Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Why Look: Another Post About Cassandra Cain

Over at CBR there's an interview with Adam Beechen, the writer best known around here for destroying Cassandra Cain. Let's deconstruct some of his quotes, shall we?

"Cassandra, having discovered she was not the only child to be raised by master assassin David Cain and that she'd essentially been lied to growing up, decided to become a force for the justice of her own definition, taking over the League of Assassins to use as her instrument."

Let me again reiterate something that every Batgirl fan has said regarding this so-called "motive": Cassandra already knew there were others. This was not something new. She discovered in the last arc of her solo series that David Cain had trained a great many other children in addition to herself.

She did not freak out. She did not go crazy. She did not start killing people.

And even if she hadn't known, why would that cause her to flip? The premise that she "discovered she'd been lied to" is absurd. Of course she'd been lied to. She already knew that. Her entire life was a lie. That's why she ran away from him.

And the idea that she'd become jealous of this other girl is even more absurd. Jealous because Daddy loved someone else? Ridiculous. Cassandra hates her father. She doesn't want anything to do with him. Why why why why why would she give a damn if he raised someone else in addition to her? Let's look at another quote:

"It's a big change, a fundamental change, and it represents a big twist in the longtime path of the character, her quest to overcome her upbringing. The way I think about it is, I know lots of people who've struggled against bad decisions or circumstances in their lives for a long time, only to suddenly backslide into their previous behavior."

Again, no. You can only "backslide" into a cruel, vengeful murderer if you were one to begin with. Which Cassandra Cain most certainly was not. She killed one person. She was sent to do it when she was a child -- she didn't know what death was. When she saw it, it horrified her, and she ran away. She never killed again (until all this awful OYL crap).

I'm sick of hearing all the bullshit about Cassandra being "a killer, born and bred." That is complete and utter crap. She was nothing of the sort. She was the child of killers and was trained to be a killer. But she was never a killer. Never.

And I will never accept any story that makes her into one.


At 10:11 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Just once when a writer takes over a book, it would be nice if they actually went back and READ some of the previous stories. Just once in my lifetime would be nice.

Oh, and that Doctor Polaris fellow is just dreamy.

At 1:43 PM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

Ah, thank you Mr. Beechen. Just when I was starting to question whether I should give Robin another shot, you say something profoundly irritating.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Doctor Polaris said...

Why... Thank you.

At 7:39 PM, Blogger DCUBoy said...

Hell ya! I couldn't agree more.

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Bully said...

Bravo. I mostly like the current direction of the Batman Family books, but there's still a lot of wrongs to be righted and cons to be retted for supporting characters COUGHLESLIETHOMPKINSCOUGH.

At 3:32 PM, Blogger The Fortress Keeper said...

I'm starting to think that Cassandra leading the all-new Outsiders would have been a more logical extension of the final Batgirl arc, or maybe making her an agent of Checkmate instead of Fire.

Either would be preferable, although I bet she's the traitor in Titans East who will avenge the destruction of Bludhaven.

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Matt D said...

I still get the feeling that Beecham (much like the situation Marz was put in years ago when he came on board all excited about writing great Hal Jordan stories)is just trying to make the best out of a tough situation.

Personally, I think the way to go is to have Ra's partially possessing her a la the Batman Beyond ep due to her time in the Pit, but that's just me.

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Soho said...

I'm usually not one to delve into self-affirmation, and I've tried to see this change of character in a postive light... but I can't, so reading that was interesting in that when I think about the point it drives home, I feel a bit more resolved about my stance on Cass' "character development."

It is a poorly executed idea. Plenty of things sound good on paper, making Cass a murderer is one of those ideas that obviously doesn't transition well when it comes to execution.

Thanks again.

At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Save your money in the meantime. Wait for the retcon :)


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