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DC Pulls Plug on Controversial ‘Batgirl’ Cover

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Although it’s one of the most revered Batman stories ever told, Batman: The Killing Joke still has its critics. Primarily, The Killing Joke is an example of “woman in the fridge,” even before the term came into popular use in the 90s. Basically, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl is shot and paralyzed by the Joker as a means to torture her father Commissioner Gordon, and although the comics eventually built Barbara back up as the powerful information broker Oracle before she got the use of her legs back, many still read a misogynistic turn in the book by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. So when the artist on the current Batgirl series decided to pay homage to The Killing Joke for a special variant cover, let’s just say it reopened old wounds. (more…)

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It’s long been common knowledge around the Geek Train that Warner Bros. was putting together a live action ‘Teen Titans’ television show. Of course when producers get their hands on a piece of merchandise, they have to change things around, so none of the Titans will be teens at all. These adult heroes will be led by Robin and will feature a largely female cast from what we’re hearing through the grapevine. If you follow that vine long enough, you’ll land knee-deep in Nerdist country where Jessica Chobot reports on a leaked script of the pilot, and everything she knows about it. Well, now we know what she knows, and we’re gonna sing like birds. Birds Of Prey, that is. Hint, hint. Hawks and Doves, that is! Hint! Hint!

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Following several other recent announcements for the Bat family books, DC Comics is taking Barbara Gordon and Batgirl in a whole new direction. Though Gail Simone will no longer be writing the title, fan favorite Cameron Stewart will be co-writing with Brendan Fletcher, with Babs Tarr as artist. Along with the new creative team, Batgirl gets an entirely new costume design. Check out some concept design and some more thoughts further down. (more…)

Good lord, does DC Comics know how to screw things up and royally piss of its fans, or what? After the infamous reboot, the constant marginalizing of their female characters, and still only having a handful of woman creators they went and made the BIG mistake of firing one of their best, Gail Simone. As her exclusive contract with DC was coming to an end she was informed, via email, she would no longer be writing Batgirl.

Needless to say, the outrage from the internet was colossal. The good news is all our ranting, bitching, and moaning actually did something, because today Simone tweeted this,

Hooray! We haz the power!

To influence DC editorial into reversing their asinine decision of firing her the first place. I mean, seriously, DC, have you learned nothing? I find it likely this decision was made because, as Bleeding Cool‘s Rich Johnston puts it, DC was afraid of, “every single person asking questions during convention season dressed up as Batgirl saying “Where’s Gail Simone?” To which Dan Didio would have some smart-alecky answer and the continued war between DC and its fans would continue.

Congratulations Gail! We here at Nerd Bastards couldn’t be happier you’re back on Batgirl! I’ll leave you with the last word,

 

There’s a new Batgirl: Spoiled web series featuring the character of Stephanie Brown (Who used to be Spoiler) as the new Batgirl. It’s based on Bryan Q. Miller’s pretty popular comic run. The plot synopsis:

After a close call leading to a falling out with Batman and Oracle, Batgirl goes out on her own to reexamine her place in Gotham and the world at large. Stephanie spends her days seeking advice from Gotham’s various heros, and her nights patrolling the streets in a seemingly endless battle against crime. All this while attending college, having a social life and finding time to sleep.

First off, this isn’t Shakespeare, Tarantino, or Spielberg so cool your jets when throwing out comments in the comments section. It’s a fan created series and they all can’t be gems. This one definitely has its issues, (Really, when the chief minor thug started monologuing about the oppressed masses and the privileged few, my eyes glazed over. I kept expecting him to start singing the Jefferson’s theme song.) but overall I’d still watch it because I don’t see any other Batgirl material getting done on television, animation, or the big screen.

The beginning wordplay between Batgirl and Oracle was promising and the fight choreography wasn’t bad, but the pace through out the episode seemed to stutter without a big build up to climax the episode.

Check out the episode and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


Batgirl: Spoiled is written by Sax Carr, Zack West, Ray and Beurer with Joey Rassool as Director of Photography and Editor. Original scoring by Regan Remy, Executive Produced by Sax Carr. For more information on the production including additional footage, photos and credits visit the official Twitter page.

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Na na na na na na na na, Batgirls! – Well, one Batgirl and a Robin anyways, but a single Stephanie Brown. We here at Nerd Bastards HQ love the work of Lynne Yoshii, having featured her here several times before, but featuring the former Spoiler turned third Batgirl with her past self is pretty damn cool. When your originally a three-issue deal and you become one of the biggest female characters in comics you know your doing something right. [Comics Alliance]

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Grab a plate of waffles, your jug of maple syrup, and plop yourself down in front of the computer and get ready to view some Batgirl Stephanie fan love. The new web series just released a new trailer that has this NerdBastard book marking the site for future episodes. The story line:

“After a close call leading to a falling out with Batman and Oracle, Batgirl goes out on her own to reexamine her place in Gotham and the world at large. Stephanie spends her days seeking advice from Gotham’s various heros, and her nights patrolling the streets in a seemingly endless battle against crime. All this while attending college, having a social life and finding time to sleep.”

Batgirl Spoiled is written by Sax Carr, Zack West, Ray and Beurer with Joey Rassool as Director of Photography and Editor. Original scoring by Regan Remy, Executive Produced by Sax Carr.

This NerdBastard finds the tone set in the trailer as dead on for a Batman style series. I can only hope that the series really cranks up the tone, maybe as high as eleven.

If you find yourself hungry for more information you can head over to the Batgirl” Spoiled Facebook page or the official Twitter page, to see stills from the series and additional tidbits.

Via ComicBookMovie.com


Welcome to Ask the Bastards, a new weekly feature in which you, the readers, get to ask us, the staff of Nerd Bastards, all the questions you want on our favorite nerdy topics of interest. Why? Well, because we’re nerds, and we love to give lengthy explanations to things. We’ll be here every week sounding off on comics, TV, film, video games, toys, cosplay and everything in between. This week we’re kicking things off by tackling questions on hated comic book characters, Batgirl and Batwoman, Final Fantasy 7, the future of DC Comics on Film and just how Nerd Bastards was born.

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We have to wait a little longer to see Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and NerdBastards’ Matthew Jackson is dealing with the wait by filling his head with as many other Batman tales as possible. In the six weeks leading up to the flick’s release, he’ll be revisiting all six Batman franchise films so far (yes, even the crap ones) and writing retrospective essays on what worked, what didn’t, and what each film means to the franchise at large.

And here we are at the end of the most painful part of this retrospective. I relived the Schumacher era and survived, so now it’s time to talk about the last tragic installment in this chapter of the Batman’s cinematic saga: Batman & Robin. It’s one of the most universally loathed films in history, and managed to knock the Dark Knight’s movie franchise flat for an eight-year stretch. It’s the reason Joel Schumacher‘s name is still met with scowls when you mention him around fanboys (though in his defense, he’s made some pretty decent movies since), and it’s still the biggest blemish on George Clooney‘s career. But just as I was surprised last week that I hate Batman Forever for a different reason than most people, I was surprised this week with a revelation about Batman & Robin: I actually find it less terrible than its predecessor.

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ABOVE: CAT FIGHT! Or… I suppose Bat fight. It a battle of the Gotham’s extended Batman family as Batgirl takes on Batwoman in what looks to be the beginning of an all out slug-fest. While artists Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes have created an awesome melee between these heroines, it could use a little more tickling for my tastes. [Nickel Double]

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