With The Flash (as played by John Wesley Shipp) confirmed to guest star in DC Stargirl Season 2, here are 10 more Arrowverse stars who should…
Aside from a brief cameo in Crisis On Infinite Earths, the world of DC’s Stargirl has been largely separate from the Arrowverse franchise, which began in 2012 with the eponymous series.
As well as airing on The CW, the entirety of DC Stargirl‘s first season also aired on streaming platform DC Universe. It was, however, announced in July 2020 by Variety that the show will become exclusive to The CW beginning with Season 2.
Since premiering in May 2020, it has been established that DC Stargirl actually takes place in a different Earth in the new multiverse setting – Earth 2, to be precise. Sound confusing? Don’t worry, everyone’s been there at some point.
Unlike shows such as The Flash or Supergirl which shoot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, DC Stargirl is filmed in Atlanta, substituting as the fictitious Blue Valley in Nebraska. However, the two worlds have become a lot closer with recent casting news.
John Wesley Shipp, who played The Flash in 1990-91 and multiple characters in the current iteration on The CW since 2014, was announced to be playing a version of the Scarlet Speedster in an episode of DC’ Stargirl. Shipp will appear as The Flash of the new Earth-2, in episode nine of the second season. Now that Shipp has made the jump, could anyone else follow in the near future?
Here are 10 iconic Arrowverse characters that we’d like to see make an appearance in DC’ Stargirl, whether in Season 2 or beyond.
10. J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter
Since 2015, English actor David Harewood has played J’onn J’onzz (The Martian Manhunter) on Supergirl, one of the few original cast members to still be in the show.
Despite the fact Supergirl is coming to an end, a Martian Manhunter appearance on DC’s Stargirl could extend Harewood’s stay in the Arrowverse franchise. In DC Comics, the character debuted November 1955, making him a similarly classic superhero to the JSA.
However, other than the obvious superpower element, season 1 of DC Stargirl seemed grounded in reality. As such, J’onn’s status as an alien could disrupt the tone that has already been established on the show.
9. Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash
Throughout his time in the Arrowverse, speedster villain Eobard Thawne has appeared in different guises.
Matt Letscher (Narcos) appeared as Thawne’s true form in the first three seasons of The Flash, as well as a regular in Legends of Tomorrow. Flash series regular Tom Cavanagh plays Thawne when disguised as scientist Harrison Wells, largely taking over the role in latter seasons of long-running series.
Having already tormented Barry Allen/The Flash, the Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl (in the Crisis on Earth-X crossover), Thawne needs a new superhero target for his repertoire. He would also present a different challenge to Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl, compared to her current foes, the Injustice Society of America (ISA).
8. John Diggle
Played by David Ramsey, the character John Diggle has been an Arrowverse mainstay since 2012, when Arrow first premiered on The CW.
Despite the series ending its run in January 2020, Ramsey’s time in the franchise has not ended, as he has been confirmed by Deadline to be guest-starring in episodes of multiple shows, as well as directing.
While John Wesley Shipp’s appearance brings DC Stargirl closer to the Arrowverse, it would truly feel official if Courtney Whitmore interacted with one of the franchise’s founding characters.
Diggle has also long been rumoured to become the Arrowverse’s version of The Green Lantern – hinted by The Flash of Earth-90 during the Elseworlds crossover event in 2018. Who knows what John Diggle of new Earth-2 could be doing?
7. Captain Joe West
Star of Rent and Law and Order, Jesse L. Martin has played Joe West (now Police Captain) on The Flash since its 2014 pilot episode.
Despite his long tenure with the show, Joe’s crossover appearances have been few and far between. The most notable appearance on another series was Barry Allen and Iris West’s wedding during Crisis on Earth-X Part 3, which was technically an episode of Supergirl.
Having Joe guest-star on an episode of Stargirl could be interesting. For instance, he could bond with Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) over their kids being superheroes. Or, perhaps, the Joe West in Courtney Whitmore’s universe could pop up somewhere. Who knows?
