renaroo:

Batgirl (2000-2006) #53

"It’s okay, Melanie… It’s all okay…"

This is another scene that’s interesting to examine in how Steph and Cass play off of each other in team-ups.

Both are pissed that this little girl has been used by criminals and are ready to spring into action accordingly. And while they’re taking down the criminals in the room, Steph is by far the angriest and most fixated on beating up the villains.

Cass, on the other hand, immediately goes after the girl when she takes off. Her concentration is almost always on the victims. This both plays into previous examples where Cass has concentrated on victims (especially children) but also a bit of Cass’ mentality when compared to Steph in general.

Steph is a survivor who wants to prevent others from others from being victimized by the life of crime others have chosen. But she’s still got lots of anger and unresolved feelings in regards to her father putting her through those things to begin with that effects her in crime fighting. She is still, at least subconsciously, taking out her aggression toward the perpetrators.

Cass, while also an abuse survivor, is not spurred by her resentment toward crime itself. She is motivated by redemption and preserving life over all else. She’s a natural protector and sets out to save victims and possible victims. While she gets angry and sometimes even ruthless against opponents who commit such crimes, she is no more or less angry at them or sees an impossibility in their redemption. It’s why she concentrates on protection first and foremost.

But despite those differences, and they can be vast at times, they are both fighting for the same goal. And they both of strengths the other doesn’t. Cass might be the greater fighter and in more control of herself, but Steph is by far more accessible to the people they want to help. She can reach out to them in ways Cass can’t.

It’s why they work well together.

duss005:

the actual last page to Batman 28 before we made some changes to it. we kept her hair color the same this time around, though.

duss005:

the actual last page to Batman 28 before we made some changes to it. we kept her hair color the same this time around, though.

daggerpen:

Stephanie was my friend. That sounds so… dumb. But I never had one before.

renaroo:

Batgirl (2000-2006) #28

"So. See ya. We now return you to your regularly scheduled secret freaky ninja training."

This hurts my heart so much. UGH. If only Cass knew how to express what she’s feeling to Steph, let her know how much their friendship and training has meant to her.

Gets me, man. Gets me.

If we claim that part of the reason we wanted Stephanie Brown in the New 52 was in order to increase the diversity that was lost to editorial edict in the reboot, or that we wanted her back in part to address the ludicrous claim that three Batgirls must be reduced to one for simplicity’s sake but four Robins is perfectly accessible, then it would be the height of hypocrisy to sit back and relax now that Spoiler is back, when Cassandra Cain is still benched.

The Batfamily Reunited This Week, Except for One: Let’s Not Forget Batgirl Cassandra Cain (via themarysue)

I don’t know anyone who didn’t  go Yes, now what about Cass. Maybe I just have a very select group of friends, but I’d like to believe we’re all rooting for her.

(via saphire-dance)

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever met a Steph fan who isn’t also a Cass fan. I have, however, met a number of Cass fans who are definitely not Steph fans. I personall just associate the two of them so strongly with each other that I really can’t imagine them not both being around.

(via wombatking)

Honestly, I completely understand Cass fans resenting Steph. The way the Batgirl mantle was handed over really sucked. That’s not Stephanie’s fault, but in the end she was still used to replace and erase a disabled hero of colour. Even if said hero was her best friend. 

That doesn’t mean bashing Steph is okay - if you call her a dumb bitch who deserved to die, you’re still an asshole. But there’s nothing wrong with preferring Cass, or being bitter about the entire situation.

And I’ve definitely seen Steph fans you don’t really consider Cass’s part in the legacy, or who only mention her as an adjunct to Steph. 

(via shobogan)

shobogan:

thebestbatgirl:

glameoweatsyourface:

I’m sorry,but bringing a superhero who’s a WOC with a learning disability (assuming they actually kept that part when they bring her back) back into the DCU is more important than bringing back another white neurotypical girl. There’s no reason why both shouldn’t be able to come back, but there’s also no reason why a company full of white super heroines needs to add another white super heroine instead of an east asian super heroine.

My thoughts exactly.

Yeah.

This isn’t to say Stephanie isn’t important; she’s a lower class abuse survivor, she’s the daughter of a criminal, she makes herself a hero. We need that, too.

But they just killed off the only member of the Batfam who was consistently a POC. (I don’t want to erase Dick’s heritage, but let’s be real - DC does it on its own.)

