One of the big pieces of news coming out of the DC Comics September solicitations was that Batman would finally be making an appearance in the Smallville universe. But, as it turns out, that might not be the biggest news related to that particular comic book.
Smallville: Season 11 writer Bryan Q. Miller talked to TV Guide about the storyline and as it turns out, that’s not Robin on the cover with Batman, that’s Nightwing. And that’s not Dick Grayson, that’s Stephanie Brown.
As to why he picked Stephanie for the sidekick slot, Miller says, “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.” (Miller says it will eventually be addressed as to why Stephanie is Nightwing in this comic and not Batgirl.)
Bryan Q. Miller is, of course, in addition to being a former writer on the TV series Smallville, the writer of the cult favorite comic book series Batgirl, which featured Stephanie Brown under the cowl. Miller writing Stephanie again should be welcome news to fans of that series, assuming they can get over her apparent change in hair color and code name.
The issues of Smallville: Season 11 with Batman and Nightwing hit digitally in August, and comic book stores in September.