It’s been over one year since the character of Cassandra Cain made her final “canon” appearance in Batman: Gates of Gotham #5. Since then, there have been random reasons (that are mostly rumor and hearsay) put forth as to why the character hasn’t appeared since the New 52 started. There are some that say the character, along with another, is “toxic”; someone within the company has a long standing grudge against the character, or maybe they’re giving the character a rest so the others sort of like her (Barbara Gordon, Katana, and Lady Shiva) can flourish more in their uniqueness. The official word is that the character will be introduced in due time. Alas, I wish to believe this but being a fan of this character, I’m wise to this “game” DC has played.
Now why am I giving such a damn for this character, and not the others? Well, fans of the other “benched” characters: do read on. I almost hope this proposal works well enough that you do something similar. As for why this specific character? Well it’s due to the fact that I’m pushing the cause of minority characters. Cassandra distinctly is a minority on multiple levels. She is a female character who is an ethnic minority, and she conquers a disability everyday. Her seventy-issue ongoing series was cancelled not due to low sales, but due to the company’s will and policies. They thought having two female Bat characters having an ongoing would be too many (ironically, the first Batwoman title was scuttled for years until the New 52 relaunch).
Frankly, I think Cassandra Cain’s fanbase gets a bad rap. Then again, a lot of the fanbases of the various characters currently lost have gotten reputations they don’t deserve. Yes, two of the fan-bases are VERY vocal. I admit that freely. Maybe that’s the key to why DC considers them toxic (if we’re to believe this rumor): whatever they do, it won’t satisfy these select bunch of fans. Regardless, the fan attitude of the characters hasn’t reached H.E.A.T. (Hal’s Emerald Advancement Team) levels of insanity.
I want to do this event to prove to people that this fan-base is different from that. This is why you won’t be finding me pleading you to flood anything DC-related with pleas of bringing this character back or giving you various e-mail addresses, Facebook, or Twitter links to DC Comics. Really, I believe this is the heart of the issue, so I say this to the fans of Cassandra Cain: if the company that owns the character
I want fans to celebrate the character of Cassandra Cain in their own way. I want fans who are artists and writers to do their thing. Draw the character. Write a story or an article. Do something in Photoshop. Make an amv, or a short fancomic of the character. Or reblog this post with your favorite moment from with Cassandra Cain in it.
Prove to them that this character’s fans (and fans of characters like her) do have a voice. Not a “toxic” one, but a positive one. Maybe even prove to them that the character can still be profitable. If not, then at the very least, we the fans of this character did something to honor Cass, something the company who owns her hasn’t done in over eight years: treat her with the respect she deserves.
Written by Zechs