The fact that they’re bringing Stephanie back before Cass - the first person to inherit the Batgirl legacy, the headliner of her own book for over seventy issues - says a lot, and it ain’t pretty.

this is So Important. i feel like there’s many of us who may feel like Steph revived Batgirl in her solo series, and that line of thinking totally erases Cass’s time as Batgirl. Which she was for a long time.

i feel like some of this fandom who are more recent fans, such as myself, who were never reading comics when Cass was still Batgirl (her series ended in 2006, four whole years before I even started looking at comics), see Stephanie as the essential defining Batgirl of recent years. But????? It was Cass who redefined Batgirl, not Steph. Stephanie is a third generation legacy character: Babs and Cass came before her.

stephanie brown is not The Most Important batgirl, and i heavily resent the implication that getting her back into comics is more important than restoring Cass Cain to her real family.

you’ll go away, but you’ll come back someday [x]

spookilystephaniebrown:

Dazzling DC Ladies Month: Stephanie Brown/Batgirl/Robin/Spoiler


"A guy asked me a question the other day… about why people run when things get tough. That’s easy—you can become someone else, wherever you land, right? Who’s gonna know the difference? So why stay? Why set yourself up for more failure? For more pain? Also easy—because we don’t know how to do anything else. So why stay? Why open yourself up to all the bad you’ve tried to leave behind? The only variable you can control is yourself. You can forget who you are, or you can be who you want to be. That’s why you stay. You stay for a second chance.”

spookilystephaniebrown:

Dazzling DC Ladies Month: Stephanie Brown/Batgirl/Robin/Spoiler

"A guy asked me a question the other day… about why people run when things get tough. That’s easy—you can become someone else, wherever you land, right? Who’s gonna know the difference? So why stay? Why set yourself up for more failure? For more pain? Also easy—because we don’t know how to do anything else. So why stay? Why open yourself up to all the bad you’ve tried to leave behind? The only variable you can control is yourself. You can forget who you are, or you can be who you want to be. That’s why you stay. You stay for a second chance.”

shoboogan:

Stephanie was my friend. That sounds…dumb. But I never had on before. Really. When I was little, my playmates were assassins - brought in to…test me. They weren’t allowed to speak. Only fight.

Then I…ran away. Kept moving so he couldn’t find me. But Batman did. He and Oracle…cared for me. Gave me a purpose. A reason. But they’re not friends. More…family.

Stephanie was…I, uh, I…can’t talk about her, now. Is that…normal?

kohidrop:

Steph’s return!

kohidrop:

Steph’s return!

ok but i still maintain steph does exist in the new 52. she was in leviathan strikes??? and because damian died in mainstream continuity that means leviathan strikes has to be in mainstream continuity therefore stephanie brown is hanging out in england being batgirl done boom. irrefutable

daggerpen:


{Image Transcripts: A series of four images, two sets of two taken from different sources.

The first two read:

Page One:

Panel One: Bruce Wayne as Batman appears in the window next to Barbara Gordon’s hospital bed, sillhouetted  in all black against the sky, only the symbol on his chest visible. He will remain sillhouetted for the rest of the scene. Babs looks at Bruce in surprise, her face in the foreground.

Barbara (internal monologue) And I have these nightmares, and sometimes, when I wake up, things aren’t much better.

Barbara: Oh!

Batman: Barbara. Didn’t mean to disturb you. I understand you’re going home tomorrow.

Panel Two: The shot changes to see a longer shot of Babs lying in bed. Batman reaches a hand out to her.

Babs: Yes. The doctors tell me I was “lucky.” The Joker was using a doctored bullet. Half the grains of a normal .45. Had he been using a regular bullet, I would’ve been dead before I hit the floor. And he didn’t want that. No, he wanted me alive. Not because I have any intrinsic worth or meaning to him, of course.

Panel Three: Babs pushes Bruce away.

Babs: No. Shooting me.. kidnapping my dad… it was all just a way to get at you.

Panel Four: A close-up shot of Babs’s distraught face.

Babs: Do you understand how humiliating, how deameaning, that is?! My life has no importance save in relation to you! Even as Batgirl! I was perceived just as some weaker version of you!

Panel Five: We see Batman again, who holds his hands up. Babs pulls her arm away from him, furious.

Batman: I caught him, Barbara…

Babs: Oh, yes, I heard about that. I heard how you two stood there, laughing over some private joke.

Panel Six: Babs turns away and rests her head on her pillow.

Babs: Tell me — was it me?

Page Two: 

Panel One: Batman stands over Babs’s bed. She looks on furiously.

Panel Two: Batman turns worldlessly and exits through her window.

Panel Three: Babs rubs the back of her neck. She is unrepenant.

Babs (internal monologue): Good. I hope I’ve hurt him. It’s nothing compared to the pain I’ve felt — or will feel.

The second two read:

Page One:

Panel One: A close-up shot of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. She holds up a Batarang.

Barbara: Don’t make me throw this, Mr. Wayne.

Barbara (internal monlogue): Concussion Batarang. It doesn’t land pretty. We weren’t always close, Batman and I. Not always.

