Based on the character created by Geoff Johns and Lee Moder, Stargirl will tell the story of Courtney Whitmore. Whitmore moves from L.A. to the Midwest, where she discovers the superhero gear of the Star-Spangled Kid among her stepfather’s possessions. Initially adopting his identity, she later becomes Stargirl after being given Starman’s cosmic staff.
Stargirl will focus on Whitmore as she becomes the titular superhero and attempts to reform the Justice Society of America and stop the villains from the past. Brec Bassinger will play Stargirl, with Joel McHale signed on to feature as Star-Spangled Kid, and Henry Thomas recently cast as Doctor Mid-Nite, one of the founding members of the JSA.
Stargirl is scheduled to release in August 2019.
Swamp Thing has come close to making the leap to live-action before - the character would have been part of Guillermo del Toro’s Justice League Dark - but now he's going to headline his own DC Universe series.
Swamp Thing will see Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed), a CDC doctor, return to her home in Louisana to investigate a life-threatening swamp-borne virus. She strikes up a friendship with scientist Alec Holland, who then sadly dies - or at least, that’s what people think. Arcane discovers the true secrets of the swamp, and what that means for Holland, who is transformed into Swamp Thing and must fight to hold on to his humanity and protect his home.
Andy Bean will play Holland, while Derek Mears is set to portray Swamp Thing. The cast is rounded out by Maria Sten, Jeryl Prescott, Virginia Madsen, Will Patton, Henderson Wade, and Kevin Durand. Swamp Thing is set to debut May 2019.
DC Universe is taking the Gotham approach with Metropolis, focusing on the eponymous city before the arrival of its most famous inhabitant. There may not be a Superman when Metropolis launches, but there will be some familiar faces for DC fans, including Lex Luthor and Lois Lane. The show actually comes from Gotham producers John Stephens and Danny Cannon, although it’ll have a markedly different tone.
Whereas in Gotham the focus is on gangs and street-level crime, here the onus will be on showcasing a truly vibrant and brilliant City of Tomorrow. Lane and Luthor, meanwhile, will be investigating the world of fringe science and looking to expose Metropolis’ dark, twisted secrets.
Metropolis was one of the first shows confirmed for DC Universe, but production hit a snag when it was announced back in May that the series was being redeveloped. Despite having an initial 13-episode order, it’s unclear what’s happening with it at the moment. No casting or release information has yet been revealed.