Hi I’ve got opinions about how the reboot has been handling my girl.
I’ve been enjoying Detective Comics for the most part, but I’ve been frustrated with Stephanie Brown’s role in them for a while. And I think I’ve finally put my finger on it.
Special thanks to @renaroo for all her help finding panels and issue numbers!
Below the cut is 2k of screaming and panels.
A very interesting post on the problems with the development of Stephanie Brown’s character throughout the years.
I know I mostly complain about the things DC has been doing to Barbara Gordon, but there are a lot of things they do to their other female characters that bug me a lot. For instance, I really dislike how Dinah Lance and Helena Bertinelli are being written in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. It’s very disappointing to see that the recent narratives of DC’s female characters are actually moving backwards. As @secretlystephaniebrown puts it, when we talk about the women from the bat family,
Steph is younger than she was in preboot and less competent. So are Barbara Gordon and Cass. The Batboys have gotten to grow up and improve. The Batgirls were forced backwards in both age and ability, and yet were older when they started their superhero careers, making them inherently less experienced then their male counterparts.
Part of it is, of course, DC’s refusal to let the Batgirls move forward in the status quo. Babs can’t become Oracle again, Cass can’t become Batgirl, and Steph can’t be Robin or Batgirl. The Batgirls (and Harper) are all now around the same age, and their relationships have been completely and utterly decimated by the retcons and reboots. Steph and Cass aren’t best friends, Babs isn’t a mentor to either Steph or Cass. Steph’s relationship with Bruce is no longer the complicated beast that it was pre-Flashpoint, she still hasn’t met Damian and established their bond, and her first interaction with Dick was an aggravatingly airheaded “kiss me sexy Batman”.
This is a very serious matter. What exactly is happening to the creative decisions involved in the stories of female characters? We know it isn’t a simple problem of men-not-knowing-how-to-write-women, since the example Batgirl and the Birds of Prey is a title written by women.
It really saddens me that we are moving backwards. What we need is not the mere existence of female characters, even if they’ll be written with carelessness. What we need are female characters written with care, with stories as complex as those of male characters. We are in dire need of actual good creative teams.
I know that I have been posting things other than quotes, but I think all of these discussions are truly important.