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maxisanacorn ([personal profile] maxisanacorn) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2011-06-07 23:41

About the new Batgirl book: A Scan From Batman: The Return

Being a big fan of Stephanie Brown, I've been in a bit of a state of despair, but then I saw this panel on tumblr, wondering what people thought.

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmfpz5FppC1qd6q84.jpg

It's pretty blatant..." Here's a program that will enable you to "use your legs" again, and yet they haven't shown anything about it, per se - UNTIL a few months later BAM we have an image of Babs in the batsuit on the cover of a book. And here Bruce saying she can customize it however she wants, so, it doesn't have to look like the picture hence why her Batgirl costume on the released cover is different, but has some of the same..piping and look. What do you think? Do you think this new Batgirl book will actually be about Digital!Babs being Bruce's ghost in the machine and DC has taken the opportunity of her returning to "action" from being Oracle took the opportunity to over hype it as her "grand return" when it's not as...rebooty as one might think, just a new role for Barbara Gordon and a return to action.

Gail Simone has been rather outspoken about the response to the news, and there are times it seems it is indeed a true reboot given her comments, but then, there are times certain comments seem like they are trying to assuage fears but editorially not give too much information away as to pop the media bubble since it's getting LOTS of media attention. Part of me can't decide if I'm frustrated with her or am incredibly sympathetic for she now having to deal with the concerns of Stephanie and Casandra and backlash from Disability groups while still sitting on full details she can't reveal. She seems stuck between a rock and a hard place with it and has to kind of...censor what she says until she can say more?

What do you think? Why would Morrison have this if it was not going to be used? Is this just DC being extremely sneaky in advertising and by looks of it, getting exactly the result they wanted.

Thoughts? I'd hate to think this concept was scrapped so quickly, why else would they include it?

[identity profile] looking2dastars.livejournal.com 2011-06-08 04:09 (UTC)(link)
I'm thinking everyone protesting Batgirl #1 is just adding fuel to the hype train.

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[personal profile] heckfire 2011-06-08 08:26 (UTC)(link)
I'm inclined to agree.
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[personal profile] shadowpsykie 2011-06-08 04:10 (UTC)(link)
a recent tweet said she sees no reason why Steph and Cass would no longer be in the universe, or used by DC....
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[personal profile] jaybee3 2011-06-08 04:33 (UTC)(link)
Yeah, but there was "no reason" Cassandra Cain couldn't be used anytime between Battle for the Cowl and The Return of Bruce Wayne (what with the"big plans in 2010" B.S.) and instead there seemed to be a concerted effort to bury her for over a year and pretend she never existed. So even if Cass and Steph still "exist" in this retconned/rebooted world I have zero confidence in DC using them unless they are in one of the few books left to be announced (I am still confident Tim will be, at least) - and I don't think they will be.

Dan Didio has wanted Babs back as Batgirl for years, they almost did it during Oracle:The Cure, they were PLANNING it even while the Beechan Cass Cain mini-series was still being printed. When Steph became Batgirl, there was an ALMOST universal black-out on the Batgirl who existed between her and Babs (even said Batgirl was Steph's BFF and Oracle's ward-of-sorts), why should DC be any different here and pretend the Steph/Cass Batgirls never existed either?

And yes, I am very bitter about this, sorry...it just seems we've gone through this before.
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[personal profile] mrstatham 2011-06-08 10:52 (UTC)(link)
And there's that thing again - 'Gail said'. We're all tending to accept what she says at face value because she's a 'nicer' creator, frankly. I sure as hell trusted her when she said that Barbara Gordon wouldn't take a JLA quick-fix on her legs or anything along those lines as long as the technology wasn't available to others outside the superhero community, and.. Well. Go figure.

[identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com 2011-06-08 13:08 (UTC)(link)
With due respect, while I agree that Gail's word is questionable, I think that's just the nature of the business.

Gail's a professional. And professionals don't air office politics, they answer to their superiors and toe the company line.

