I hate to believe in conspiracy theories, but as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of Stephanie Brown. Now, I’m not saying that Young Justice got cancelled because Stephanie Brown made a cameo, but I will say that literally every comic that Stephanie Brown has appeared in has been canceled, many times before ever being made (except maybe sorta kinda Batman Beyond). I mean, they suddenly pulled the episode she first appeared in from the air with absolutely no warning; they just didn’t run it that morning. Now, it’s been canceled as soon as they had a chance to announce that it wouldn’t be renewed. It’s almost as if DC only played the second half of this season because they had a contract with Cartoon Network.
I’ve talked before about how the refusal to use Stephanie Brown is indicative of an inexcusable refusal on DC’s part to attempt to gain any audience outside of what they already have, butI don’t think I’ve mentioned how it shows DC’s ridiculous editorial control exerted over their top creators. I can’t source this, but I’m fairly certain that Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison, Gail Simone, and Bryan Q. Miller among others have all asked to include her in the New 52. Not only does this include some of DC’s top tier writers (as far as I’m concerned Snyder is the most important creator on their payroll), it includes Grant freaking Morrison. They told Grant Morrison that he couldn’t use a character in his pretty much out of continuity series. Grant Morrison. The guy is regularly put on the same level as Allan Moore. You don’t tell him what to do.