Truth be told...so am I. She is by far my favorite Batgirl. But I kind of like to defend them both, because both of them got raw deals at some point. And what I mentioned above? That's mostly derived from critiques of a friend of mine who's a big Steph Brown fan. Interestingly enough, I didn't even care that much about Steph, then she "died" in the War Games. Then I started missing her.
Orpheus, not so much. Because he stunk as a character.
I didn't like how she replaced Cass as B-girl at first, but the more I read, the more I enjoyed. She had a great tenure that could and should have continued. And it would've been nice to see more of Cass.
Maybe DC admitted to themselves that they didn't know how to write these characters, and have refrained from using them out of respect to them and the fans.
Yeah, I know it sounds far-fetched.
No. I prefer Cassandra over Stephanie too, but again like you said they go hand and hand in how fucked up DC has screwed up either character. Kill or turn them evil, the fan base will stick by and endure. But that theory is far fetched. We know for a fact Scott Synder wanted #13 to be Cass centric.
I think what DC fears is Cassandra eclipsing their "ironic" Barbara if Snyder gets his paws on the character. Note he's barely used Barbara in the New 52 now save the cameo at the end in Death of the Family. He had to create Harper Row to fill in all the Cassandra appearances he had intended. It's quite clear to me DC doesn't want Cassandra around because it mucks up their current philosophy. And the funny thing is? They're losing money they could have for it. Before a certain someone will say, "Wrong Zechs, Barbara's selling better than Cass."
Cass had two major events (Officer Down, Bruce Wayne: Fugitive/Murderer) written in her first twenty five issues. Barbara's had FIVE (Night of the Owls, Zero issue, Death of the Family, Villains Month, and now Zero Year). Stephanie? Zero. Make that as you will of the true reason Barbara is selling.
Iconic my ass. Every day I hope and pray that damn book crashes and burns like it deserves.