and rallies a motley crew of young, aspiring heroes to help her battle villains from the past.
Stapf will be the third person to play a live-action incarnation of Wildcat, following Roger Haskett’s version on Smallville and J.R. Ramirez’s incarnation on Arrow.
Executive produced by DC Entertainment’s wunderkind Geoff Johns, the character of Stargirl was created by Johns himself in 1999. Modeled on Johns’ late sister – also named Courtney – Stargirl went on to become one of the biggest hit new creations of the late 90s and early 00s. In addition to executive producing the show, Johns will also be writing the pilot episode.
While a solid premiere date has not been given yet, Stargirl is expected to debut sometime in 2019.
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