The Flash’s Jay Garrick actor, John Wesley Shipp, is confirmed to appear on Stargirl season 2. One of the new additions to the DC TV franchise last year was Stargirl, starring Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore. As the first season followed her origin story of becoming the titular hero, it also saw the revival of the Justice Society of America. While it initially began as a DC Universe series, it also aired on The CW at the same time in a special agreement between the two platforms. However, for Stargirl season 2, it will officially be a CW exclusive as the show is set to return sometime this year.
Prior to debuting, Stargirl was established to exist on its own Earth while still existing in the Arrowverse. Through Crisis on Infinite Earths, Oliver Queen ended up rebooting the Multiverse as the Spectre. But not only did he create Earth-Prime where most of the DC-CW heroes live, but he rebooted the Multiverse layout too. Prior to the crossover, Earth-2 was the home of Harry Wells and Jessie Quick before being destroyed by the Anti-Monitor. Now, it exists as the home of Stargirl and it appears that The CW is finally having the show crossover with the Arrowverse.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Shipp, who played The Flash in his own series in the ’90s and currently Jay Garrick in the Arrowverse, is slated to appear on Stargirl. The CW has revealed that he will appear in the 9th episode of Stargirl season 2 in a “pivotal flashback episode” focusing on the original JSA. Whether or not this will be a retroactively changed version of Shipp’s Earth-3 Jay remains to be seen as he hasn’t appeared on Earth-Prime post-Crisis. However, EW does describe that this will establish him as officially being the Golden Age Flash of Earth-2, something that universe didn’t have before.
In many ways, this does make a lot of sense for the Arrowverse to do in a post-Crisis world. It was always a bit off that Jay came from Earth-3, which best known as the home of the Crime Syndicate of America in the DC lore. Thanks to Crisis on Infinite Earths, the creators behind all the shows got a fresh new chance at changing various aspects of their DC Universe. To have Shipp play Jay from Earth-2 lines up more with the comics and also gives Stargirl a new connection to the Arrowverse through The Flash. This might have been the original plan for The Flash and Stargirl crossover that almost happened last season.
The Flash season 7 is premiering in less than two weeks and perhaps they will foreshadow the coming Stargirl crossover. But given that he’s meant to appear in flashbacks, it might imply that Jay is actually dead on Earth-2 in the present time. It was heavily implied that he along with several other JSA members had died during their final battle with the Injustice Society. But it’s always possible that there can be a twist to it, similarly to how Joel McHale’s Sylvester Pemberton showed up in the Stargirl season 1 finale. Stargirl season 2 has yet to receive a premiere date, but this is a big episode to look forward to with John Wesley Shipp’s Jay Garrick showing up.