Official: Stephanie Brown Was Robin – But Never Batgirl
The Anniversary titles that DC Comics has been publishing of late have, since Wonder Woman #750, been laying out the new DC Comics Timeline. Even as it is in flux, now that DC Publisher Dan DiDio has been let go. And certainly the new Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular out two days ago did not tie any robin down to any date, but did give them each a space and time to have been Robin, rather than the New 52 version of piling them all in. It also officially returned Stephanie Brown to having have been a Robin – but removed her time as Batgirl from continuity entirely.
Previously, Stephanie Brown first appeared in Detective Comics #647, created by Chuck Dixon and Tom Lyle. The daughter of the criminal Cluemaster, the character originated as the amateur crime-fighter named Spoiler. Later, she briefly became the fourth Robin and the fourth Batgirl. From 2009 to 2011, she was the star of her own ongoing Batgirl comic book series. In 2014, following a company-wide relaunch of all DC Comics titles as the New 52 in 2011, the character returned to the Spoiler identity in Batman Eternal, completely resetting her to the beginning of her crime-fighting career, never having been Robin or Batgirl. Rebirth was meant to have reset much of this and the new DC Timeline was intended to expand to allow all the different storylines to regain their place in continuity. 'Everything happened, everything matters' were the new watchwords. But not, it seems, being Batgirl.
Because the Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular catalogues and lists all the Robins, by the other names they are also known.
So Dick Grayson's entry also includes Nightwing, Agent 37 and Batman. Tim Drake's includes Drake and Red Robin. Jason Todd's includes Red Hood. But for Stephanie Brown?
Just Spoiler. Not Batgirl. That has been wiped out. And her history confirms it.