6. Caitlin Snow/Frost
As portrayed by Danielle Panabaker, fans have watched Caitlin Snow undergo multiple transformations throughout seven seasons of The Flash.
Beginning as an ordinary Star Labs scientist, to becoming the meta-human villain ‘Killer Frost’ to now being somewhere in between, as “Frost”. These changes, in addition to losing her fiancé Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), have made Caitlin one of the more complex characters on the show.
Caitlin/Frost would be an interesting choice to have on Stargirl, especially as the Season 1 villain Icicle had similar powers. Furthermore, Caitlin was also in the first ever Arrowverse crossover, guest-starring on Arrow ahead of The Flash‘s series premiere.
5. Cisco Ramon
Carlos Valdes has played Cisco Ramon, formerly the superhero ‘Vibe’ on The Flash since 2014. He also appeared with Panabaker on Arrow before the series premiere.
Cisco’s meta-human abilities would have been the perfect avenue for a crossover appearance, by being able to cross into different Earths of the now-destroyed multiverse. Along with many other characters, Cisco is unaware that a new multiverse was created and believes that Earth Prime is all that is in existence.
If Cisco were to appear on Stargirl, he would most likely bond with Beth Chapel (Anjelika Washington) due to the similar extroverted geeky roles in their respective teams. Cisco would also possibly be interested in how Beth’s goggles work.
4. Kara Danvers/Supergirl
As already mentioned, Melissa Benoist’s time as Kara Danvers/Supergirl in the Arrowverse is coming to an end. However, why not make one more stop before bowing out for good?
Since first meeting Barry Allen in a 2016 Supergirl episode where The Flash guest-starred, Kara has gone on to meet/interact with almost every other character in the wider franchise. Owing to her relative newness, Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl is not on the list.
For what it’s worth, Brec Bassinger (who plays Courtney) has stated in previous interviews that Supergirl would be her dream character for Courtney to crossover with.
3. Sara Lance/White Canary
Originating as a recurring character on Arrow, Caity Lotz’s Sara Lance has evolved to become Captain of The Waverider on Legends of Tomorrow, as well as arguably the lead of that show.
By now a staple of the Arrowverse franchise, Sara has met and/or worked with almost every other character, including a different version of Stargirl in an episode of Legends of Tomorrow.
Considering the Waverider has journeyed to strange destinations in the past, a trip to Earth-2 doesn’t seem too far-fetched.
2. Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
As Oliver Queen, actor Stephen Amell started the Arrowverse’s journey on The CW almost a decade ago. Every other show in the franchise can trace their origin back to Arrow, the first of the shows developed by Greg Berlanti.
Although Oliver’s fate in Crisis On Infinite Earths may mean that the door is not fully open for the character right now, it’s hard to believe that it’s closed entirely. Or, even if the Oliver we know cannot make an appearance, Stephen Amell could play the Green Arrow of Earth-2.
Since Arrow ended, Stephen Amell has moved onto a leading role in the Starz series Heels, playing a wrestler named ‘Jack Spade’. This may also make a possible Oliver appearance difficult, however, if the Arrowverse has shown anything, nothing should be ruled out of possibility. After all, Heels in filmed in Atlanta, the same city as Stargirl.
1. Barry Allen/The Flash (Earth-Prime)
Played by former Glee actor Grant Gustin, Barry Allen has been a part of the Arrowverse since 2013, when he guest-starred on Arrow and was later spun-off into his own series.
Aside from now being the longest-serving main protagonist in the franchise, Barry has already facilitated the inclusion of other characters into the Arrowverse – such as Supergirl/Kara Danvers, as well as Black Lightning/Jefferson Pierce.
More so than most characters, Barry may be able to offer words of wisdom to Courtney Whitmore as she continues her new journey as a superhero, having already been through his fair share of trials, error and tribulation.