Stargirl Showrunner Geoff Johns Tells of the Personal Journey from Comic to Screen


DC’s Stargirl it is a series unlike anything else in the new tv room. The show, which is broadcast on both the DC Universe and The CW’s is a family-friendly show that manages to pull off the seemingly impossible task of offering something for everyone, as Courtney Whitmore, the leader of the junior high school to be the leader of a new generation of justice, as the titular heroine. There is action, adventure, heart and even a little bit of a mystery to keep fans of all ages coming back for more. But for showrunner Geoff Johns, DC’s Stargirl it is a little bit more. It is the culmination of a career’s worth of work with a high level of personal significance.

In a recent interview with the, John talked about what it was like to see Stargirl come to life on the small screen, describing the experience of seeing the first comic book he wrote and realized that in this way, as an “emotional affair.”

“Emotional,” Johns said of the trip. “It was really great, I mean, it was a very positive thing. Then I threw it in the character of the time, when I was working as a [Richard] The minister’s assistant, was put in place, it was the writing of the scripts, in the night, and I was just wanting to be a writer. My goal was to have the Writer’s Guild union card. When I moved here, I was like, ‘if I have that union card, it is what it is.” And that’s what it was. It’s getting to the Guild, it was just the coolest thing ever.”

“But the pitching, that now, it was truly a very special place, and I recall that, when Lee’s Centre, began with a design to Stargirl, and he was to fax them to me. We took a shot Lethal Weapon 4 in Malibu, we were in a trailer with one of those old fax machines that were rolled up in the paper he was faxing them over,” he continued. “It was so cool and exciting to watch.”

Stars and S. T. R. I. P. E. it would end up as the first of many comics that Johns would be writing it, but Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl, it is still one of his favorite characters to write about. John went on to say that he was, as he saw Bassinger’s audition for the role, and he knew that it was a perfect fit for the life of the character he had created years before, in a tribute to his deceased sister, Courtney Johns. But for him, it all came together when he saw that The CW’s newest poster from the series.

“It was all such a whirlwind. It wasn’t until this poster came to me that I was in, they got into the spirit of the show in this picture,” John said. “I was like, that’s great. That poster was almost like the bookend of the strip, this is for me, and I don’t know why it’s taking this long to just get the kitchen sink in there, but maybe it’s because I’m taking a breath for the first time in two years, and we finally got it out.”

“The picture starts in the mind, so is perfect for us, and that was the end of closure for me,” he said. “And I was like, ‘oh, my god, my god, it’s real.'”

Stargirl aired on Tuesday, 8/7 on The CW. New episodes will debut Monday in the DC Universe.

Publication: Comic is owned by CBS Interactive, a division of the ViacomCBS.


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