When DC Universe first launched, it was supposed to be a hub for everything DC fans needed. From an extensive and impressive collection of digital comics through a selection of curated classic animated and live-action movies as well as some of DC’s popular programming and a series of high profile originals DC Universe promised big things. But with the announcement of Warner Bros’ comprehensive HBO MAX, the future of the superhero-oriented service has been unclear. To make things even more confusing, it now appears that one of the original shows DC Universe’s
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What does Star Girl moving to The CW mean for the DC Universe Platform?
Let’s look back at the history of Stargirl. The series was announced in July 2018 during Geoff Johns’ spotlight panel at SDCC as DC Universe’s newest original. At the time, the series was set to center on “Courtney in high school as she teams up with the Justice Society to fight new and classic villains.” We hadn’t heard much about
As we mentioned earlier on, DC Universe’s future has seemingly been hanging in the balance.
Officially, there’s no word on whether DC Universe will be folded into HBO MAX or available as an add-on. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see, but the fact that one of its flagship shows has ended up on The CW does feel like an important shift, especially when the wonderful
Will we see Stargirl in one of the final episodes of “Crisis”?
Seeing as the trailer was played as part of The CW’s
If Stargirl does appear, it would follow a long precedent of The CW introducing new key players in their huge annual crossovers. Last year it was Batwoman, who now has her own series. The fact that
Will we see more DC Universe characters heading to The CW?
The fact that two of the Titans very briefly featured in the first episode of “Crisis” means that we now know DC and Warner Bros. are using their event in a similar way to the comics to connect and streamline their vast and sprawling world. We’ve seen Black Lightning finally join the Arrowverse after two successful and critically acclaimed seasons; with Alan Michael Ritchson’s Hawk and Curran Walters’ Jason Todd seemingly getting killed by the Anti-Monitor’s waves, it looks like the world of the Titans has been destroyed.
If that’s the case then DC will have to find a way to restore the Titans’ world… unless of course the heroes end up on one of the surviving Earths, which would lean into the comic book source material, as well as offering up The CW a way to soft reboot the Hard-R heroes to fit their more standard network model.
Could Stargirl become the new flagship hero of the CW?
After dying in the first episode of the huge crossover, Oliver Queen was resurrected as the iconic DC character the Specter in the third chapter of the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” event. What that means for the future of the Arrowverse and Ollie is still unclear, but it does confirm that after
If that’s the case, it would make sense that The CW’s flagship brand of superheroics would need a new leader who could possibly introduce a new generation of heroes. Stargirl does fit that bill, especially as the new hero will be bringing a selection of classic Gold Age heroes with her.
If Stargirl takes over, what can we expect from the new Arrowverse?
There are a few things that make
Even in the cases where the network has explored this sort of material before, like
Aside from the legacy hero aspect, there’s also the fact that Stargirl is a teenager. The CW has crafted a huge space for itself as a prestige young adult programmer with smash hits like
The final two episodes of the