Anonymous said: What do you think of the new reboot of Batgirl? Not the Simone one.

I’ll be honest with you, anon, I was already coming into the news of the “reboot” of Batgirl with about as little emotional investment in the title of Batgirl and the character of Barbara Gordon as I have ever had in my entire life. The past three years has really brought me to an unhappy place with two of my former loves, and I find that a sad number on its own.

I think it’s really a sham that everyone keeps calling it a reboot? It’s just a creative team change (they’re not even “restarting” the numbering) — which is huge, but you don’t see the same bombast about the creative team exchange with Wonder Woman or Detective Comics or even the the power houses taking over Superman right now. And while it’s possible that it’s because those titles are still being marketed the same while Batgirl has — shockingly after three years of rebooting the title to begin with — decided to target demographics most likely to be interested in a Batgirl book, at the end of the day it’s about the same level of excitement as any other creative change.

Really, I think the only reason DC is making it such a “huge deal” is to cover up another possible fan outcry considering that Simone is leaving the book due to creative interference by editors. Which literally makes this creative team change up — to me — on the same level of scrutiny and side eying as the Batwoman kerfuffle among other creator walk offs (George freaking Pérez being pretty high on that list all things considering).

The costume’s cute, but Barbara looks to be about 12, and is acting pretty much exactly like one in everything I’ve seen so far. Which is completely alienating to me because the exact reason I like Barbara Gordon (as Batgirl and as Oracle) is because she’s never been the now-traditional age of most female superheroes. She’s always been older than her other “teen” peers and wiser beyond even that age due to the circumstances of her growing up.

That seems it would be even more relevant considering it’s now canon that she’s had a serial killer for a brother making her younger years very unsettling.

And while the costume’s cute, I don’t get everyone patting DC on the back (including the creative team themselves) for designing a “practical Batgirl costume”??? Other than some questionable choices in Elseworlds and statues (looking at you Ame-Comi and Bombshells) which were obviously pervy for the creators, when has Barbara or any other Batgirl been in a truly questionable costume? Ever? Like, yeah, I hate superheroes in heels, but Terry McGinnis has those and he pretty much only uses kicks. And Babs lost those relatively quick her years as Batgirl. So I just don’t get the celebration going on. At all. They’re putting practical clothes on one of the 10 superhero women in their lineup that already had them. Yay?

I try to understand the excitement around the announcement, but I don’t really understand it, to be frank. And while I won’t be buying the “new” Batgirl this fall, it’s not exactly as if I hadn’t given up on Barbara’s Batgirl around issue #15 anyway.

houseblack:

sharpestrose:

shobogan:

twinmachines:

glamour-ghouls:

eaudedaddyissues:

unrelatedly fic writers who have jason say anything bad about talia 

it doesn’t matter how you feel about her, that’s just bad characterization 

#he doesn’t slut-shame either fuck you

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yeah yeah i know that’s not talia but the point still stands

i just always want these panels on my blog so im reblogging

jason todd is really, really not the mouthpiece for your shitty misogynistic opinions! no character is your mouthpiece but man is jason EVER the wrong choice

all of you are perfect

much like jason

There are a lot of pretty bad things you can make Jason do and have him stay character-true. Cause a whole bunch of violent murders. Use words like “gauche” and “stoolie”. Smoke. Etc. But one thing you cannot do and have it ring true is make him misogynistic. His love for women and his fury when they’re victimised is kind of one of his absolute defining characteristics. 

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Seriously. One of the first things I think of when I think “Jason Todd” are these two pages here, where the only reason he doesn’t beat a pimp to death after he sees him slapping one of his girls around and threatening her is because Batman yanks him off. In the defining “reveal” to Batman that “there is something wrong with Jason no really” event where Jason may or may not push a man off a building to his death; it’s because the dead guy raped and terrorized a woman until she killed herself and the courts refused to prosecute because of the rapist’s diplomatic immunity.


Abusing and mistreating women makes Jason go postal, I’m grossed out by the trend in fandom to forget this about him in favor of perpetuating their own misogyny.

