The Injustice Society has recruited its first three members: The actors taking on the roles of Tigress, Sportsmaster and Dragon King on the upcoming live-action DC Universe series Stargirl will be Joy Osmanski, Neil Hopkins and Nelson Lee, respectively.
The Injustice Society, a volatile collective of master criminals, dates back to 1947 in the pages of DC Comics where the group was the underworld’s counterpoint to the Justice Society of America, DC’s first superhero team. The vintage heroes and villains have a prominent presence in Stargirl, which will premiere in 2019 on the DC Universe subscription streaming site.
Osmanski will portray Tigress. The official Stargirl character description for the lethal criminal: “Protecting and providing for her family, Paula Brooks hunts the world’s most dangerous game – humans – as the Tigress.”
Tigress has comic-book roots going back to 1947, although she was called the Huntress in those days. She was introduced as the nemesis of Wildcat and was inspired in part by another DC’s most famous femme fatale, Catwoman.
Osmanski’s credits include work in recurring roles on Netflix’s The Santa Clarita Diet, Freeform’s The Fosters, Lifetime’s Devious Maids and Fox’s The Following. She has also guest starred on iZombie, Younger and Lucifer. Osmanski is represented by Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates and Bohemia Group
Hopkins portrays Lawrence “Crusher” Crock, aka the Sportsmaster, a longtime enemy of the Justice Society of America. The Stargirl series description for Sportsmaster: “He sees his criminal pursuits as a game to win — and his competitors as targets to kill. The only thing more important to Crock than ‘the game’ is his family.”
The Sportsmaster first appeared in DC’s All-American Comics in 1947 and often used augmented athletic gear (e.g. exploding hockey pucks, rocket-launched baseball bats, etc.). He later teamed-up with (and married) the character that would become known as Tigress.
Hopkins is best known for his series regular work on El Rey Network’s Matador and his recurring role on ABC’s landmark series Lost in the role of Liam Pace. Hopkins is represented by SDB Partners and The Coronel Group
Lee portrays the mastermind Dragon King, a super-villain who hides his face and past. Dragon King is described in the official series notes as “a deadly and mysterious hooded man…this controversial scientist has been experimenting on himself and his victims since the 1940s.” The Dragon King was introduced in DC’s All-Star Squadron in 1981 as a former high-ranking scientist and occult expert in the government of Imperial Japan who, after WWII, experimented on himself to horrific effect.
Lee can next be seen in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Mulan. He previously worked with Stargirl showrunner Geoff Johns on Spike TV’s Blade: The Series. His other credits include recurring roles on HBO’s Oz, Amazon’s Sneaky Pete and ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley. Nelson also co-directed the indie feature A.I. Tales this past year. Lee is represented by TCA and Bohemia Group.
Greg Berlanti, Johns, Sarah Schechter and Melissa Carter are executive producers of Stargirl, which is based on the DC character created by Johns. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros Television. Showrunner Johns is writing the first episode as well.
The 1999 introduction of the title character was a key early success for Johns as a comic book writer. Stargirl was directly inspired by his sister, who died in a 1996 plane explosion.
The show’s logline: “Stargirl follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. This new drama reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in an unpredictable series.”
Brec Bassinger of Nickelodeon’s Bella & the Bulldogs will play the cosmic title character on Stargirl, which is one of the original series offerings that Warner Bros Digital Networks and DC Entertainment are banking on as they launch their ambitious streaming site aimed at superhero fans.