So, DC-comics has hired a Dutch artist to draw Batman for them. First Dutch person to work for DC, that’s good news.
He’s also going to take over the current run of Birds of Prey. Who the newspaper described as ‘Batman’s female ladyfriends’. Which caused me to somewhat overreact, because have you, the writer of said article, ever read a single issue of Birds? No? That’s what I thought.
The Birds are a group of superheroines put together by Barbara Gordon*, to do her legwork for her. They are awesome, kick-ass women being awesome and kick-ass. You could argue that through Barbara they are related to Batman, but he has no say about them whatsofuckingever.
It also makes it sound like of course women wouldn’t go out and be awesome if there wasn’t a man somewhere behind them to tell them to go forth and be excellent. It’s bad enough that Barbara becoming Oracle because she wanted to do so got retconned into Batman telling Barbara to become Oracle. It’s disingenuous to define them through their relationship to a man.
*Barbara Gordon was Batgirl until she got shot by the Joker. She survived, but was paralysed from the waist down. She decided to become Oracle, a big information-broker in the DC-universe, with ties to the Justice League and other groups.