First off, I have no opinion on this question of whether or not Stephanie Brown deserves a memorial in the Batcave. Never read a book with her in it, have only the vaguest idea that she was a female Robin who got killed off. I don’t know why DC doesn’t want to do it, don’t care.
What I do know is that there is a very passionate group of fans out there (largely, but not exclusively, female) for whom this is a major cause celebre. The furor about it kind of peaked a few months ago, and in the wake of various other “outrages,” seemed to have simmered down.
Now you or I, we’d have just put this behind us– no point in stirring things back up, right? Particularly since at least some of these folks are (or were and might be again) paying customers.
Evidently, though, Mr. Didio has decided to tweak those darn feminists again. In this week’s DC Nation, we are shown a list of the Christmas wishes of various DC characters (Superman wants “A new place to call home,” Batgirl wants “My very own mini-series,” etc.), on stationery that says “From the Holiday Desk of Dan Didio.”
Robin’s entry is “A memorial for Stephanie Brown.” This is crossed-out, and penciled over it is the notation “Can’t Do.”
So there, Stephanie Brown-ites, you haven’t been forgotten, after all.
UPDATE: We’re told by far better informed sources that this is really because the “Spoiler” it itching to return from the dead, as this Newsarama story reveals.
That’ll teach us to try to figure out what’s going on at DC.