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yellowcape:

iconuk01:

Wow! Just… woooooooooow! Phil Jimenez draws Dick Grayson taking a selfie… and it is a thing of divinely inspired beauty.
Posted on his (Phil’s that is, not Dick’s) Facebook page

Holy… ! *can’t breathe* Whoooooh. Dick would totally do that as well. In the semi-nude,

yellowcape:

iconuk01:

Wow! Just… woooooooooow! Phil Jimenez draws Dick Grayson taking a selfie… and it is a thing of divinely inspired beauty.

Posted on his (Phil’s that is, not Dick’s) Facebook page

Holy… ! *can’t breathe* Whoooooh. Dick would totally do that as well. In the semi-nude,

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Anonymous said: Hi! So I've always kind of disliked the new 52 Babs because it directly contributed to the erasure of one of the only disabled characters in comics, but I was reading an article with opinions from old timer comic fans (from the original Batgirl days) who say they never liked Oracle b/c it was basically another women in refrigerators case. It's true that DC made the best out of the character, but I wonder whether I wouldn't feel the same if I had been born during the Babsgirl era. Thoughts?

Well, that’s definitely an interesting question, Anon. And it’s really one I question a lot with my own opinions — because as much as I love being nostalgic, nostalgia is a dangerous thing. And one that tends to manipulate facts a lot.

The fact remains that repeatedly it’s shown people enjoy how they remember things a lot more than they actively enjoy the things themselves. It’s like the Maya Angelou quote, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

The same can be said for the media we consume and the characters we relate to as a result.

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m6p2s5gziax8 said: rena, which issue is cass kicking back in wayne manor with her boots up on a table from? btw, there's another of her being a slob in the batcave; she tosses a soda can on the floor and alfred picks it up right behind her.

That would be Batgirl #24, the “Bruce Wayne: Murderer?” tie-in!

And yeah, I love that issue, too. Really, I’m addicted to the moments throughout Cass’ series where she’s just hilariously unkempt.

But the soda can is Batgirl #45

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hawkstout said: HE’S JONATHAN FRAKES!??!?! OAO (totally did not know that OAO)

HE IS! And not only that, but several other actors from Next Gen. are regular voice actors for Gargoyles including Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner!

*full of useless trivia*

ephemeraltea said: there are specific times of day and night where all the cats decide my bed, the smallest bed in the house, is where all three MUST congregate. while I am on it.

cats are mysterious, mystical beings that traverse the line between complete assholes and cuddly fur gods. You are truly worthy for them to be congregating on your bed!

ephemeraltea said: you know that time of almost-night where all the cats just go bonkers for no discernible cause? just. running all over the place. wild eyed.twitchy. we call it “the witching hour.”

My bunch is way too lazy for running around. They just plop down and meow until their need is addressed. Their needs usually involves lots of treats and petting of the chin.

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thedickgraysxn:

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Why couldn’t I have been born in February!

I literally just said the same exact thing

I was born in February ,’:)

I got Alfred

YESSS! Born in February!!

Eep

Dammit, my brother gets Cass, while I’m stuck with Ra’s.
I even have the same birth month as Jason! So not fair. *grumps*

I got Cass!

daggerpen:

saphire-dance:

inariazuha:

nextgenrobin:

thedickgraysxn:

kissmejasontodd:

ericthatguyyouknow:

Why couldn’t I have been born in February!

I literally just said the same exact thing

I was born in February ,’:)

I got Alfred

YESSS! Born in February!!

Eep

Dammit, my brother gets Cass, while I’m stuck with Ra’s.

I even have the same birth month as Jason! So not fair. *grumps*

I got Cass!

aphbelarus:

Do you ever just accidentally befriend someone you used to look up a lot to like you are admiring them from afar and trying to talk to them and theN SUDDENLY THEY RECOGNIZE YOUR EXISTENCE AND THEN A LOT OF GOOD STUFF HAPPENS AND THEN THEY BECOME YOUR FRIENDS LIKE WTF KINDA UNREAL SHIT IS THAT??? I cannot believe

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i’ve grown so unattached from people like i could literally move across the country tomorrow and not give a shit about leaving anyone except for like 3 people

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I feel the need to explain a thing

I’m literally about to go to bed but this has been just bugging me for a long time now and I feel like it’s gotta be said, even if it’s completely bleh and unintelligent sounding coming from me:

After Cass has existed in comics with her own 73-issue series, her own recently republished origin story, and has had connections literally across the DCU no matter how much writers and artists try to bury those facts, no I don’t think there’s any reasonable justification for leaving her out of the New 52 all the way to this point.

