The doors have barely closed on WonderCon but the news keeps coming. And it is big news. This morning reports are emerging that as part of Bruce Wayne’s grieving process he will soon embark on a romance with another member of the Batfamily - Batgirl.
According to an insider:
“After bringing Superman and Wonder Woman together and seeing the interest (and controversy), it only made sense to put Batman into a high profile “superstar” relationship with a female character. The sense is that Catwoman has run her course as a romantic partner. Given their history and the upcoming shared appearance of the duo, DC realized it would be foolish not to explore a “Bat-Romance” between Batman and Batgirl.”
In comics the two characters have traditionally been co-workers with Batgirl instead being romantically linked with Dick Grayson, the first of the Robins. That relationship, one of the most popular in DC history, included an engagement in the pre-52 universe. Modern day Batman has been romantically involved with a variety of non-Bat characters including Talia al Ghul, Vicki Vale and Catwoman. There is some precedence for the relationship in in the DC Animated Universe, where there was a suggestion of a relationship in Batman Beyond.
This relationship between Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon will, however, “not be ambiguous” according to the report this morning:
“This won’t be fleeting glances or one date. This will be a full-on relationship that could end up with Barbara moving in with Bruce and starting their own family. The relationship will impact the entire extended Batman cast. Dick, Tim, Alfred and Jim Gordon will all have very different reactions to the relationship. The repercussions will be felt through all the Batbooks and will change how readers view both Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon.”
Readers can expect to see the start of the relationship in July issues with it moving very quickly to a “significant moment” in August. One controversial aspect of the relationship will be the changes to the Batgirl book including having the title changed to “Batman’s Girl” later in the year.
“Batgirl will still have her own adventures but they will be complicated and dominated by this new relationship and make her wonder whether it is time once again time to hang up her tights and start making “Bat-babies.”
Er, what? So why are they doing this?
“While the Kathy Kane/Batwoman relationship is mocked as Silver Age silliness, there are still alot of readers who remember those Silver Age comics with fondness. The current Batwoman is obviously not an option, but Batgirl is single, and in the new 52, much closer to Bruce’s age. The idea of two young, beautiful people in Bat-suits in love, and intimately expressing that love, is sure to sell.”
My thoughts? This is an incredibly foolish thing for DC to do. Batgirl is their top selling female-led book. The character deserves her own relationship not one in the shadow of the biggest character at DC Comics. While the Catwoman and Batman relationship hasn’t been well written in the new 52 (outside of few panels in Worlds’ Finest) the potential is still there for it to be an interesting one. What a joke.
What do you think? You can read more at this story here.
Excuse me a moment…
You what DC? You what?
No. No. No.
You bastards. You…freakin’…stop. Just. STOP.
Who is in charge? Stop it. Right Now.
Do you know how fucked up that was in Batman Beyond? It’s so wrong. Stop it.
And April Fools indeed.
May I just point out that in the previous issue Clark asked Dick to take Damian and go so he and Bruce could have some privacy, but they’re up there spying and omg it’s really cute and sad help.
<Mumbles to self that she has to start reading this series, because it sounds a lot like Kingdom Come Earth-22…and she loves Kingdom Come…>
Even Bruce’s costume has a lot of Alex Ross influence. Plus Damian is alive, so…yay, finally something to spend money on in comics after months.
It’s a good week for the LADEEZ and let’s start with the book that I’m sure everyone is wondering about.
So will Harper Row become the next Robin? Let’s just say if you put an empty pair of boots on the cover of a comic, it may mean someone could fill them … Just read the issue, you’re going…
Harper Row…Snyder, you came up with this name, so explain this explanation of her character from comic-vine:
A young, punky Gotham City electrical engineer who wants to assist Batman in repayment for protecting her brother and her from an assault, much to Batman’s frustration.
Punky? Is her last name Brewster? This gif please:
If she becomes Robin, I’m done. That’s it. I thought the Bat-titles were above this. If you were going to bring in a female Robin, what is wrong with Steph? Seriously. What are you people thinking?
Nope. This reboot is completely non-canon. If she becomes “Robin” Harper is not really a Robin. Carrie Kelly is elseworlds. I think this “Row” (ooh, she’s dangerous. Look at her name.) should be too…or not really Robin at all.
