Yes, that one line isn’t doing anybody any favors and I hate it just as much as the rest of you. But to write off an entire issue, an entire series, based on a single sentence that Bruce probably only told Barbara because he felt she needed to hear it? That says more about your own feelings than…
I’m glad you liked it…but I think people are seeing meta commentary where there is none. It’s not me or DC speaking to the audience, it’s Bruce, speaking to Barbara, the way I always like to write him, with love to someone he thinks of as a daughter.
Truthfully, I think meta-commentary in fiction is getting really trite and tedious…I feel like they are always trying to pander to me. It’s frustrating…and I’m kind of glad to be slowly moving away from it, if that makes sense.
Also, this doesn’t mean Cass or Steph couldn’t be or have been Batgirl, that never even crossed our minds. It’s just that Barbara is the first…then she had a hiatus. What happened to the name during that time is still open.
But I am glad you enjoyed it!