DC Universe has officially become the new “Jeph Loeb‘s Marvel TV” in the sense that we’re all just watching it live on borrowed time. The latest sign of the streamer’s demise came today as Stargirl, the DC Comics series starring Brec Bassinger, has been renewed for season 2 exclusively on the CW. Season 1 of the series—developed by Geoff Johns, who also created the character in comics as a tribute to his late sister—aired simultaneously on the CW and DC Universe.
This is pretty great news overall since the show is a freaking delight, featuring a star-making performance by Bassinger (pun extremely intended), a heaping dose of Steven Spielberg vibes, and Luke Wilson piloting a big-ass robot. But the news does cast doubt on the future of DC Universe, a streaming service that becomes less necessary by the day. Season 2 of Doom Patrol currently airs simultaneously on DC Universe and HBO Max, and Collider recently learned that both seasons of the animated Harley Quinn show will soon migrate to the Warnermedia streaming service as well. With Swamp Thing canceled like three episodes into its first season and a host of DC movies rotating in and out of HBO Max, DC Universe’s sole exclusive original will soon be Titans, which has its fans but is unlikely to anchor an entire subscriber base.
For more on Stargirl, check out our full review of season 1. Here is the show’s official synopsis.
DC’S STARGIRL follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (series star Brec Bassinger, “Bella and the Bulldogs,” “School of Rock,” “The Goldbergs”) as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. This new drama reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in an unpredictable series. The series focuses on the character that started creator Geoff Johns’ career as a comic book writer when he created her in 1999, lovingly inspired by his late sister who was killed in a 1996 plane crash.