‘DC’s Stargirl’: Who Plays Pat Dugan on the CW Series?

DC’s Stargirl joins the CW’s superhero lineup with an exciting new story. Notable Hollywood star  Luke Wilson joins the cast in a key role as Pat Dugan. Here’s a breakdown of Wilson’s character on the series, and how he fits in the DC comics universe. 

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Luke Wilson plays Pat Dugan in ‘DC’s Stargirl’

In DC’s Stargirl, Wilson takes on the role of Pat Dugan, aka S.T.R.I.P.E. (Special Tactics Robotic Integrated Power Enhancer). The character was first introduced in the DC’s 1941 Star-Spangled Comics

Pat Dugan was then updated in the Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. comic series, in which he was introduced as the stepfather of Courtney Whitmore, aka Stargirl. He develops his robotic S.T.R.I.P.E. suit, and after Courtney finds Starman’s staff and becomes Stargirl, Dugan fights supervillains alongside her. 

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The part was written with him in mind 

Wilson is known for his roles in movies like Legally Blonde and The Royal Tennenbaums. With DC’s Stargirl, the actor takes on his first superhero role

In an interview with Inverse, showrunner Geoffrey Johns, who also wrote the 1999 Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. comics, said that when he saw Wilson in the film, Bottle Rocket, he admired his performance. And since then, Johns’ revealed that he always imagined Wilson in the role of Pat Dugan. 

“When I wrote this pilot I wrote it with him in mind and sent it to him,” said Johns. “We ended up having lunch and hit it off. He brought so many ideas and jokes to the table.” 

‘DC’s Stargirl’ is Luke Wilson’s first superhero role

When talking to Decider, Wilson opened up about his role in DC’s Stargirl. He revealed that after playing a cop, a lawyer, and a cowboy in the movies, he’s excited to portray a superhero. 

“I’ve kind of gotten to do all these movies I loved as a kid,” said Wilson. “The idea of actually getting to be in a real superhero DC Universe project seemed really cool to me.”

The actor also admitted that he wasn’t initially familiar with the DC comics the show is based on. But he said that after hearing Johns’ vision for the series, he was sold. 

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“It always stuck out to me that Geoff said, ‘I do wanna make a show with great action, but also that has a really good feeling and a good message,'” Wilson explained. “I don’t know if it’s just being old or getting just a little more mature, but that really did appeal to me, making something that a kid could watch and really enjoy.”

Knowing how important Pat Dugan is to Stargirl in the comics, it’s safe to assume that viewers will be seeing a lot of Wilson throughout the season. 

New episodes of DC’s Stargirl air Tuesday nights, at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.