Cassandra Cain was the daughter of two of Batman's most formidable foes, Cain and Lady Shiva. Raised to be an assassin, young Cassandra was never spoken to, forcing her to learn to read body language as her only means of communication. Her body reading talents were so precise she could anticipate how a person would move before they did. As a small child she was force to kill a man and the horror made her run away. Years later she would find a home with former Batgirl Barbara Gordon. Cassandra eventually took on her mentor's identity as Batgirl. Slowly learning to speak and read, Cassandra eventually became Batman's trusted partner and she assumed a new identity as Black Bat (modifying her full face cowl into a sleek domino mask). In new 52 timeline, Cassandra is Black Bat, a trusted agent of a future Barbara Gordon.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Comparing the DC Universe with the New 52 part 2: Former Robins and other Batman-sidekicks
In the previous post I explored the changes that happened when the new 52 reboot affected the history of the Robin legacy. Lets look at what changed when Robins became new heroes in the DC and new 52 continuities, and check in on the other Batman sidekicks.
Barbara Gordon designed her own gray,blue, and yellow version of Batman's costume to wear to a Halloween party, but when it party was attacked by a costumed villain she charged into action as Batgirl. Barbara's accidental foray into the life of a costumed crimefighter left her wanting more, and she began to slip out every night in her costume to prowl the city. Batman tried to stop her at first, but her determination won him over and he trained Batgirl part of his team. In the new 52 history, Barbara was visiting her father at the police station where the Gotham City police had made a mock up of Batman's body armor to try and figure out how Batman's tech worked. When the station was attacked by a serial killer, Barbara put on the make-shift Batman armor to defeat the killer. Batman had arrived on the scene just in time see her take down the criminal and was impressed by her actions. Unlike previous history Batman encouraged her vigilante persona of Batgirl. Barbara was then given a costume that combined elements of Batman's costume and Robin's costume and she began her crime-fighting career.
Stephanie Brown was the daughter of a wannabe super-villain called the Cluemaster. Creating a costume for herself to hide her identity, she set out to spoil his plans and stop him from committing crime. Stephanie realized she had a knack for crime-fighting and continued using her costume as the Spoiler. Her exploits led her to become friends with Tim Drake in his Robin persona. He helped to train her and improve on her skills. This later resulted in the two heroes falling in love with each other. Spoiler's talents made her valuable enough that when Tim Drake briefly stopped being Robin, Batman allowed her to replace him as Robin in the interim. When Tim reclaimed his Role as Robin, Stephanie resumed her role as Spoiler. Later Barbara Gordon helped train Spoiler to become the new Batgirl. In new 52 history, Stephanie appears as Spoiler, claiming to have info on a gang war. Her costume incorporates aspects from her original Spoiler costume, along with her pre-52 Batgirl costume.