Okay, not trying to be a negative nancy about “The Batman” because it does look like it’ll be an amazing movie, but is anyone else tired of live-action Batman media that refuses to move past the early days of Batman? Like, the origin is fine and it’s always fun to explore Batman’s early days, but it’s overdone and keeps missing out on a key aspect of the Bat side of DC; the Batfamily.
It’s like DC is stuck in two modes:
1) Live-action Batman, but it’s the early days and no Batfamily (Burtonverse, Nolan trilogy, Gotham). Also, before anyone brings this up, I’m not counting Robin John Blake since we never see him in a batsuit.
2) The Batfamily, but Bruce is nowhere to be found and they’ve already moved on from Bruce and are doing their own thing (Titans, Batwoman)
Then we have the DCEU which killed off their Robin before we even had a chance to see him. Literally, the only live-action Batman media that I can think of that featured the Batfamily would be 1960s Adam West Batman and the Schumacher films.
Just...can we please get a movie that features Bruce, Dick, Barbara, Jason, Tim, and Damian? We’ve already seen Bruce’s origin story like ten billion times, give us a story that we haven’t seen yet.
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Steph, dressed in fishnets, high heels, tiny latex shorts, a corset, bunny ears, and a bunny tail: Hurry up Dick! We’re gonna be late for the party!
Dick walking down the manor stairs also dresses in fishnets, high heels, tiny latex shorts, a corset, bunny ears, and a bunny tail: It called being fashionably late.
Steph, doing a double take of his costume: What the hell Dickface, you copied me!
Dick: Hey, you said you were going as flapper. It’s not my fault you changed you mind.
Steph, rolling her eyes: Well we can’t both be bunnies, go change.
Dick: No, you change, I’ve had this picked out since January.
Steph, glaring: No, you change, I-
Bruce, walking into the room and seeing their costumes: …
Bruce immediately puts on the ‘protective dad does not approve’ face.
Bruce, pointing upstairs: Both of you. Change. Now.
-> One Hour Later at one of the Annual Vigilante Costume Parties <-
Dick walks in wearing a bedsheet with two holes, Steph follows close behind. She’s practically drowning in one of Bruce’s suits.
Wally: So, what’re you two supposed to be?
Steph: Bruce Wayne.
Dick: Bruce Wayne’s sense of humor.
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nearly no one in the batfamily understood Cass and her speech impediment. even Barbara, who by all means interacted with and bonded with Cass the most, still became frustrated with Cass for not being able to speak in the early days.
Cass became extremely frustrated with people treating her like she was stupid or somehow less capable of detective work just because she couldn't speak the same way that they could.
while Cass was treated this way in canon, i see the same patterns repeatedly in the DC fandom with people who apparently didn't learn from reading the comics. Cass is still characterised as the "mute Batgirl" with maybe some references to ballet thrown in.
she's not stupid. yes, she was mute, but by the end of her run she had made significant progress with her speech. even if she had remained permanently mute, that doesn't make her any less of a hero, a fighter, and a detective. Cass shouldn't have to conform to neurotypical standards to earn your respect, and she is more than your ill-conceived notions of disability.
IDs in alt text.
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