A superhero identity can be passed down to different people and a good example of that is Batgirl. Originally, Barbara Gordon wore the costume until she passed it on to Cassandra Cain. Cain’s successor became Stephanie Brown and she was the most recent Batgirl until the DC Universe reboot. These days, Barbara is Batgirl, but I believe Stephanie Brown should be allowed to reclaim the mantle and here are six reasons why.
In the history of comics, Batman is one of the most enduring characters. Grim, dedicated and incorruptible, The Dark Knight wages a tireless war on crime. But even someone as formidable as Batman can’t do everything alone, and that’s where Robin comes in. Robin balances Batman out, providing a light to his darkness. Yet Robin is bigger than a single person. It’s an identity, a symbol of hope for younger heroes.
Over the years, Bruce has taken in several children and raised them to fight crime. In mainstream continuity, there have been five Robins, each different to the one who came before them. They all represent something to Batman, and here I examine who they are and what makes them important.
The identity of a comic character can be transient, something that gets passed along to someone else. This has happened in the Batman family, and I’ve talked previously about why I believe Cassandra Cain is the greatest Batgirl, even if she isn’t the original. That title belongs to Barbara Gordon. From her earliest appearance, Babs was shown to be a resourceful and capable woman who earned Batman’s respect. But, in my opinion, it wasn’t until she became Oracle that she evolved into a timeless character.