In all candor, we’re not sure how all this fits into continuity or storylines or whatever, but is seems that while in the midst of a Grant Morrison-scripted dream/hoax/imaginary story, Batman imagined a memorial for Stephanie Brown, aka the Spoiler, in his Bat cave (Above, click for larger image.)
You will recall that getting Brown remembered as just another in a long line of hero-worshipping, idealistic, pantless teens who were slain because of their unhealthy interest in being a sidekick to the goddam Batman has long been the goal of the Girl-Wonder.org website. In fact, the crusade for a Stephanie memorial has become the rallying point for an entire generation of fangirls.
Even though it may have been imaginary, the memorial was received with joy by Girl-Wonder founder Mary Borsellino :
Batman #673 means so, so much more than any of these. Because, in two panels, we were told everything that mattered: that inside Batman’s heart, Stephanie was Robin, the same as Dick and Jason and Tim — her gender made no difference at all to that. That her loss is felt as keenly as those other losses Batman has been shaped by.
In those two panels, in that one gesture of Batman contemplating the Robins he’s lost in front of the symbol of those losses, that line of suits in cases, the glass ceiling keeping girls out of the red and green and gold costume at Batman’s side finally cracked and fell.
Seems like a good first step to us, but don’t give up the fight just yet, ladies. We say don’t rest until you get a female superhero book that’s actually suitable for young women to read. Now that would be a real accomplishment.