While I've always found Gail to be respectful online, but at the end of the day, DC pays her. And it's to them that she owes her loyalty to. Just because she has a generalized complaint about comics at large, doesn't mean we should really expect her to speak out against her bosses.
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[personal profile] mrstatham 2011-06-08 15:28 (UTC)(link)
No, no, I understand that, but at the same time, I've still lost respect for her with this Batgirl thing. Her stance on Barbara Gordon, for instance was exactly what I've stated - That Barbara wouldn't get her legs fixed until the procedures that did it were available to the DCU's public as a whole. And we can almost guarantee that won't be the case here. We're not going to see a whole load of disabled people walking again.

She's also spoken out against her bosses before, frankly, on a number of issues - One of the most recent ones being Didio's comment about Bane, and moving him away from what Simone has been depicting him as - Which she clearly wasn't too impressed by. I personally think she likes that she's a little more in touch with the fanbase than most DC creators are, but at the same time, because although it puts her in touch with the people who like her work, it also allows her to cover her back if necessary.

I've never bought her arguments that she wanted to put Cass in the book - To me, that's just her appeasing fans by saying she did her best.
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[personal profile] tripoli 2011-06-08 04:22 (UTC)(link)
I'm not putting any money down on what it'll mean in the fall, but yeah, I thought of this when I saw the Batgirl cover too.
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[personal profile] tripoli 2011-06-08 05:19 (UTC)(link)
In my limited experience, taking comics hype at face value seems like a short path to misery, but this week hasn't made it easy to avoid.
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[personal profile] icon_uk 2011-06-08 10:36 (UTC)(link)
"Batman: The Return" also featured the request from Bruce for Dick and Damian to stay together as Batman and Robin in Gotham, and look at how quickly THAT'S being dissolved....
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[personal profile] kenn_el 2011-06-08 15:31 (UTC)(link)
They DID stay together, though. Supposedly there are reasons for the retooling which might be given when the books launch: either resetting the universe or adding some event that changes things, to explain why what we're seeing advances of occurred. OTOH, it could just be change for the sake of change and a marketing strategy. Then, again, I'm all for a mobile Barbara, and a non-Batman Dick, so I'm cautiously optimistic.
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[personal profile] icon_uk 2011-06-08 15:47 (UTC)(link)
Apparently the murder of Ryan Choi's Atom, and the reason for Deathstrokes Titans team even existing was all part of a plan which they just haven't got around to explaining even NOW, so DC's ability to play the long game fails to excite me.

Whilst I like the idea of Dick as Nightwing too (weird red lenses to one side), the reason for Dick leaving his role, not so much Batman, as Damian's mentor and foil had better be bloody damn SPECTACULAR to be worth the loss of their dynamic, because I can't see Bruce and Damian being remotely as interesting as they currently stand. Unfortunately, powerful emotional beats have been where Morrison's Bat-run has been sorely, solrey lacking IMHO. A lot of bang, a lot of flash, but very little in the way of heart.
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[personal profile] mullon 2011-06-08 04:31 (UTC)(link)
I've decided to ignore everything on the internet until August and just cautiously hang around Marvel, whose pile of crap is more managable.
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[personal profile] golden_orange 2011-06-08 05:09 (UTC)(link)
I'm not 100% sure on this, to be honest. On one hand, it allows DC to put Barbara in the 'Batgirl' role while still downplaying the negative implications of taking a fairly high-profile wheelchair-bound character and 'curing' her. On the other hand, to me it kind of smacks of a 'having your cake and eating it too' solution which has the potential to backfire, and the whole 'partial' retcon thing never seems like it works in the long run; trying to please everyone usually ends up pleasing no one.

I can't help but wonder whether, if they are absolutely determined to make Barbara Batgirl again, it might not be better just to quickly pull the Band Aid right off, so to speak, and do a full retcon rather than pulling it off in increments; either way's going to hurt, but the first option gets the pain over right away while the second option just makes it last longer.
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[personal profile] shanejayell 2011-06-08 05:34 (UTC)(link)
I HOPE this is the direction DC is taking, but I'm not holding my breath.
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[personal profile] silverzeo 2011-06-08 06:04 (UTC)(link)
Wait.... England Bordering School... like Barb's story from the Batman and Robin movie?
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[personal profile] mrstatham 2011-06-08 10:57 (UTC)(link)
No, the English Boarding School was/is a plot point in an upcoming issue of Batman Inc that Morrison is writing, and it ties in with the issue of Batgirl meeting Squire of the Knight and Squire pairing that's coming up shortly.
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[personal profile] thehefner 2011-06-08 06:40 (UTC)(link)
So... it's going to be Babs as "Batgirl" in Tron?
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[personal profile] icon_uk 2011-06-08 10:37 (UTC)(link)
That certainly seems to be the vibe that they were going for... though limiting ones cyber-existence in a virtual world to a basic human avatar when there's no need to, seems approaching the perverse.
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[personal profile] jarodrussell 2011-06-08 13:29 (UTC)(link)
Which is why Tr2n sucked so hard. The greatest hacker on the planet has been locked in a computer for 900-ish years subjectively with access to his base code and he makes no modifications to himself, doesn't even add in a threading module for multitasking.

