While most kids of this generation tend to choose male superheroes as their role models, the advent of Stargirl has made a dent in that.
Based on the DC Comics superhero created by Geoff Johns and Lee Moder, the web TV series follows high school student Courtney Whitmore, who discovers the cosmic staff and becomes the inspiration for a new generation of superhero, soon be known as the Justice Society of America.
In a virtual press conference with Bulletin Entertainment, Brec Bassinger said she feels destiny was at play for her to land the title role.
“The story of this comic was first released in May 1999—the same month and year I was born,” Brec cited as example. “It’s crazy…I’m just honored and grateful to have been chosen for this.”
As Courtney, the stepdaughter of Pat Dugan played by Luke Wilson, she finds the original Star-Spangled Kid’s gear in her stepfather’s belongings. She dons the costume to annoy Dugan, as she resents it that he married her mother and thereafter moved the family Los Angeles to Blue Valley, Nebraska.
Dugan, a skilled mechanic, designs and builds S.T.R.I.P.E., a robotic suit that he uses to accompany and protect her.
Brec shared how she relates to her character.
“She also has a crush!” she laughed. “You could see the sassiness in her which was exactly me at the age of 16.”
She added: “Also, you could see the friendship of high school students in the story because having a core group of people at that time in your life is very important. When Courtney sees her friends going through a low point, she gives them so much care, laugh and happiness.”
The actress likes her character’s “naivety.”
“It’s one of my favorite aspects of her character, along with her child-like optimism.”
What makes Stargirl different from other female superhero?
“Courtney’s still very much figuring herself out — who she is, who she wants to be. I think that aspect makes her really special and relatable,” she said.
But like other superheroes, Brec thinks Stargirl’s most important purpose is to inspire people, especially young women.
“Courtney may be sassy, but she has a good heart,” the actress pointed out. “She always sees the best in people, and that is very important: to see all the good things in life, to be the best version of themselves and to just be happy.”
For his sister
DC Comics veteran Geoff Johns, who has written many of DC’s younger heroes, created the character of Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl in the late ‘90s. Actually, he based the young heroine on his sister, Courtney, who died at the age of 18 in the TWA 800 flight explosion in 1996; reason enough for Luke to accept the role of Pat Dugan.
“The feeling and the vibe on the set was really great,” he said in the same interview. “Geoff is really a hardworking man and that alone is enough for us to do our works properly. We always want do well by him. And since this series is dedicated to his sister, we wanted to honor that.”
Asked if there is a possibility of cross-over fo superheroes, say, Superman or Batman, in the next few episodes, Luke and Brec would rather keep that a mystery.
“Maybe,” she said. “It could happen so let’s see.”
“Stargirl” airs Wednesday at 9:50 p.m. with encores at 11:30 p.m. on Warner TV.