DC has announced that Community star Joel McHale has landed the role of Starman in the upcoming DC Universe TV series, Stargirl!
Reported by Variety, McHale will be playing the role of Sylvester Pemberton, who’s described as the ‘Golden Age Starman’. The character is best known as the former Star-Spangled Kid in the comic books so they have tweaked his character somewhat, but he did operate with Dugan’s Stripesy as his sidekick, he used Starman’s Cosmic Staff for a time, and he was a member of the JSA.
Here’s the official character description:
Joel McHale plays rich socialite Sylvester Pemberton, aka Starman. A courageous and confident Super Hero, Starman is a member of the Justice Society of America—DC’s original Super Hero team, which first appeared in ALL STAR COMICS #3 in 1940. Starman wields a mysterious anti-gravity weapon called the Cosmic Staff. His longtime partner is his sidekick, Stripesy, better known as Courtney Whitmore’s stepfather, Pat Dugan.
DC Universe’s Stargirl will follow Courtney as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past, and aims to reimagine Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the JSA. Stargirl focuses on the character that started executive producer Geoff Johns’ career as a comic book writer when he created her in 1999, and was lovingly inspired by his late sister.
Johns is set to executive produce and write the 13-episode scripted series, which will premiere in 2019.