And don’t you dare let her wear Damian’s boots…or give her his animals…in fact, please don’t let her be Robin at all.
(I would like to nominate Hit-girl for that position instead, makes a lot more sense.)
A new story of how Batman came to be will told in an 11 issue arc starting in June. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo will show, according to AP, “how Batman found his calling and what challenges he faced when first donning the costume of the Dark Knight.” The story of Bruce Wayne’s parents dying will not change. Snyder also said the story will not be taking apart Batman Year One by Frank Miller.
Snyder state, “It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in the New 52.” “It builds up the mythology.”
Is anyone else but me both annoyed and filled with unexplained rage every time they announce yet another important comic book storyline being re-written to fit in with the blasted New 52?
Seriously DC, if you wanted to really piss me off, mission was accoplished about a year ago. Can we have the DCU back now?
(Day 541 of the DC reboot continuing to both disappoint and anger me…)
I find it so immensely fucked up that so many superheroes have lived long past their supposed “legacies”, sidekicks, and children. And I’m not just talking about Damian Wayne here. I’m talking about every single child or sidekick that has died in any kind of comic. I’m talking about all the Damian Waynes, Lian Harpers, West twins, Arthur Jrs, and Stephanie Browns.
The thing that just makes me upset is that sidekicks and legacies are intended to take the mantle and be the successor, but none of them get to do that and actually grow up. Instead, they die some grisly way just to serve as angst fuel. Do superheroes really need that? Like, especially Batman of all people. Three Robins died under him, just, that is so grossly fucked up. We only see a handful of sidekicks actually grow up and become their own person and you know what? They grow up and end up dying anyways. Arguably, some of them get to come back, but that really doesn’t make it any more ok??
can we stop seeing comic book deaths for a while
I want to see kids grow up, go through awkward puberty, and then become who they’re supposed to be. I want them to experience their first kiss, the anxiety we all suffer from when we’re faced with the terrors of growing up, and I just want to see them live. Just more than anything, I want to see them become their own person.
I get some of these heroes are legacies. Batman, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Superman, Flash etc. But some of these legacies died and their successors did get the chance to shine. Dick Grayson, Wally West, Donna Troy, and Connor Hawke (of course, not limited to them) all have done an amazing job as being their own sort of hero. I enjoyed Dick Grayson as Batman far more than I have ever have with Bruce. That’s not to say that they shouldn’t be their own hero away from their successors, but successors are meant to pass down the mantle. Whether that means Bruce dies (again) and Dick becomes Batman once more, or he stays Nightwing, it’s something that’s supposed to happen. Successors and mentors are supposed to leave it in the hands of their legacies because it’s natural. We don’t get to see that though because they all die or just get get flat out erased from continuity.
And it’s just really, really sad and really fucked up. We end up with dead kids, dead teenagers, and dead adults that should be the next step in heroism.
Can comics just please, please stop using death as a shitty plot device?
The variant cover of the issue that DC has reportedly been urging shop owners to up their orders for was leaked today by the comic shop Comic Crusaders. Batman, Inc. #8 by Grant Morrison was solicited as big issue:
• Everything Grant Morrison has been planning since the start of BATMAN, INCORPORATED leads to this stunning issue!
• You must not miss this one!
Rumors about what might happen in the issue have been circling the comics internet for months - specifically will the issue see the demise of Damian Wayne?
Here’s a link to the cover - warning it is spoileriffic.
Of course covers can often be huge teases. You won’t really know until the issue hits the stands on the 27th although I suspect this one will be leaked before then.
No. Bad Grant Morrison. Bad.
Do not want!
*sorta spoilers below, so don’t read if you didn’t want to look at the cover.*
Don’t you dare. Don’t you dare! This isn’t the eighties, and don’t try it again (…you didn’t even have a vote this time if what is going to happen is what I suspect, because it wouldn’t happen.)
And I’m already protesting whatever “modern teenage brat”, male or female, I suspect will be weaseling their way in. I don’t want them. I want him.
Heart Knight Detectives
Illustrations by Bill Walko
I need more followers. LOL. My posts never get this viral.
Why aren’t more people following the brilliant Mr Walko’s own tumblr?
You can do so [HERE] if you’re not.