Stargirl continues to fill out the Justice Society of America roster with the announcement that Brian Stapf has been cast in the upcoming DC Universe series as Ted Grant, also known as Wildcat.
According to TVLine's description of the character, Stapf’s “Golden Age version of Grant’s clawed and cowled Wildcat is also a former heavyweight boxer and in all likelihood, will be just as indispensable to the titular heroine.”
Stapf's credits include The Purge, Valor and several episodes of The Walking Dead. His previous experience as a stunt performer will come in handy, as Wildcat was responsible for training some of the greatest heroes in the DC Universe.
This will be the second live-action portrayal of Wildcat on the small screen. The character appeared on Arrow, portrayed by J.R. Ramirez, where the former vigilante and gym owner taught Katie Cassady’s Laurel Lance how to fight. Wildcat also made appearances on Justice League Unlimited and notably alongside Batman and his fellow J.S.A members in Batman Brave and the Bold, voiced by R. Lee Ermey.
Stapf will join Brec Bassinger, who plays Stargirl; Lou Ferrigno Jr., who will portray Hourman; and Joel McHale, who was cast as Starman yesterday. Yvette Monreal, Christopher James Baker and Anjelika Washington are also attached to the series, but their roles have not yet been revealed.
According to the show's official description, Stargirl will inspire "an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past," and the show will feature a new take on DC's first superteam, the Justice Society of America. Given the Society's large roster and numerous villains, these unconfirmed actors could end up portraying any of a number of established DC characters on the show.