The Batfamily announcements roll on with four new books with female protagonists.
Batwoman #1 written by J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and art by Williams III and Amy Reeder
Batgirl #1 written by Gail Simone and artist by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
Birds of Prey #1 written by Duane Swierczynski with art by Jesus Saiz
Catwoman #1 written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Guillem March
A couple of things of note here. The Batgirl announcement was rather conspicuous in not specifying which Batgirl she is. The rumors and the red hair would lead one to believe that it's Barbara Gordon (and the fact that there is no Barbara Gordon in the Birds of Prey image). Could it be Stephanie Brown in a red wig? Doubtful. It's probably Barbara Gordon and I'm fine with that. Also, here's your Duane Swierczynski announcement. While's not on a Batman book like many thought (hoped), that he's writing Birds of Prey is very interesting. Finally, note that all of the female characters seen so far in these DC announcements are wearing pants.
Update: It's Baraba Gordon. Here's writer Gail SImone:
“Barbara Gordon is pretty much my everything. Because of the Batman TV show, she was the reason I fell in love with superheroes. Because she was a redhead who could kick ass, she is the reason I fell in love with comics. She was always forward-looking as Batgirl, a girl who was smarter than the male characters, who had class and elegance and style, as well as tough-as-nails grit. For a long time, there was simply nothing else like her in comics, and for me and a lot of other readers, her every appearance was joyful and explosive.
For many years, I got to write the character as Oracle, and there is to this day, no character who means more to me. This is classic Barbara as she was originally conceived, with a few big surprises. It’s a bit of a shock, to be sure, but we’re doing everything we can to be respectful to this character’s amazing legacy, while presenting something thrilling that a generation of comics readers will be experiencing for the first time…
…Barbara Gordon leaping, fighting, and swinging over Gotham. Now, when citizens of that city look up, they are going to see BATGIRL.
And that is absolutely thrilling.”
Make sure to check out our Definitive Guide to the DC Reboot to keep track of all the new titles.