DC Comics today announced that Luke Wilson will portray the mechanic-turned-superhero Pat Dugan on the DC Universe series Stargirl. Pat Dugan is best known to comic book fans as a former Golden Age hero who pilots the imposing robot S.T.R.I.P.E. He is also the stepfather of Courtney Whitmore’s Stargirl.
A synopsis of the role, published by DC Comics, reads:
"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."
Wilson is known for his roles in Idiocracy, Old School, Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, Blue Streak, Bongwater and Legally Blonde. He has also made appearances on That '70s Show, The X-Files, Enlightened and Roadies.
This will the first live-action portrayal of Pat Dugan. The character appeared alongside Stargirl, voiced by an uncredited Phil LaMarr, in Justice League: Unlimited. He appeared again in Justice League: Gods and Monsters, and was referenced repeatedly by Courtney in the the Smallville episode "Absolute Justice," written by Geoff Johns.
Johns expressed his excitement about the casting, stating that he’s been a long-time fan of Wilson and his career, and that he had written the character in Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. with Wilson in mind to one day play the character.
“I only envisioned him," said Johns. "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.”
DC Universe's Stargirl, starring Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore (Stargirl), Joel McHale as Sylvester Pemberton (Starman), Brian Stapf as Ted Grant (Wildcat), Lou Ferringo Jr. as Rex Tyler (Hourman), with Anjelika Washington, Yvette Monreal and Christopher James Baker as undisclosed DC characters, arrives in 2019.