Scott Snyder tweeted out some promo art for the upcoming Batman Eternal today that PR has told us has all kinds of Easter Eggs for the upcoming weekly series which to date is mainly known as “the book Stephanie Brown is in.” The artwork is based on this by the way
So what do we see here beyond Selina wearing her “dress up shoes?” Well there’s Stephanie Brown wearing a purple hoodie. So yay! And there’s Damian’s dog with a little Robin on top. Guess he’ll be coming back soon. Also there’s a blonde, male Batfamily member - perhaps that Dick with a dye job since everyone now knows he’s Nightwing? Anything else look interesting?
This isn’t the first Bats-giving, of course.
Last year Li’l Gotham celebrated the day.
And in Bryan Q. Miller’s run of Batgirl, Barbara Gordon imagined Bats-Giving with her and Dick as a couple.
And of course we have this as well.
No one wants to go to that Thanksgiving.
It seems you just can’t the character down. When Stephanie Brown was murdered in 2005, fans took to the internet and conferences to
request that she, as a former Robin, have her costume put in a trophy case like the other dead Robin.
The back and forth between DC Editors and Creators went on for four years even showing up in the comics themselves as in this editors not from 2007.
Whether it was fan pressure or DC simply waiting for the “right time,” Stephanie Brown returned to comics in July of 2008.
DC made Stephanie Brown the Batgirl replacing Cass Cain a year later when the plan to return Barbara Gordon to the tights were shelved.
The Batgirl book starring Stephanie Brown was one of the best reviewed books of the next two years. But her run would be only 24 issues as DC once again moved forward to return Barbara Gordon to the role as part of the new 52 in September of 2011. Stephanie Brown made one last appearance in December of that year in Batman, Inc.
She then joined Cassandra Cain, the adopted daughter of Bruce Wayne, in going on to the “bench” - characters that would not be showing up in the new 52 for awhile.
The benching of the character was not for lack of trying for a number o creators. During the last two years, several writers attempted to include the character in the books or in pitches including Gail Simone and Grant Morrison. But the character was considered “pitch poison” within DC and any appearance was nixed. When fans celebrated the return of the character in the out of continuity Smallville written by Bryan Q. Miller, the writer of her standalone series. However, in July of 2012, their excitement quickly dissolved when the character was removed from already in production book and turned in Barbara Gordon.
At every comic convention a fan (both male and female) would ask about the return of Stephanie Brown and Cass Cain. The answers would range from polite to downright dismissive. At one point DC joked that there would not be taking questions about the two.
But not this week at NYCC. This week DC planted a question about Stephanie. And the woman who asked it? Kyrax, the Batgirl of SDCC who challenged the publisher on its treatment of female characters. Here’s what really went down.
Today at the Batman panel t was announced that Stephanie Brown will return to DC Comics in the upcoming Batman Eternal series. The series, announced yesterday, will be a weekly focusing on Gotham. Brown will appear as Spoiler. She will appear in issue 3 of the series.
James Tynion, according to attendees, made the announcement during the panel.
Now on to Cass Cain!
Today is another delightful chapter of LI’l Gotham and to keep with the book’s themes of holidays you have a celebration of one of the major holidays of comics — SDCC.
Bruce and Damian are chasing Clayface through the Gotham con and run into cosplayers including Batgirl. And not just iconic red headed Batgirl but that other Batgirl who seems to consistently channel Clayface when it comes to changing hair color.
There’s redheaded iconic Barbara Gordon Batgirl on the left. But who is that next to Damian?
Blonde hair, purple highlight costume? Bat cowl. And who is that girl next to her? The mask is a bit off but could that be ….
Whether they are or not, they still generated questions at SDCC. Here’s Scott Snyder answering the question:
Snyder said he really wants to use Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, but he can’t right now and there are no plans for them. He hopes that will change in the future.
Earlier this week at E3 video of the upcoming Scribblenauts DC Unmasked Game revealed that Stephanie Brown, a character who, let us say has had some challenges whenever she has appeared over the last year and half, would indeed appear. The game had been promoted as featuring every character in the history of DC but, you know with the coloring and after the fact excising of Ms. Brown from comics, fans of the character might be a tad … pessimistic and, at times, looking for conspiracies.
But not this time because lo and behold there she was dressed as a “scary villain” with her name was on screen and glimpses of her blonde hair and costume to confirm it.
This images, courtesy of BC, show the game’s character Maxwell in a specific scenario. Note the giant popcorn box in the upper right hand side. Note Damian Wayne. Note the character Mr. Hyde. To scare Mr. Hyde the character of “Scary” Stephanie Brown is called.
and wait for it …
You can see the video sequence here - forward to about 16:22 seconds.
There was much joying in the world from those of who have affection to said character. And some razzing on Twitter for a certain DC executive who may or may not.
And then yesterday there was more video footage of the game released on GameInformer.
And it contains or rather doesn’t contain something … curious.
The big E3 show is this week and it brought new footage from the DC Comics branded Scribblenauts game which claimed to have every DC character ever in it or something like that.
But given the benching and haircoloring inclinations of SOME folks at DC there was much speculation if the Scribblenauts world could handle the toxity of certain characters.
Apparently it can as video has been revealed of one Stephanie Brown who it seems now has the superpower of appearing in TV i.e. Young Justice and games but not in print or digital.
