How “Stargirl” Fits Into DC’s Extended Universe Plans

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The first season of Stargirl was mostly about its titular character—Stargirl, aka Courtney Whitmore. But its setting in the small town of Blue Valley, Nebraska, amidst the remains of the villainous Injustice Society of America means that the show is ripe with opportunities for crossovers, cameos and tie-ins with the larger DC Extended Universe.

Read on for a recap of all its ties to other DC properties—and what that means for the future of the show.

Warning: This article contains some spoilers for Season One of Stargirl.

Is Stargirl Part of the Arrowverse World?

Stargirl’s character was introduced at the end of Part Five of the Arrowverse crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” along with four other legacy heroes from the show: Wildcat, Doctor Mid-Nite, Hourman, and S.T.R.I.P.E. The latter was the robot-armored alter ego of her stepfather, Pat Dugan, who was also Starman’s former sidekick.

“Crisis on Infinite Earths” revealed that Stargirl and the rest of the cast live on Earth-2, which makes sense given Stargirl’s efforts in the show to resurrect the Justice Society of America—which in the original DC lore was known for defending that planet.

While the Earth-2 in “Stargirl” seems to be different from the original Earth-2, many fans believe it’s just a matter of time before characters on the show encounter other parts of the Arrow Multiverse.

Which Heroes Are Most Likely to Come to Season 2?

One thing that distinguishes Stargirl from other superhero shows is that Stargirl herself is a “legacy superhero.” That is, she and the rest of the new additions to the JSA are the second generation of heroes to use the names and abilities they’ve chosen. Wildcat, Doctor Mid-nite, and Hourman are all different from their original incarnations. Not only does the show use this to explore themes of family and inheritance, both within the JSA and among its nemeses in the Injustice Society of America, but it also allows for appearances by the original members of the JSA and other characters in the DCEU.

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Many viewers actually noticed a green lantern Courtney Whitmore found at the JSA’s headquarters when she recovered the Wildcat outfit, fueling speculation about a possible Green Lantern/Stargirl crossover. The show’s executive producer, Geoff Johns, confirmed that the show has something in mind, at least for the lantern itself:

“We have plans for the lamp and a storyline for subsequent episodes,” he said.

Which Characters Should You Watch Next Season?

While the show is open to exploring DC lore, showrunners won’t promise anything concrete beyond the importance of the original JSA’s legacy.

That said, they’re not the only ones interested in crossover potential. Brec Bassinger, who plays the title role, has publicly shared her interest in bringing Stargirl together with the Flash and Supergirl, although no official plans have been set as of the show’s renewal for Season Two. The two-part season finale left plenty of avenues open for the show to explore. Among them was when Cindy discovered Eclipso, thereby introducing viewers to the Shade. Also tantalizing was the triumphant return of the original Starman, cheating what had appeared to be certain death in the pilot.

With these new characters on the horizon, it’s likely that there’ll be plenty of surprise appearances ahead when “Stargirl” returns for Season Two!

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