Hi, ajm08g! (That is a specific handle… does DCU let you have handles like SUPERMANEARTH43? They should do that instead of random selections of letters and numbers – if this is your real name, ajm08g, I apologize!)
Wow. Writing Smallville way back when and the JSA was such a different experience. It was a great one, and ironically the director of Stargirl 101 was Glen Winter who directed part 1 of that!!! I had done a Legion episode of Smallville and they asked me the next year to pitch them something – I pitched them JSA and they liked the idea of introducing Clark and the team to them. So I spent about 2 weeks in the writers room with everyone. Darren Swimmer was co-running it with Todd Slavkin, and they had a lot of stories going already that the JSA story interweaved with. So I was there to help serve and break the story for Smallville, focused on Clark and the others. The JSA were guest-stars, rather than the focus. It was never meant as a backdoor pilot or anything but an episode of Smallville. So the focus wasn’t on Courtney and the JSA necessarily. The advantage – and it’s been such a blast to do it – of doing Stargirl with her front and center and the JSA there, it gave us the opportunity to set a different world, a different tone for the show. It was a JSA-first show. They weren’t guest stars here. Glen Winter did such an amazing job – I liken Glen to my collaborators like Gary Frank and Jason Fabok – Glen and I have worked together quite a bit, including the Flash episode where we introduced Captain Cold. He’s an unbelievable director and Stargirl was so lucky to have him for the pilot. He did the Doom Patrol pilot too – anyone who is a fan of Grant Morrison’s run should check out that show. The showrunner, Jeremy Carver, and his team have done such a wonderful job.
And – the craziest construct a Green Lantern has ever created with their ring?! Hm… I don’t know… but I’m sure it can be topped.