Below we have Scary Stephanie Brown, hair of blonde and suit with twinge of purple both as yet unrecolored. Wally West as Kid Flash was glimpsed in the round of publicity for this game. Cass Cain should pop up soon.
Yesterday’s Li’l Gotham was a Mother’s Day issue and was one of the best yet. In this world, Damian is still alive and his parents are much better behaved (especially this issue).
Damian takes his friend Colin on a tour of the Batcave including the trophy cases of former Robin costumes.
But note that one on the far left. It’s familiar, no? Let’s check this theory out.
The winners of Friday’s matches were Lois Lane and Superman and Kate Kane and Renee Montoya.
Here are today’s matches. The semifinal, consisting of today’s and Friday’s winners, is tomorro. The final is on, what else, Valentine’s Day. As in past years I’m going to look for a guest post on why each of the finalists should win. The post will have to be turned around fairly quickly so if you think you would be interested drop me a note on what couple and a link to something else you’ve written at dcwomenkickingass at the yahoo address. Here are today’s matches:
Bruce Wayne/Batman and Selina Kyle/Catwoman!
Tim Drake/Robin, Red Robin and Stephanie Brown/Spoiler, Robin, Batgirl!
Dick Grayson/Robin, Nightwing and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Oracle
Wally West/Flash and Linda Park-West
There is also a non-canon match today so look for that too. Polling closes at 8:30 PM EST.
One vote per person, please.
The winners of yesterday’s matches were Superman/Lois Lane and Kate Kane and Renee Montoya both by wide margins.
Here are today’s matches:
Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor
Wally West/Flash and Linda Park-West
Sue and Ralph Dibny/Elongated Man
Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown
It started with 32 women and it is now down to just two. Match after match each finalist fought off the competition winning their battles in both walks and by just a handful of votes.
And today one of these women will join the previous winners, Oracle and Cass Cain, to win the title!
In this corner, a woman who has been in DC Comics for two decades. Through the years she’s been known as Spoiler, Robin, Batgirl and for a millisecond, NightWing.
Some call her the “come back kid”, some call her “Girl Wonder”, some call her “benched” but in the end she’s all once person
And in the other corner a woman who was one of the founders of the JLA, co-founder of the Birds of Prey and a leader of the JLA. A woman who was one of the few legacy females in DC comics helping to inspire, in part, Silk Spectre II. A character that was broken down and built up again in one of the best organic character developments in comics. The daughter of the original Black Canary, one of the top martial artists in DC comics and a woman who has worn a headband and fishnets as part of her costume but never together.
Black Canary II, Dinah Laurel Lance!
As a FYI, these two first met in this contest two years ago in the Semi-Finals!
Voting is open until 9PM EST. One vote per person, of course.
Later this week the semi-finals of the tournament to decide the 2012 Most Kick-Ass DC Woman! will narrow down the current field to the last two finalists. Over the next two days I’m running pieces that make the case for each of the four semi-finalists - Stephanie Brown, Barbara Gordon, Dinah Laurel Lance/Black Canary and Wonder Woman - to get your vote for the title. Here is a piece by a previous guest poster Pamela R. Bodziock on why Stephanie Brown should win the title. Her thoughts follow:
Since her disappearance from DC continuity with the New 52 relaunch, much has been said about Stephanie Brown. Starting existence as Spoiler – a do-gooder out to “spoil” the plans of her D-list supervillain father, the Cluemaster – Stephanie began her comics run mostly as an intended love interest for Tim Drake’s Robin. Her time in the Bat Family saw her taking on the mantels of both Robin and Batgirl (at least in the old continuity), and, while she had to fight and persevere for her acceptance into Batman’s team, she eventually earned the respect and approval of every last member … even Damian Wayne.
DC Entertainment Artist Jerome K. Moore has posted his design for Stephanie Brown Young Justice design on his DA page.
He wrote a bit about the inspiration for his design:
I think I may have been remembering actress Mia Sara (LEGEND, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF) as I began sketching Stephanie’s design. Although the final result doesn’t really resemble the lovely actress, I think a trace of her doe-eyed beauty remains. As always, these color selections are my own, and may not reflect those used in the final aired version (or streamed, as the case may be).
Fun fact! Mia Sara also went on to play a DC female character; she was Dr. Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinnon the Birds of Prey live action show.
So I guess that ends the discussion of whether it was Stephanie Brown (despite her being named in the credits).
Very soon after the DC reboot revealed the benching of Stephanie Brown and Cass Cain, writer Gail Simone began tweeting and posting about a project she was pitching to “unbench” at least one of the characters.
The book was originally pitched at SDCC 2011 and went through some permutations. Today Simone posted about what the premise was and who exactly was on the team.
Posting on her Tumblr, Simone stated:
This was a book I worked on for a year with alterations. I wanted to do a girl team book featuring Black Alice, Misfit, a young Bumblebee, and led by Stephanie Brown. They would all be going to the same high school. The plan was to have BQM [Note Bryan Q. Miller] co-write it with me.
It went through lots of permutations and changes but eventually, they passed on it, which was understandable but a little bit (okay, a lot) heartbreaking. I don’t want to say more about it, but that’s a big reason why I was hopeful about some of those characters, because it seemed a pretty exciting premise.
But it doesn’t mean those characters won’t be back at some point, hopefully they will.
So there you have it. A pitch with Stephanie Brown and all female team written by Gail Simone and potentially Bryan Q. Miller was passed over by DC.