Just like it made no sense to have to reboot Stephanie to bring her back into the New 52.

The reason erasing subsequent Batgirls is a bad thing is because women and minorities have to justify their existence tenfold to have the same established status quo as four aesthetically similar male and (now) all white Robins.

So people who argue that “but don’t you want them to bring Cass back when it’s best? when they’ll get her right? when it makes sense?” I’m like yeah, but you’re really missing the point of what’s so insidious and awful about this entire situation.

Cass wasn’t part of the New52 reboot because she was a female legacy character. She’s the only character of the main Bat Family (not getting into arguments about what constitutes “main” here — Batgirls Batmans and Robins please) across any universe that has not been brought back in some capacity because no one wants to touch her race or her disabilities.

In a world big enough for Carrie Kelley, Terry McGinnis, Harper Row, Cullen Row, Julia Pennyworth, Helena Wayne, Helena Bertinelli, Kathy Kane, Kate Kane, Bette Kane, the Batmen of All Nations, and so on… how many more hoops should Cass have to jump through to justify her existence?

Also, if I’m not complaining enough about things that happen to other characters that are terrible or don’t talk enough excitedly about the things that are done right, don’t assume it’s because I don’t care about those issues, too. I do.

But Cass is an issue that concerns me the most of anything because she is so damn important and because her treatment says a hell of a lot more about the state of things than entire essays about the other stuff at DC.

Which I’ll probably still do but the point remains.

hawkstout said: Xanatos gambits still amaze me to this day. (YOU CAN’T WIN EVERY TIME DARN IT!)

I think Xanatos might be the first voice acting job I fell in love with. I still just get mesmerized when he starts talking.

((Baby nerd Rena had a cow when she connected the dots and realized he was RIKER from Next Gen))

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amarie-di-caprio said: You love Gargoyles, too?! OMG, so do I! Lexington is my favorite because he's the cutest. I ship ElisaXGoliath pretty hard, too. :D

Gargoyles is absolutely fantastic and really is one of the most underrated cartoons in the history of children’s programming. It introduced me to my first literary love (Shakespeare), got me interested in world mythologies, and also served as the source of my strongest opinions on character development and the balance between dark storylines and child friendly levity.

Plus there’s a Gargoyle named Brooklyn. Which remains one of the few fictional characters to share a moniker with me and that goes a long way.

Elisa and Goliath are a serious OTP — and I don’t care what anyone says about it X3

I love thinking about what a hassle Alfred has with the Bat Kids in his care, and how they cause him nothing but a mess.

But seriously. If you don’t think training etiquette into Cass is an ongoing struggle for him, may I please remind you that Cass’ very first reaction to being in Wayne Manor is to put her dirty boots on the table.

Chase You Down Until You Love Me

Disclaimer: Batman and associated characters are the creative property of DC Comics.
Warnings: Some language
Rating: PG 
Prompt: ( anonymous ) Batfam plays bad reporting bingo the day after the latest Wayne fundraiser. (Bonus: Clark, Lois, Iris, or Linda, ect. overhear the exchange.)

A/N: I have a huge soft spot for the DCU reporters, believe it or not. I didn’t keep completely to prompt — wasn’t creative enough to figure out how to make it a Bingo game — but here’s the best I got! Sorry for the wait!

Bruce, no matter how hard he tries, is really only full of hollow threats at the end of the day when it comes to his children and behaving among the Gotham social elite.

"It’d benefit everyone if you sat down, behaved, and didn’t try to make a scene,” Bruce says, eyes concentrating on Jason, Tim, and Damian for the moment. He’s a little tired of how easily they brush off his concerns.

He supposes that at least Tim has the decency to feign surprise at the extra attention. But it doesn’t stop him from rocking on his heels.

Damian and Jason just give Bruce equally dissatisfied glares back.

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My cat upstairs keeps going on and on for no goddamn reason.
Hahaha that sounds exactly like my Sonny.
Cats are mystical, quasi-evil creatures. And I love them lol
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