DC Universe‘s Stargirl has found their Starman – and they didn’t have to look any further than their own planet to find him. Community star Joel McHale is set to play Sylvester Pemberton and his heroic alter-ego in the steaming service’s upcoming DCU series.
Originally reported on exclusively by Variety, McHale’s recurring role is described as “Golden Age Starman”: courageous and confident, Starman is a member of the Justice Society of America who wields an anti-gravity “cosmic staff” and has a longtime sidekick named Stripesy – better known as Courtney Whitmore’s (Brec Bassinger) stepfather Pat Dugan.
STARGIRL follows High School sophomore Courtney Whitmore who inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. This new DC Universe series reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in a fun, exciting and unpredictable series premiering in 2019, produced by Warner Bros. Television, Mad Ghost Productions and Berlanti Productions.
Starting his career as a standup comedian, McHale made a name for himself on a national level during his twelve-year run on E’s pop culture comedy/commentary series The Soup (a format the host brought to Netflix with the recently-cancelled The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale). Since that time, McHale has starred in series Community, The Great Indoors, Drunk History, and FOX’s X-Files revival. On the big-screen side, recent additions to his filmography include The Happytime Murders, A Merry Friggin Christmas, Deliver Us From Evil, and Assassination Nation.
Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, and Sarah Schechter will executive produce the streaming service project, based on DC comic book characters created by Johns – in fact, he created the character Stargirl in 1999 to honor his late sister. Johns will write the season premiere and serve as series showrunner, which is produced by Berlanti Prods. and Mad Ghost Prods. in association with Warner Bros. Television.