So, things have been undeniably hush-hush around STARGIRL for quite a while now. Geoff Johns is not active on Twitter, and in the chaos that was the HBO Max news, the show was mysteriously left out of the roll call in the ‘What’s Coming’ post from yesterday. Add in the fact that there hasn’t been any major news since April of this year and the show has (unfortunately) fallen prey to the endlessly-generating rumor machine that gets going when highly-anticipated shows go quiet.
I will, begrudgingly, address one of those rumors in a bit but not right now. Because ultimately, that’s not the point of this post.
Instead, I’m here today to present several pieces of evidence that demonstrably prove that Stargirl (the show) still exists!
The main piece, and the one that has me jazzed the most, is this NEW logo for the show, taken from Geoff Johns’ Mad Ghost Productions website:
Cool, right! When this was added? Who knows, but this IS the official Mad Ghost website where this is coming from.
Want more evidence that this logo’s a real thing? Here’s an Instagram post from actress Brec Bassinger (Courtney Whitmore), posing with Amy Smart (Barbara Whitmore), Luke Wilson (Pat Dugan), and Trae Romano (Mike Dugan).
I assume this was at a wrap party of sorts (my lame guess, anyway), but take a look at what’s on the TV screens behind them:
The reason I say that this might have been a wrap party is because Pete Woods (Action Comics, Justice League, and Red Hood: Outlaw) has confirmed on Twitter that he and his family were among the first to see a screening of the pilot, as part of a personal invitation from Johns to visit the set:
(Note that this tweet was a few days before Brec’s Instagram post)
Now, about that rumor (I hate rumors): So I’m sure it’s been covered somewhere in the community (you can look for it), but it had been ‘reported’ that Stargirl would move from DC Universe to The CW for some reason.
Asides from having nothing approaching a factual basis (even Bleeding Cool called bull on it), let me let you in on a secret: I got to speak to James Robinson at NC Comicon 2018 last year. He joined the writers room for Stargirl just prior (and I think he might be one of the producers).
At his booth, we talked about Stargirl and one of the things he brought up was the scale and scope of the project. The level of production he described to me was comparable (budget-wise) to Doom Patrol. A lot of cinematic camera-work and wide establishing shots (and they were filming in Georgia, like Doom Patrol). He also mentioned S.T.R.I.P.E, the 15-foot robot, as being a character they actually designed and constructed (that will no doubt be aided by CG).
Let me give you that promo picture from this past Spring. Do you really think The CW could afford something that looks like this:
I don’t think so, not if they’re also going to do a Superman/Lois show as well (on top of everything else).
So to sum up, the answer to the question of “Is Stargirl still happening?” is yes. Would we love to have an update or any news on the series? Of course. But the whole point behind me putting this post together was to show that this cool thing IS coming together, albeit while we’re not looking.
Well, this is the end of my epic Stargirl post. I really don’t know how to end it, other than to say that the new logo is really COOL!
(insert ‘TED Talk’ joke)