Seeing some “Tell me why Cassandra Cain going by Orphan is good.” discussions from my friends on twitter and I want to join so bad, but I’ve gone at length on why it’s not good regardless of the many ppl that try to defend it.
I’ve heard all the “reasons” people try and lie to themselves on why Cass going by Orphan works, but in the end it’s a lie. Most just don’t want her to be Batgirl again or just don’t actually care about her/only read her as Orphan so they don’t see the point in changing it.
I have strong feelings on Black Bat, which I’ve expressed many times on here, and while I think Black Bat is a better name than Orphan it has the same pitfalls as a code name people lie to themselves and say “fits” better for Cass.
Batgirl is the best code name for Cassandra Cain in the current set up in which Cassandra Cain is being used as a character, however it’s also an unavailable name (apparently) and unlike most of the batfam members she doesn’t have a name she can revert back to. There’s a way to make Black Bat work, but if people really want Black Bat to be her “Nightwing” type name then she needs her “Robin” type development first and that’s her as Batgirl.
There is no way to make the name Orphan work for Cass. It’s stupid. However there is a way to make the theme of what Orphan is supposed to represent work, but it’s not what they are currently doing and requires a lot of solo development away from Batman and the Batfam and DC is clearly not interested in doing that.