Stephanie Brown dropped from Smallville comic?
Bleeding Cool is reporting that a source at SDCC has said that Stephanie Brown has been dropped from the Smallville comic and replaced with Barbara Gordon.
DC Comics revealed in June that Stephanie Brown, the character who has been known as Spoiler, Robin and Batgirl, would join the comic as a female Nightwing in the comic which is a continuation of the television show Smallville.
The character has long been a flash point for fans. Her death and treatment inspired the creation of Girl-wonder.org. The character was then brought back from the dead to become the third Batgirl in a series that ran for 24 issues. When DC rebooted their universe last year, the character was first declared as “benched” along with the Cassandra Cain.
The response to her joining Smallville was positive and led to the fan initiative “Waffles for Stephanie” which was to support the return of the character to the new52 where DC Editorial has said they have no current plans for her.
If this is true, and given DC’s treatment of the character it would not surprise me in the least, it will sadly indicate that the non-use of the character isn’t just “story issues” but that there is problem with the character within DC editorial. I’ll note that the character has also, apparently from Tweets and posts by Gail Simone, been pitched as part of a team book that was passed on.
And recently Scott Snyder spoke about the characters to IGN
SNYDER: What I would clarify is that I promise you, as soon as Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown are characters that are okay to reintroduce, that have stories that Warner Bros. and DC want to use, I’ll be the first person to write them. I loved writing Cassandra Cain in Gates of Gotham, and Stephanie Brown in Bryan Miller’s Batgirl was one of my absolute favorite series. I adore them as much as you do, but those decisions are just above my pay grade. I don’t know what else to tell you.
So it would seem that Stephanie Brown is apparently not okay anywhere in the DC Universe even to the point that she’ll be forklifted out of an announced appearances in comics.
And here I thought SDCC was going to be so much calmer than last year.