Many Smallville fans exploded with absolute delight earlier this week as writer Bryan Q. Miller revealed that Batman would be coming to the universe for the first time in the series’ 11 year history in the second episode “Detective”, which will kick off digitally in two months. For plenty, this feels like a long time coming after requests were also vocal but never answered in the 10 year television run. One thing that remained mysterious, however, was the Robin-like character that appeared to be screaming at Batman with a sword in their hand right next to the Caped Crusader. Well it turns out today that it certainly isn’t Robin, but it’s a character that DC fans are familiar with.
In an interview with TV Guide, Miller revealed that the person actually hanging from the fire escape is a female Nightwing that will be accompanying Bruce Wayne into Metropolis, and her alter ego is that of Stephanie Brown celebrating her 20th anniversary this year when she first emerged into DC as the crime fighting vigilante spoiler. Since then, Brown has been Batman’s young partner Robin (one of only two female Robins in comics history next to Carrie Kelly from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight series) and even Batgirl up until The New 52 reboot last September.
Miller was the writer for Brown’s role as Batigrl from 2009-2011, and the scribe stated he choose Brown over Jason Todd or Dick Grayson because, “Bruce can be somewhat of an angry man. Stephanie’s personality is so can-do and unsinkable and bright, so it’s very much on purpose on Bruce’s part that he has a good cop going out on patrol with him every night.” He also says that it will in fact be addressed why Brown is in the Nightwing suit rather than Batgirl sometime in the comic’s run.
Smallville Season 11 continues digitally tomorrow with the latest $.99 chapter via the Comixology and DC mobile/web apps. Batman and Nightwing will appear beginning early August, while printed versions of the digital chapters are released in three chapter issues the first week of every month.
Along with the interview also came the colored version of the black and white teaser cover we saw earlier this week (click for a bigger look):