cassandra cain: batgirl

Batgirl Vol 1 #7

The first thing that needs to be said about this issue is that we have now reached the point at which Cass suddenly goes from having severe difficulties speaking to speaking in full sentences. As such, I will not be counting words she has spoken anymore. Personally, I think there was a lot of potential for character growth lost here, but… oh well, let’s move on, shall we?

The issue starts with Cass getting her ass handed to her by Bruce in combat training. Her offense is great, but her defense is lacking, and so Bruce hands her a disk with a lifetime worth of combat lessons with the promise that she can try again next week. To Barbara’s dismay, the disk is already formatted to her systems, meaning that Tim probably spied on her for Bruce, although I personally find the fact that she backtracks from calling Cass “Cass” to calling her “Batgirl”, as if using her name was an insult, much more disturbing.

Cass spends the entire week doing pretty much nothing but working through the 127 styles of combat Bruce has packed on the disk (quite fittingly ending with “Yaw[n]-Yan”, but come the next training, she fails again. She spends the week after that mostly ignoring her training, coming to the realization that no amount of lessons can make up for the sheer instinctive, predictive knowledge she had before. Come the third training session with Bruce, she refuses to back off, asking angrily if her live is worth more than that of the people she’s saving. Her stubbornness reminds him of Jason, which has him all but fleeing from Gotham for a few days, declaring that he is not going to lose anyone else.
Fiercely Assertive Protector: 11
Plight Of Permanent Perfectionism: 5
Better Off Dead: 6

Frustrated, and determined that she doesn’t need defense, nor Bruce’s approval, Cass dons some face paint and a more street-ninja-like version of her outfit, then sets out to hunt criminals at night. To her shock, Barbara has knows about both her secret vigilantism and her disregard for her own safety, and while she promises not to tell on Cass, she wants her to stop. Not because of some sense of moral superiority, but because Barb is genuinely worried for her well-being.
Fiercely Assertive Protector: 12
Better Off Dead: 7
Batmom: 8

Then, one night during her stunt as the unnamed, face-painted vigilante, Cass comes across a special kind of criminal: Lady Shiva Woosan, who Barbara specifically warned her to stay away from, because she actually IS better than Cass, even before her brain was re-wired. Instead of getting the hell out of dodge, Cass gleefully removes her mask and follows her into a French restaurant, where she spends enough time checking out the menu while observing Shiva quietly to have one of the waiters come over, offering her to leave or be removed by the police.

However, just as Cass is about to give up, a girl who looks like royalty and has two armed and armored muscle men for bodyguards appears, and Shiva makes her move. Cass rushes in, marveling at both Shiva’s speed and her complete and utter disregard for the guys she takes out with single hits… only to run straight into Lady Shiva’s punch. The issue ends as it began: with Cass getting hit in the face and thinking “this sucks”.

Give me a live action Batman film that tries to be dark and gritty but gets ruined by the sassy and sarcastic comments and bad puns from all of his kids

What if everyone in Gotham knows that Bruce Wayne has one biological child…

But none of them knows who is?

See, each of his five children acts and looks so much like Bruce that they can’t figure out which one it is. Most swear it’s Cass. She’s the one whose origin they know the least about, plus she acts the most like their father, so the majority of the population assume it’s Cass. Others think it’s Tim, since no billionaire would give his very important company to his kid unless he were his actual child. But a lot of people also suspect that Jason is the product of one drunken night between Bruce Wayne and some random woman who died and left him Jason to take care of, which would explain why Bruce adopted some random street rat without warning. Though questions often circulate about whether Dick Grayson was actually the son of a pair of acrobats, or if it was all a ploy to hide his true origin, which was a scandalous love affair that occurred between Bruce Wayne and Marie Grayson during a trip to see the circus.

Nobody suspects Damian, though. The Bruce Wayne that Gotham knows and loves is a rich playboy who likes picking up ladies and going to fancy parties. Damian Wayne is too grumpy and angry to possibly be the biological son of that guy, right?

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Fierce ladies.

Due to recent events, I lost a ton of inspiration and motivation. Thankfully, working on commissions and this fun series helped me get centered again and ready for whatever may come in the new week. Also, for anyone wondering, Barbara’s suit is based on the Young Justice one. SEASON 3 IS COMIIIING

This mostly wraps up the main set, but I maaaay have got some more on the way…

Bruce: “Don’t talk to me or my son or my son or my son or my daughter or my son who is actually my son or my son or my daughter who’s not actually my daughter but her father is one of my best friends so she counts or my other daughter who’s not my daughter either but she’s dating my son so she forced her way into my family or my father who is actually my butler or my cousin or my son’s cow, dog, cat, turkey, and dragon bat or my punk daughter or her brother or my best friend who can fly or my club of super people, one of whom I plan to adopt-“

Criminal: …..

Bruce: ”-ever ever again.“

Bruce: *walks away with his ginormous family trailing behind him*

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Batkids on their playdates team missions!

A few fun facts:

  • Roy often skips Boy Scout meetings to hang out with Kori and Jason (Don’t tell Ollie)
  • Kyle Rayner is usually hanging with the Troublemakers but had a cold on this particular day and Hal wouldn’t let him leave the house.
  • Cass is wearing Bruce’s old costume (here) that she found in the attic while playing hide and seek with her brothers. Alfred has since made a few alterations to it, of course.
  • That stuffed cat looking thing behind Damian was made by Dick. Alfred has been teaching him how to sew and he practices by making tons of plush for his siblings! (They’re finally starting to look like actual animals)
  • Don’t worry, Alfred fixed Mr. Moo.
  • Jason: [Laying in a hospital bed, waiting for his appendix to be taken out] If I die during this operation, will you do one thing for me?
  • Tim: Anything, Jason
  • Jason: [Grabs Tim by the collar and squeezes eyes] blow up the fucking hospital