If you like superhero movies, you probably enjoy daring fights, incredible computer animation, and excellent character development. However, you may struggle to accept the roles that women play in many superhero movies and comics. For years, women and girls have served solely as love interests or obstacles for the male heroes to overcome. Thankfully, this is not the case in DC Comics’ new web series, Stargirl. Here are the answers to the most important questions you have before you watch the first episode.

1. What Happens Before the Show Takes Place?

You can enjoy Stargirl on its own, but the show, which is executive produced by Geoff Johns, takes place in DC Comics’ extended universe. Stargirl is the daughter of Starman and the stepdaughter of his sidekick, S.T.R.I.P.E. These older heroes form the Justice Society of America, which combats the Injustice Society of America. Stargirl and her allies are the heirs to this conflict, but they are not aware of their parents’ legacy when the show begins. While you don’t need to know every hero’s backstory before watching the show, you’ll appreciate the character development more if you watch some of the shows involving the JSA and ISA first.

2. What Happens During Season 1?

Season 1 of Stargirl establishes the main character’s role as a leader in the next generation of the JSA. Courtney Whitmore is a sophomore in high school who has just moved from California to Nebraska. She’s also dealing with changes in her family, as her mother has married Pat Dugan. In addition to these real-life challenges, Courtney also has to make sense of her family history of superheroes. She claims her biological father’s cosmic staff, which gives her superpowers, and begins to fight the ISA with the help of other new heroes, such as Wildcat.

3. Where Can You Watch Stargirl?

Stargirl is available on the CW as well as DC Comics’ streaming platform.

4. Who Stars in Season 1?

Season 1 of Stargirl features many actors who have prior credits in television. Brec Bassinger plays Courtney Whitmore, while Luke Whitmore plays Pat Dugan and Amy Smart portrays Barbara Whitmore. Other young superheroes are played by Yvette Monreal and Anjelika Washington.

As you get ready to watch the first season of Stargirl, familiarize yourself with DC’s existing comics and shows, particularly the ones involving the title character. Then, enjoy a new female-centric story featuring all the thrills and character development you associate with superhero shows.

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