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.
Goddammit….I HATE April 1st.
The only thing that actually gave it away was them changing the title to ‘Batman’s Girl,’ which says a lot about the sad state of affairs over at DC that this actually has a chance of happening.
I still say the ship name for DickxBabs should be Acrobats
Does Dick have no friends outside Barbara in this continuity? I’ve been wondering for a while, because it sure looks like he doesn’t. I don’t have anything against Dick and Barbara as friends (that’s how I like them best tbh) but…? I just saw that Nightwing #18 cover, and just—
the idea that Dick doesn’t HAVE any other friends is super ridiculous.
Now, every single one of those friendships is gone. Take a look at all the people in those pictures, and just take a moment to realize that Dick and Babs do not have friendships with any of those people in the DCnU. Not even the ones who still exist. (And don’t tell me that Babs and Dinah are still friends, because that’s not even the same Dinah. The Dinah Lance who was Barbara’s best friend doesn’t even exist anymore.)
I’ve said it before, but I feel like it almost pushes them back into the position of being “Bruce’s sidekicks”. Before the reboot, both of them had very much created independent lives for themselves, as adults. They’d led their own teams. They’d mentored the younger Batkids, and other younger heroes as well. They had tons of important people in their lives who had nothing to do with Bruce, or even the Batfamily. Now… they have none of that, really. Dick did not found or lead the original Teen Titans. Babs did not found or lead the Birds of Prey. Neither of them seems to have mentored any of the successive Robins or Batgirls, or any of the younger heroes, with the possible exception of Dick and Damian. Neither of them seems to have the strong older-sibling relationship with any of the younger Batkids that they had prior to the reboot.
No, all they have is Bruce. And each other. They don’t have their friends, they don’t have the history they made them who they were, and above all, they don’t have their independence.
And yeah, that’s a pretty freakin’ huge regression in my eyes.
ACROBATS IS CANON