So the Batman: Future's End solitations just came out and this reporter couldn't help but notice something RIGHT off the bat about the Batgirl: Future's End cover. Bleeding Cool pointed out the blonde-haired looking Batgirl and specualted that it might be Stephanie Brown, since the formerly toxic character just made a comeback in Batman Eternal. But what caught my eye was the bottom middle character. The character on the cover reminded me of someone who's gotten a real raw deal throughout this "modern" era of DC Comics, the fourth Batgirl: Cassandra Cain.
I know this could easily be a bait and switch. BUT.. I am masochist at heart. You have to be when you're a modern DC fan. Still, no matter how badly they've screwed up other characters I once enjoyed (*cough* Cyborg Superman New 52 I'm looking at you *cough*), so far, DC has handled Stephanie Brown's return with grace. Could they do the same with Cassandra?
But enough of my rambling, here's the cover to which I speak of:
Four "Batgirls". Now we have Barbara in another cover (see in the previous article), but two of these four look an AWFUL lot like Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain. Of course, another possible interpretation is that this is the Birds of Prey team. The blonde haired Batgirl could be Black Canary, BUT.. Katana is no longer with the group. Are these Batgirls villains Barbara has faced? Doubtful. So WHO are these four Batgirls?
Could we really be getting the debut of Cassandra Cain in the New 52? Or is this another DC bait and switch? We'll keep you updated on this developing story, but please remember this is all speculation so far, and to be honest, it's more than likely the madness of the whole toxic character debacle is finally getting to poor Zechs.