Panel Two: A flashback panel of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, kicking a thug in a ski mask who holds a gun. Batman stands behind her, looking on.

Barbara (internal monologue): He didn’t want another partner and I didn’t want to be another partner. Similar name and wardrobe, sure. But I stood apart. I was Batgirl.

Panel Three: Babs lies in a hospital bed. We view her from at her feet, and we see her father, face sillhouetted, sitting at the foot of her bed and slumbering. Batman cannot yet be seen.

Barbara (internal monologue): Then, on the worst night of my life, after being shot in the spine by the Joker… after losing the ability to walk… after a surgery that haunted my nightmares for a year after… he came to my hospital room.

Panel Four: We see Batman standing over Barbara. Unlike in the previous set, he can be seen clearly, and is not sillhouetted. Babs lies back, rather than sitting up as she does in the previous set.

Barbara (internal monologue): I knew he didn’t think the way the rest of us do. I’d been dreading his visit. God only knows what horrible things he might say.

Panel Five: A close-up on Babs’s face. She still lies back on her pillow and cries.

Barbara (internal monologue): “How did you let this happen, Barbara?” “Didn’t I train you better than this?” “You should never have been Batgirl.” I actually thought he would say those things to me.

Page Two:

Panel One: A close-up of Bruce taking Babs’s hand. He rubs one finger gentrly across her wrist and cradles her fingers with his other hand.

Barbara (internal monologue): But… he didn’t say any of that. He didn’t say anything.

Panel Two: Bruce closes his other hand over Barbara’s.

Barbara (internal monologue): He just stood there, holding my hand.

Panel Three: A close-up of Babs’s belt as she puts away her Batarang.

Barbara (internal monologue): No. I’m not going to throw this at you, Bruce. I can’t.}

Before and after the reboot: a study in contrasts.

Seriously, look at these two scenes. The utter difference in Babs’s behavior in both of them.

In the first scan, she’s angry, and rightfully so. She calls out the fridging of the Killing Joke explicitly, talking about how humiliating and degrading it is. She frames the iconic ending of TKJ through her lenses, showing us how Bruce and Joker laughing together after it all must have looked. She lashes out at Bruce verbally, and rejects his attempts to reach out to her. When he leaves, she is unrepenant, hoping she’s hurt him. If her father is in the sequence, we do not see him - this is entirely about Bruce, Babs, and Babs’s righteous fury at her fridging.

In the second sequence, Babs is… incredibly passive. Her anger at Bruce is gone, and indeed, all of her thoughts blame herself - thinking about how Bruce might attack her, what Bruce might say to her, how she was at fault. This type of victim self-blaming is not in and of itself problematic, as self-blaming after a traumatic incident like this is fairly common, but compared to the scene in Oracle: Year One, it’s frustrating in that it turns Batman from a target of righteous anger and an equal to Babs into a paternalistic figure, believed to be coming to administer a scolding but in reality coming to comfort the passive Babs.

Furthermore, in the first sequence, Babs is incredibly active. She reacts in almost every panel. When she sees Bruce, she sits up to put herself on his level. When he reaches out to her, she physically pulls away, and in fact completely turns away from him. Her expressions change, showing her mix of grief and fury. And verbally, she lashes out at him, as mentioned above.

In the second sequence, however, she lays in bed the entire time, crying. She says nothing, though neither does Bruce, in this version. But at no point in time does she react. Her expression doesn’t change aside from the tears in her eyes. She doesn’t even close her fingers when Bruce takes her hand.

In the first sequence, she is an active agent, speaking out against her own fridging, addressing Bruce as an equal and rejecting him when he reaches for her. In the second sequence, she is the passive recipient of Bruce’s paternalistic affections, watched over by two male figures, her father in the corner and Bruce at her side, the entire time.

Just a note as well - the scene with Batman and a young girl in the hospital, whose injuries he feels responsible for. She’s in pain. He takes her hand.

This may not necessarily be on purpose, but it is painfully reminiscent of another young hero’s “last” moments, with Bruce in a hospital. That scene, although Stephanie’s fridging was in many ways even worse than Babs’s, had FAR more weight and power and emotion than this one does. And the version of this scene here seems like a hollow little joke once again pointing out (#1) that Steph is long-gone and (#2) Batladies are, apparently, interchangeable.

jaq-frost:

It’s The Powerpuff Robins! (actually they look a little more P&SwG but I tried)

jaq-frost:


It’s The Powerpuff Robins! (actually they look a little more P&SwG but I tried)

honeycrackle:

Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain!
Line is from Jenna Marbles on Girl Crushes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylVlkv1el3Q

honeycrackle:

Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain!

Line is from Jenna Marbles on Girl Crushes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylVlkv1el3Q

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