I really wish I was at Comicon right now so I could punch that douchebag Dan Didio in the throat. He is a malignant cancer in the vitals of DC comics.
Brian Q. Miller was allowed -- a full month ago in no lesser a publication than TV Guide
-- to reveal that fan-favourite character Stephanie Brown was going to appear in his Smallville Season 11
comic as Nightwing to newly introduced Bruce Wayne's Batman, news accompanied by art. Fans of Steph were excited and looking forward to reading the title, if they werenít already fans.
Now, come Comic-Con, probably the biggest industry related event, it startd with a strong rumour that Steph is getting pulled and replaced with Barbara Gordon. When asked, the VP of marketing stated that they were unaware of both the rumour
of her replacement -- or the one that she was going to be in the comic in the first place.
A day later, Dan DiDio himself says, "If we[re going to introduce guest characters into the Smallville universe, we want to introduce the most recognizable characters, like Barbara Gordon, Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne."
Which is, quite frankly, a pretty poor excuse considering the all the lesser known characters that Smallville showcased during its television run.
So now fans of Stephanie Brown, who were a month ago committing themselves to buying Smallville S11
, are left debating on if they should even bother spending their money, because frankly they donít want to give their hard-earned money to DC Comics for yanking their collective chains. However, DC's MO in the past makes it clear that they've pretty much fucked BQM: if Smallville's sale numbers drop with any significance for that issue -- having baited Steph's fans with a confirmed appearance, and then royally pissed them off by pulling her out of the book in a public confirmation at the biggest comic book convention of the year -- the blame will be placed squarely on his shoulders thus giving DC the leeway to replace the writer or cancel Smallville S11 altogether with "justifiable cause".
This is, after all, the same company that gave the Cassandra Cain version of Batgirl over to a writer who proceeded to brutally character assassinate her, then blamed the drastically tanking sales numbers of the mini series on the "clear unpopularity of the character amongst the general public and fans alike" as a final move in the plan to shunt the character into limbo and put Babs back in spande (a bullet temporarily dodged at the last minute by giving the role over to Steph before finally axing her for Babs in the DCnU).