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Stargirl Season 2 Casts Jim Gaffigan as Justice Society of America Member Thunderbolt

Jim Gaffigan, Pink Thunderbolt
By Jennifer McDonough

Season one of Stargirl delighted audiences with its fun takes on the title hero as well as the Justice Society of America. The series, which aired on The CW as well as on the DC Universe streaming service, followed the adventures of Courtney Whitmore, a headstrong teenager who becomes the bearer of a powerful weapon called the Cosmic Staff.

Over the course of the first season, Courtney recruits others to her cause in fighting the evil Injustice Society. And as part of her recruitment process, she breaks into the JSA's abandoned headquarters and steals their gear to give to her friends, allowing them to also be superheroes.

One of the items Courtney absconds with is a seemingly innocuous pink pen. In the pages of DC Comics, that pink pen is the home of an all-powerful, wish-granting genie. And after numerous teases and hints of the genie on the show, it would seem as though something more concrete is on its way.


Entertainment Weekly reports that comedian Jim Gaffigan will voice the Thunderbolt genie in Stargirl season two, who will be visually brought to life through the use of CGI.

The character's official description reads as follows:

"The wishes he grants often cause more trouble than the wish-asker would ever expect. But despite his somewhat constant supernatural disasters, the Thunderbolt's heart is always in the right place, even if it is wounded by the friends he has lost throughout his long existence.


Given the heavy teasing the show did in its first season, it seemed like a lock that Thunderbolt would show up in season two. Getting Jim Gaffigan, a comedian and actor known for his lighthearted, self-deprecating style, seems like a pretty good fit.

The question remains as to who will wield the pen and unleash the genie. During a scene in season one, Courtney clicks the pen open, it does nothing, and so she tosses it aside, indicating that she's not the one. Perhaps her younger step-brother, Mike Dugan, will be the person to finally summon Thunderbolt in the Stargirl universe.

Furthermore, the fact that the character descriptions says that Thunderbolt always means well but often screws up during the wish-granting process could create some interesting, humorous scenarios. Couple that with Gaffigan's comedic timing and viewers could be in for some very funny scenes coming up in season two of Stargirl.

Stargirl season two is now filming and will air on The CW sometime next Spring.

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