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.
If you’re a fan of Stephanie Brown and want to tell DC that you would like to see the character in their comics, today’s a pretty good day to do it.
You can go visit the DC Facebook page and tell them:
or you could Tweet out your support to @dccomics using the #wafflesforstephanie.
Or you could send a snailmail letter to:
Bob Harras or Dan DiDio or Mike Marts at
New York, NY 10019
or (updated address!)
President, DC Entertainment
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg 2, #103
Burbank, CA 91522
Tell them you would like to see the character in comics again.
Good luck, you’re going to need it!
While it was recently revealed that Stephanie Brown, the Bat-verse character who has been known as Spoiler, Robin and Batgirl, would be joining the digital series Smallville Season 11, that’s still not enough according to a group of fans.
Calling themselves “Waffles for Stephanie” the group is driving a fan effort to communicate to DC that Stephanie Brown needs to return to the DCU as well.
Brown is a popular character and DC has been forced to deal with fan initiatives around the character in the past. The organization Girl-Wonder.Org was created after DC editorial, i.e. Dan Didio, refused to give Stephanie Brown’s Robin costume a case in the Batcave after the character was killed off.
The character was eventually returned to life and later became the third Batgirl in a run that was very well received by critics and fans.
When the new52 arrived, DC moved Barbara Gordon back into the role of Batgirl and announced that Stephanie (along with Cassandra Cain) was benched. After much hinting (and WAFFLING) that Stephanie would return on a regular basis, DC finally again fessed up that the character wouldn’t be used anytime soon.
The “Waffles for Stephanie” initiative is asking fans to send a message to DC on August 10 the day that last issue of Batgirl appeared AND the day the first issue of Smallville that includes Stephanie Brown debuts. You can read more here at their site.
While the original effort was focused on sending waffles in emulation of the successful effort with nuts for the TV show Jericho, the group also says that the messsage can include postcards, donations to charity or anything else that can communicate fan support for Stephanie Brown.
I’m going to support this initiative. As I said over a year ago the fact they managed to jam four former Robins into their current timeline but jettisoned both Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain (though she’s rumored to be in Batman, Inc. I’ll believe that when I see it) as former Batgirls is one of the clearest examples of how the DC reboot treated female characters vs. male characters.
I also know that efforts have been made to include Stephanie Brown in the new 52. And my understanding is they aren’t going anywhere soon.
And now some waffle moments with Stephanie Brown.
I’m putting together some posts on why Cassandra Cain/Stephanie Brown or Barbara Gordon/Dinah Lance should win Galentines and looking for contributions and thoughts about why one of the other should be name Bestest Friends in DC Comics! More here!
art by Joe Pekar and Krystal Beisick
The Source, DC’s Blog just posted the preview for Leviathan Strikes and it includes some confusing images and language. The preview shows the Batboys in their pre-52 outfits.
And the preview has Grant Morrison stating:
See the last hurrah of Stephanie Brown as Batgirl, in a sinister school for suicide spy girls! Find out what caused the Batman and Robin team to split! And witness the unmasking of Leviathan in a shocking final page twist that sets up 2012’s BATMAN: LEVIATHAN, the epic concluding act of a Batman story six years in the making! With guest appearances by Batwing, Red Robin, the Hood, the Outsiders and more!”
So Stephanie Brown is Batgirl here? That’s interesting. Because Cameron Stewart at one point thought he was drawing her as Spoiler. At least I assume that’s why he was asking for reference shots of Stephanie Brown as Spoiler on the Twitter a few months ago.
And while the original solict had Stephanie as Batgirl (including her in costume on the cover). But then there was this from the solicit in September:
Batman and Spoiler team to face the School of Night
So is she Batgirl in this? Is she Spoiler?
Does Batman make her go back to being Spoiler? Did they just decide to ignore the 52 and set the whole issue in the past? UPDATE: Yes that exactly what they did per Chris Burnham:
There was a week in the middle of production when we thought we were going to massage the story into the new 52 continuity. Saner heads prevailed!
UPDATE: And Cameron Stewart said:
…it’s a long story which involved me having to do some redrawing. This is set pre-reboot. Preboot?
This was one of the stickier wickets to navigate in the move from one continuity to another, a continuity where Stephanie Brown has yet to even be seen or mentioned, so it will be interesting to see what’s been done.
Also let’s hope the “and more” on the guest appearances includes Black Bat. Morrison did say “certainly” when asked if she’d be appearing in the new DCU.
We’ll know more on Wednesday.
We are down to just four women and three matches. To help people make their choices I’ve brought in some guest posters to plead the case for each of the Final Four to be name “The most Kick-Ass Woman in DC Comics.”
The case for Stephanie Brown is by Jessica Plummer. Her thoughts follow.
Here’s a glimpse as Stephanie Brown in the upcoming Batman, Inc. double issue Leviathan Strikes via Cameron Stewart’s Twitter feed yesterday:
That English boarding school sure looks unfriendly. Maybe that’s why Bats had to slug one on the original cover for Batman, Inc. in which this story was to appear. Stephanie is now Spoiler in the story.