The Flash Meets Stargirl In CW's Next Superhero Crossover (Photos)

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
Stargirl logo, John Wesley Shipp as The Flash

CW's Stargirl is still off the radar compared to most Arrowverse shows like The Flash, Supergirl, and Batwoman since the series' continuity is set on Earth-2. However, Stargirl's Arrowverse connection will progress even further due to the arrival of John Wesley Shipp's Jay Garrick from the Grant Gustin-led speedster series. 

Stargirl is currently in its second season on The CW, with Brec Bassinger's Courtney Whitmore dealing with summer school and the looming threat of Eclipso. Whitmore is joined by her fellow Justice Society of America members, namely Yvette Montreal's Wildcat, Angelika Washington's Dr. Mid-Nite, and Cameron Gellman's Hourman. 

This new iteration of the JSA is being overlooked by Luke Wilson's Pat Dugan a.k.a. Stripesy, who served in the original version of the team. Throughout the first season, Dugan freely shared information and even secrets of the original JSA to Courtney and her team, but the fourth episode of Season 2 confirmed that Stripesy didn't share all of them. 

This aforementioned secret has something to do with the JSA's battle against Eclipso in the past. Based on the conversations between Pat and his wife Barbara, there's a strong chance that this secret could hurt the image of the JSA as a whole. 

Now, it looks like this secret will finally be uncovered in a flashback-heavy crossover episode of Stargirl

Jay Garrick Arrives in CW's Stargirl 

Entertainment Weekly officially unveiled a fresh batch of stills from Stargirl's flashback-heavy episode, which will feature the show's first major crossover episode featuring The Flash's Jay Garrick played by John Wesley Shipp. 

Shipp's Scarlet Speedster stands side by side with Luke Wilson's Pat Dugan in this official image from the episode: 

Luke Wilson as Pat Dugan, John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick
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The original Justice Society of America, featuring Flash, Wildcat, Starman, Hourman, and Stripsey, strikes a pose in this new still from Stargirl

Lou Ferrigno Jr as Rex Tyler/Hourman, John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick/The Flash, Joel McHale as Sylvester Pemberton/Starman, Brian Stapf as Ted Grant/Wildcat and Luke Wilson as Pat Dugan
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Jay Garrick and Pat Dugan talk while seemingly attending a funeral in this official image: 

John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick/The Flash and Luke Wilson as Pat Dugan
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Johnny Thunder and Starman look over the grave of an unknown friend in this image: 

Ethan Embry as Johnny Thunder and Joel McHale as Sylvester Pemberton/Starman
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Jay Garrick is ready for battle in this official image: 

John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick/The Flash
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The JSA vs. Eclipso 

The arrival of John Wesley Shipp's Jay Garrick could hint that Stargirl's place in the Arrowverse's interconnected narrative will finally be addressed, and it will be interesting to find out how the show will cement this connection. 

During the Season 2 premiere, Pat Dugan explained that Injustice Society's Per Degaton was defeated by the Flash, successfully trapping him in an alternate timeline. This passing comment essentially confirms that Dugan is aware of the multiverse, and this could essentially set the stage for Stargirl characters to soon make their way into Earth Prime a.k.a. the home of Grant Gustin's Flash and Melissa Benoist's Supergirl. 

Meanwhile, this flashback-heavy episode creates an opportunity to showcase more of the original iteration of the Justice Society of America. After featuring the original team in a tragic flashback in the show's first season, Stargirl only referenced the past JSA through lines of dialogue and Easter eggs. 

By doing this flashback episode, fans will definitely learn more about the JSA and their past encounter with Eclipso, meaning that Pat Dugan's secret could be unraveled when the credits roll. Given that the first set of photos is showing a funeral, it's possible that a JSA member or even a close relative of the team died during the battle. 

This could explain why Dugan is keeping this secret from Courtney and the new JSA due to the battle taking a dark turn. 

Stargirl airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, and it can be accessed free the next day on The CW app. 

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.