By combining youthful exuberance and style with classic comic sensibilities, Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr -- the creative team behind DC Comics' smash-hit "Batgirl" -- have created something easily accessible, upbeat and simply downright fun -- and set the tone for many of DC's new June titles.
Co-writer Fletcher and artist Tarr spoke with CBR TV's Albert Ching from the world famous CBR Tiki Room at WonderCon 2015 in Anaheim, CA to discuss how their oft-called "progressive" and "ultra-modern" comic actually stems from more traditional comic book storytelling, teased what's to come in the world of "Batgirl," and how they just couldn't resist crossing over with the new "Batman" status quo.
"In reality, this book is a throwback. In a way, Barbara Gordon is like Peter Parker," Fletcher said with a jokingly nervous look around. "It's that young person with young person problems who is also trying to balance superhero stuff. That's a bit of a throwback.
I don't feel like that's super progressive or super new," he added. "It's just like a great set of tools to build a superhero comic out of. And then we layer it with great fashion and modern stuff like cell phones and internet dating."
And when it came to the new Batman -- now revealed to be Barbara's father and Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon -- Fletcher said they weren't forced to address that change but there was no way they could resist doing so. "This was a choice we had," he said. "This was a situational change for the Batman character that we could not resist playing with in the 'Batgirl' book and I think it's going to be a ton of fun to write about and Babs is going to have a ton of fun drawing it."
"It should be fun," Tarr added. "I did a bunch of 'Tron' fan art so I'm not shy about mechanical things and robot suits. I used to love 'Gundam Wing' when I was younger. So, I'm excited.
"'Batgirl' has been a way for me to push my art and grow more," Tarr continued. "I'm always telling the guys -- they're like, 'Do you want to draw that?' and I'm like, 'Guys, write the best story and I will rise to the challenge.'"
"Most of this next arc of 'Batgirl,' you'd be interested to know," Fletcher continued, "is sort of built from a list of random things that Babs Tarr would like to draw."
And while Tarr didn't want to give too much away, she did reveal some tidbits from that list. "'Scooby-Doo' episode with Batgirl. Wrestling Batgirl. I was just naming ridiculous things."
"Batgirl" #41 arrives in stores June 24, 2015.