Then again, that's pretty much what happened to Oracle. The greatest hacker on the planet in infected with a nano-virus capable to reproduction and regeneration, she has a copy of its source code in her photographic memory, and only thing she decides to do is have it yanked out.

Epic fail * 2.
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[personal profile] sharky_chan 2011-06-08 22:12 (UTC)(link)
Well, not to jump back on my "generally speaking, comic and movie creators know nothing about science and technology and never fail to make it boring" rant, but...generally speaking, comic and movie creators know nothing about science and technology and never fail to make it boring ^^;;.
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[personal profile] eyz 2011-06-08 09:52 (UTC)(link)
I sure hope so...And also that we'll have a book called Batgirl where we'll be able to follow both Steph and Cass...
...yeah...
..right..

:(
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[personal profile] angelophile 2011-06-08 10:48 (UTC)(link)
How do you explain Gail's line in the blurb about the book about how the citizens of Gotham will be able to "look up and see Batgirl"? (Because Cass and Steph don't count, apparently.)
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[personal profile] mrstatham 2011-06-08 10:59 (UTC)(link)
I don't think DC have any intention of following Morrison's Internet 3.0 idea for Babs. The costume design for that cover is plainly different than what's displayed on that page, and I doubt Gail would want to be limited by something else another writer's laid down.
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[personal profile] grimmbear 2011-06-08 14:03 (UTC)(link)
Maybe she is hinting that there will still BE a Batgirl they can look up and see (Steph) but the real brains of the Batgirl unit is Babs.
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[personal profile] angelophile 2011-06-08 15:29 (UTC)(link)
Really?
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[personal profile] jarodrussell 2011-06-08 13:05 (UTC)(link)
"I'm not convinced that taking Oracle out of the chair due to magic is really what that corner of the DCU is about." - Gail Simone

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Auther C. Clarke

I'll let you figure out how I feel from those two quotes, although knowing SD it'll end up probably being a question about why I hate Oracle.
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[personal profile] mrstatham 2011-06-08 15:33 (UTC)(link)
This is my reason for not trusting a word Simone says anymore. The first chance she's got properly, she's jumped aboard a book with a concept that she's spoken out against in the past. Whilst it may be a case of handling a bad concept so other people can't screw it up worse, it's still going against what she said in the past.

She declared that Oracle shouldn't and wouldn't, from her perspective, get out of the chair until whatever does it is available to the DCU at large. This goes against that entirely.
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[personal profile] jarodrussell 2011-06-08 15:45 (UTC)(link)
Gail Simone successfully trades on the superficiality and short-term memory of her audience. This time, in particular, she talks about how "thrilling that a generation of comics readers will be experiencing [Barbara Gordon leaping, fighting, and swinging over Gotham] for the first time," yes back in February she was talking about the four year old paralyzed nephew of someone she consults with who "says he's going to grow up to be, 'Mr. Oracle.'"

So, yeah, the next generation gets to get excited about Batgirl "leaping, fighting, and swinging over Gotham," but what does "Mr. Oracle" get out of the deal?
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[personal profile] grimmbear 2011-06-08 14:01 (UTC)(link)
What you say makes sense. Babs as a digital invader/ICE kind of program and Steph as the "real world" counterpart. Even if they keep Black Bat (we need to get used to the name) out of the mix it works and doesn't invalidate all the character growth of Oracle.
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[personal profile] kenn_el 2011-06-08 15:34 (UTC)(link)
Steph can be 'Spoiled Bat'!