I don't know if there is already a thread for this somewhere else, if yes, can this one please be moved?
Here at CBR is a new interview with Beechen. But the interesting thing is that the interviewer says he is the guy who wrote the "10 Reasons Why 'Robin' Rocks." article on Wizard online. I was one of the people who was outraged by this article, and now he says he was totally suprised by the similar reaction he got from other Batgirl fans and feels like the victim of a witch hunt.
Now, I admit some Batgirl fans have expressed their feelings in an unpolite, even threatening way, and I certainly did not like this, although I share their views.
But I resent that Mr. Taylor gives the impression that all Batgirl fans are a mob with flaming torches.
If he reads this, I am more than happy to explain why I was rather insulted by his "10 Reasons Why 'Robin' Rocks."
I don't blame him if he likes Robin OYL, although I certainly disagree. But he wrote something like "also Cassandra Cain now gets an incredibly complex and great characterization" (I am paraphrazing from memory).
Mr. Taylor, I don't know if you ever read the Batgirl series. But It looks that you were not impressed by the character before. That's OK, that is your right.
But if the title character is turned evil in a way that a lot, if not most of her fans regarded as rediculous and history-contradicting, please don't call it "great character development". At least admit that this is a retconned, totally different character. Otherwise you sound like either you don't know what you are talking about or intentionally want to insult us Batgirl fans, like someone laughing at a funeral "Great! I'm so happy this guy is dead now!"
If you still consider Cassandra OYL was well-characterized, I recommend you to read the threads here dealing with the matter where we discussed this extensively.
Here only a short version: Mr. Beechen again claims Cass was fighting against her upbringing her whole life. That is just not true. The first time she was supposed to kill, as a child, she was so shocked by the dying man's body language, that she ran away from her father and lived on the streets for ten years until she became Batgirl to seek redemption. So you see, she was never "struggling for so long for her entire existence to overcome the way she was brought up" - the decision not to kill was an inevitable, natural reaction for her.
You call the character change "surprising yet inevitable, and excellently handled". Well, introducing an as yet unknown sister so that Cass is suddenly so jealous that she is not "special" anymore so that she starts killing although she knew perfectly well before (and did not care) her father had trained other children - that does not sound "inevitable" to me, sorry.
I know that if Alan Moore had used the "real" Question and the other original characters their fans would probably also have been outraged. But Robin OYL is not Watchmen, and evil Cass looks to me like a cheap, melodramatic villain, even ignoring her previous history. Some people might find it interesting to read stories of an alcoholic Superman who beats his wife. But please don't call something like that "inevitable".