DC's Stargirl has been renewed for season 2 on The CW, which will become the "exclusive in-season home for the show." Season 1 of Stargirl has been premiering on the DC Universe streaming platform, with new episodes then airing a day later on The CW. Season 2 of Stargirl will reportedly not be streaming on DC Universe at all; season 2 episodes will premiere on The CW and then stream a day later on The CW streaming site, with the complete season then debuting on HBO Max when it is complete. Stargirl season 1 is currently earning solid ratings for CW, halfway through its run.
This news immediately makes one wonder about the fate of the DC Universe platform. As DC Universe programming has grown more popular, it's also found ways to break out of the stranglehold of the streaming services limited subscriber base. Titans gained popularity by streaming on Netflix overseas; the critically-acclaimed Doom Patrol launched season 2 on HBO Max, where a much wider audience can discover the show. Even the buzzworthy Harley Quinn animated series aired season 1 episodes on SyFy in May, and now Stargirl is jumping ship to get a better shot on The CW. It seems like the writing is pretty much on the wall, and it doesn't look good for DC Universe's future.
Synopsis: "One decade after nearly all of the Justice Society of America (JSA) were killed in a battle against the Injustice Society of America (ISA), high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore discovers the Cosmic Staff of Starman and, upon learning that her stepfather Pat Dugan used to be Starman's sidekick, becomes the inspiration for a whole new generation of superheroes."
Stargirl has successfully taken the JSA era of DC Comics lore and adapted to the screen, alongside the newer, younger iteration of the team who took up the JSA mantle in the 2000s. The series is very much the brainchild of DC comics writer and entertainment producer Geoff Johns, who created his version of Stargirl as an ode to his late sister. Fans have generally been enjoying the Stargirl TV series, with Comicbook.com's Nicole Drum praising its uniqueness, in her official Stargirl review:
"Stargirl is the best of superhero television. It's both light and bright and has a bit of grim and dark just on its edges. In a superhero landscape littered with heroes suffering with the angst of understanding their mission and purpose, Stargirl offers instead a refreshing sense of clarity and confidence. It's a beautiful series infused with love, hope, and unwavering faith that good can overcome evil without good losing its soul in the process. Stargirl is like nothing else and it's exactly what we need."
(h/t - THR)