Whats is up with all the different Batgirls and who is Oracle?

On December 6th, 2014, a user who wished to remain anonymous PM’d me on Reddit to ask the following question:

Whats Batgirls name? I know in the new52 shes Barbarra but did she used to be called stephanie (cassandra?) before the reboot? Also who is oracle

Fanart by JamieFayX on Deviantart.

Well, firstly, congratulations on making me feel super old, but here’s the answer to your question: :P

Much like how there have been a number of Robins throughout DC history – as they either move on (like Dick) or die (like Jason), multiple ladies have gone by the Batgirl name over the years. Below I’ll try and give you, in chronological order, a short overview of each. You can also click on the their name to their full wiki page if you want to know more.

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What is The Joker’s real identity?

On December 1st, 2014, someone – who has since deleted their Reddit account – asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

What is The Joker’s real identity?  (I bet DC can’t even answer this one.)

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“Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!” 

~ Joker, Batman: The Killing Joke, 1988.

While that certainly holds true – and his identity has never been concretely revealed – there’s a bunch of stuff we can talk about with this though! Firstly, there’s some staples that appear in most versions: Continue reading

At the time was Jason Todd heavily disliked because he wasn’t like Dick Grayson? How has his origin changed over the years?

On November 17th, 2015, /u/Stevezilla9 asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

My question is for those who were reading when Jason Todd was Robin. At the time was he heavily disliked because he wasn’t like Dick Grayson? If so, looking back are you glad that they made him out to be a different kind of Robin rather than being a copy of Grayson? Pre-Crisis wasn’t he a redhead who was also an orphan from a family of acrobats?

Pre Vs post-Crisis Jason Todd origins

Well, I wasn’t reading as it was a little bit early for me – I was born in 1985 – but I think I can help you. Continue reading