Luke Wilson has been cast as Courtney Whitmore’s stepfather, Pat Dugan, in the upcoming DC Universe series Stargirl. Courtney becomes Stargirl after she inadvertently discovers her stepfather’s old superhero gear. Pat Dugan goes on to become her mentor and something of a sidekick as she gets started in the superhero game.
Pat Dugan once went by the less-than-inspired superhero name of Stripesy, sidekick to a young hero known as The Star-Spangled Kid and later Starman of the legendary Justice Society of America. Today, Pat has left his sidekick life behind him. But when his new stepdaughter, Courtney Whitmore, discovers Pat’s secret past and takes on Starman’s legacy to become Stargirl, Pat is forced to come out of retirement and once again become a sidekick — to his stepdaughter — this time piloting a 15-foot robot called Stripe.
Courtney’s partnership with her stepfather was first covered in the 14-issue Geoff Johns comic series, Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., in which the character of Stargirl made her debut. Pat Dugan, on the other hand, first appeared in 1941’s Action Comics #40, where he fought alongside Sylvester Pemberton (who will be played by Joel McHale on Stargirl).
“When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and saw Bottle Rocket, I became a huge fan and admirer of Luke’s,” Johns, who’s an executive producer of Stargirl, said. “And I literally wrote this part for Luke, hoping that someday and somehow he’d play Pat Dugan. I only envisioned him. And now I feel like I won the lottery! Luke’s talent, humor, compassion—his presence and professionalism—and his creative collaboration, his ideas—we’re so lucky to have him alongside Brec in Stargirl.”
Wilson will appear alongside Brec Bassinger as Courtney, as well as a full team of likely retired or retired superheroes, the “Golden Age” JSA, including McHale as Pemberton (who’s Starman on the series), Lou Ferrigno Jr. as Hourman, Brian Stapf as Wildcat, and Henry Thomas as Doctor Mid-Nite.
Geoff Johns and Greg Berlanti will executive produce the series, which is the sixth overall for DC Universe. Johns, who will also write the series, is producing via his Mad Ghost Productions. Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions are also behind the 2019 series. Johns and Lee Moder created the Stargirl character, who was named after Johns’ sister, Courtney, who died in the TWA Flight 800 explosion in 1996. Stargirl made her first appearance in 1999’s Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #1.
Stargirl will debut later this year exclusively on DC Universe.