I think that, if Cass is attracted to someone, it's much more from body language than the actual body or how they talk? Like, she'd notice things about them they themselves wouldn't, right? Like if she's impressed if a person carries the world on their shoulders but acts relaxed, if they have a certain swagger she'd admire (looking at you, Kon). That makes sense, right? Her liking body language more than anything else?
No it makes total sense to me! I think Cass’ sense of attraction very much has to do with people’s physicality and their mentality as she sees it through that than it would be romancing of words or pick up lines.
I mean, as much as I vocally dislike the romantic B-plots in both Horrock’s and Gabrych’s runs on Cass’ series, there’s the scene at Brenda’s party where Cass and Zero gravitate to each other after Cass observes him in the mosh pit that just is spot on for me.
[Batgirl (2000-2006) #63]
Anyway, I think one of the fun things about Cass is that she reads people so well that she almost always sticks with her first impressions of people because they’re so accurate – she’ll assess how much attention she wants to give them and then goes with her gut.
And it’s part of why people who impress past that initial assumption, who push themselves persistently and wow Cass by defying expectations are so unusual and so important to her. Like Stephanie becoming her best friend despite Cass initially wanting nothing to do with her.
But yeah, it’s definitely a level of body language and physicality that would inspire Cass’ initial attractions, I think. And of course, Cass is entirely a romantic at heart so it doesn’t take much to take a leap or two from there.
[Batgirl (2000-2006) #41]
Also – and I’m completely going off subject here, I apologize – I think it’s interesting here that as Cass reads all the types of emotional connections of the people of Gotham below her, she seems to make no distinctions between types of love here? There’s examples of sexual love, romantic love, and paternal-fraternal love all on the same street, and even in the most overt examples – the romantic and paternal that is right next to each other – Cass goes so far as to rationalize it in her mind with the exact same words. And while Cass is still battling with language, she’s advanced a lot by this point in the series, and this is far from the limits of her vocabulary as we even see it within this very issue. So I find that an interesting contrast.
Anyway, yeah, physical presentation matters a lot to Cass in the romantic department, I feel.
Girls, romanticize yourselves. You are a queen. You are a warrior. You are an enchantress. You are a mermaid. You are a goddess. You are all these things and more, you are the stuff of fairytales.
Women, traumatize others. You are a dragon. You are a wolf. You are a bump in the night. You are the last thing they see in the darkness. You are all of these things and more, you are the heart of their fucking nightmares
Did Lois Lane and Cassandra Cain ever meet? If not who do you think they would have regarded each other?
No, unfortunately not. I mean, I’m not sure why they haven’t. It’s pretty much printed money as far as selling things to me.
Imagine: Lois Lane getting the scoop on Bruce Wayne’s elusive and mysterious daughter. Like how has this not been a thing?
In any case, Lois has a lot of attributes Cass gravitates toward in people – a lot of hard edges, sincerity, and passion. Really, almost everything Cass looks up to in Babs and Bruce can be found in Lois and I personally feel Cass would love that. She’d be intimidated, I think. Lois has a habit of being wordy and full of dry sarcasm – especially when in the same room as Bruce and they’re yapping off at one another – so Cass would probably be a little tighter lipped than usual. But mad respect.
For her part, I think Lois would treat Cass with the same level of respect she does anyone in uniform. She’d be abrasive, make it clear that she won’t be letting anyone push her around or keep her from her stories, but also very intuitive and encouraging. Very similar to how she’s been in the past with any of the Supergirls, especially Kara and Mae.