My name is Alice. I worked for the Umbrella Corporation in a secret laboratory developing experimental viral weaponry. There was an incident. A virus escaped. Everybody died. Trouble was, they didn’t stay dead. This was the start of an apocalypse that would sweep the entire world. The men responsible for this disaster took refuge underground and continued to experiment with the deadly T-Virus. They felt secure in their high-tech fortress. But they were wrong.
Resident Evil Afterlife (2010) Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Why Stephanie Brown is Cassandra Cain’s Most Important Relationship
Tynion has said he doesn’t want to give a label to Cass’s disability, which makes sense. I just wanted to give my nonprofessional opinion on what I see in her.
We know for a fact that Cass as some form of Dyslexia, but I think it’s also pretty obvious that she has some serious PTSD as well. I think it’s also likely that she has high-functioning autism as well. All of this essentially adds up to someone who is frequently under severe stress, has high empathy, and is rather obsessive, but has severe difficulty communicating any of those things to other people, which only adds to her stress and anxiety.
I feel like Steph was super important to Cass because she was able to communicate with and understand her much better than most people. Even with other people who she loves and cares about, such as Bruce, Barbara, Tim, Brenda, etc., there’s a huge communication deficit, and both parties tend to be very frustrated by it. Only with Steph (and Jean Paul and Kon, occasionally) does Cassandra actually feel comfortable and safe really communicating.
And this is why I don’t agree with people who object to the fact that Cassandra’s characterization does change post-War Games. Because of course it does. She’s lost the one person who she could really communicate with. She loves and admires Tim, but he doesn’t really understand how she thinks. Brenda is super caring and helpful for her, but she doesn’t provide Cassandra with the kind of interaction that she really needs to feel safe. She’s always tense and closed off, even during their most friendly interactions. So Cassandra being more short-tempered, less friendly, and overall more hostile makes perfect sense. It’s a combination of grief and the loss of the person who really helped her relax and feel safe and understood. It doesn’t help that her stress about her relationship with Barbara kind of exploded on both ends, leading to their falling out.