Well, if you were wondering who the new Batgirl is but haven’t read the first issue of her new series, I suggest you skip this column. But, if you did read it… please, by all means, continue.
For several months we’ve teased you about our plans to launch a new Batgirl series, but we never said who’d be inside the costume. And there was much speculation on who might actually wear the cowl. Barbara Gordon might have seemed a logical choice; after all, Hal Jordan and Barry Allen were back in costume, so why not Barbara? And then there was talk of Cassandra Cain. She was the reigning Batgirl and was back to being a hero. Why not leave her in the costume? Even Misfit (from Birds of Prey), Wendy (from Teen Titans), and Bette Kane (of Flamebird fame) were thrown into the mix, just for fun. But as you now know, that group didn’t make the cut. Instead we went with a character who just recently returned to the land of the living, the former Robin, currently Spoiler, and now, future Batgirl, Stephanie Brown.
Choosing the new Batgirl was not an easy decision, and strong arguments could be made for most of them. At one point we were sure it would be Barbara (she was as close to being Batgirl again as Nightwing was to being dead) but after long discussions it was agreed that Oracle had become such a strong character, that there was no sense going back. And since we wanted to make a change, Cassandra no longer seemed right for the role. (Not to worry, Cassandra fans; plans are afoot, in a very big way, for our favorite non-lethal assassing in 2010.) As for Wendy, Bette and Misfit, none felt strong enough for the position. That left us with the one choice we all agreed on, Stephanie Brown.
Now me and Stephanie, we go way back. As a fan I followed her story in ROBIN comics, and when I first got here at DC, agreeing to her “death “was one of my first “controversial” decisions. After all, I was the one who suggested making her Robin before killing her, so her death would seem to have more meaning. Heh. Who knew?
From the time of her death, to the outcry for a memorial, and ultimately, to her return, there is no denying that her character had connected with a portion of our fanbase and, more important, connected to the Bat-family. It just seemed to make sense that she was the one, and given her history and ties to all the members of Batman’s world, the potential is there to make this new Batgirl the one fans will be speaking about for a very long time. I hope you agree and give her a try. We have a great creative team in place with Bryan Q. Miller and Lee Garbett, and I think you are going to enjoy the ride.
From DC Nation, 9/9/09
So I was looking over Steph’s Batgirl run earlier, and I noticed something that I tend to skip- probably like most readers, I suppose.
This is not credited to anyone, but it’s almost certainly Didio. He always writes these, and his references to making the decisions regarding killing Steph are a dead giveaway.
How the times do change…
[Favorite lines bolded for emphasis, though there are oh so many.]
Aside from the stuff about Stephanie Brown, what strikes me the most here is the note to Cassandra Cain fans - Don’t worry, we have BIG plans for her next year - which, obviously, turned out not to be the case. It seems like “There are big plans for this character” has turned into some kind of code at DC for “We are planning to keep this character in limbo for a very long time.”
I feel like the only reason Steph keeps getting smacked down is because she’s the only former Batgirl that the creators are trying to use, because the blue-eyed blonde little white girl is so much more appealing that the (non-neurotypical) mixed Asian girl.
I think Snyder…
Back before it was widely known that Cass was “toxic” Gail spoke about how Cass was off limits because she was supposed to be in Inc. I certainly think that Grant tried to use her, although I could be wrong. But it is really hard to get a feeling of what actually happened, what with crayon allegories and rumours of toxicness and a general reluctance of writers to bite the hand that feeds.
Needless to say Cass has fans, and most Steph fans want her back as badly.
I think it’s unfortunate that Steph’s absence gets more attention/press than Cass’s, and I think some of it may have to do with her whiteness, but it probably also has to do with the fact that Cass has been more or less absent for a longer time period. I know for me, as someone who started reading DC Comics regularly during Bryan Q. Miller’s run on Batgirl, I’ve never really been exposed to Cassandra Cain, so I’m not as emotionally attached to her as I would be if I had been reading comics while she was Batgirl.
There’s also the fact that Stephanie Brown has a really gruesome history of being treated like shit by DC editorial. Remember that they made her Robin ONLY so that people would care about her more before they killed her off in a degrading, violent fridging. Cass, meanwhile, (from what I understand) has mostly just been a victim of poor characterization (the arc where she was portrayed as a psychopath) and then ignored (the loooooooong period where she was just not around).
I don’t know. The point is they’re both great characters who are not around anymore. I want both of them to come back. :(
holy jesus fuck Damian, Colin, Cass AND OREOS
LET ME DIE
Have I posted this already? It doesn’t matter. It’s wonderful.
I was gonna draw this for Valentine’s Day but I don’t really have the patience to wait /DDD lolz
Oh god, yes. Why can’t we have this in a comic book? :(
Cassandra and Stephanie by 89g.
I was looking at that picture and suddenly it became clear to me. This is what I want! I want an ongoing comic book about Steph and Cass, where they’re BFFs and they hug and smile and fight crime together and they do it independently and their own way, while telling the bat boys to suck it.
Is that too much to ask for?