Stephanie will come back as...?
I go Spoiler as well. If she is to be re-introduced, she should probably start out in her own role. Perhaps in a similar manner to the way she was originally introduced (better to rehash the origin than have DC drastically change it so that it becomes unrecognizable).
And while I love Steph as Batgirl, I don't see that happening right not given Barbara's popularity. So I'd be more than willing to see her return as Spoiler. But as Robin or Red Robin just wouldn't feel right to me right now.
@supbatz: Was it you I was talking to before about the idea of two Bat-Families, one for Bruce, one for Kate? If not I apologise for commenting.
How would you feel about Stephanie coming back as a new Flamebird and joining the Kate-Family, now that Bette has moved on from the title?
@v_scarlotte_rose: Yes, it was me you spoke to about that. And I really do like the idea of two separate Bat Families headed by Bruce and Kate.
As for Steph returning as Flamebird, I hadn't even thought to consider the possibility. It might be an interesting experiment, for sure. But I feel like Steph has closer ties to Bruce's family (Tim and Cassandra, in particular) than she does to Kate's family. If Steph were to take the role of Flamebird, I would definitely be open to the idea. But it wouldn't be my first choice. Just because I feel like she needs to at least start out as a part of Bruce's family (be it as Spoiler or as Batgirl) before even considering moving on to Kate's family.
@supbatz: That seems fair, as she obviously does have close ties to the Bruce-Family. But considering the reboot, and things being potentially changed, it seems possible that the past ties could be forgotten.
I get the feeling that DC might just try and push Batwoman into the main Bat-Family though. And now that they can just hire a writer who'll do what they want, it would be so easy to do. :(
@v_scarlotte_rose: Oh yes, I think that it is a fair possibility. If and when Steph is reintroduced, DC will probably want to "reinvent" her. So while I would prefer that her past ties be kept, it is possible that they might just be left behind.
I really hope that that isn't the case. Keeping Batwoman distant from Bruce's family and separate from all of these events (Night of Owls, Death of the Family etc) has been one of the greatest charms to come from the series. But there is a fair chance that a new writer might leave all of that behind. It's only a matter of time before the new Batwoman writer is announced (if there will be a new writer). Here's hoping it will be a more seasoned writer who won't just be an editorial puppet.
@supbatz: Hopefully she can remain fairly similar, but anything could happen I imagine.
I suppose it depends on what the new writer thinks about crossovers/tie-ins. I know that J.H. Williams doesn't seem to like them, but a lot of other writers seem to. If there's going to be tie-ins in every Scott Snyder Batman story, I wouldn't be surprised if Batwoman got dragged in. I'm not sure if they'd want to hire a non-puppet considering the backlash they've had from writers leaving due to interference.
I'm kind of wondering if it's going to be Marguerite Bennett that takes over, as she's a "former student of Scott Snyder", who's written an annual with him, plus the Batgirl Zero Year issue. It would perhaps be easier to push editorial rules on a new writer, and as a friend of Scott Snyder, he could put in a good word for her. I don't know what her writing is like though, so I can't tell if she would handle the series well.
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