Father’s Day Photoset: Bruce & Cass
Okay. We knew I was going to have to talk about Cass and Bruce.
I adore these two and this relationship. Everyone makes a big to-do (and rightfully so) about the special dynamic that each Bat Kid added to the Bat Family through their introduction. Dick literally saved the soul of Bruce Wayne; Barbara invigorated the will and need for Batman; Jason taught Bruce more than any of the others about being a father; Tim reminded Bruce about the necessity of a partner; Steph gave Bruce a look into raw willpower; Damian gave Bruce a mirror to look through.
But we so often as a fandom find it hard to equate what Cass brought to the family through these simple terms. Perhaps because, like so much with Cass, it seems to be beyond words.
But Cass, from the beginning, was a symbol. She was the embodiment of Bruce’s mission, and she reminded him more than any other before her that the heart of Batman is ultimately, decisively human. She taught him that while tragedy can bear a certain strength, choosing to live beyond it is more powerful and more inspiring.
Cass embodied what Bruce always wanted Batman to stand for. And she provided him the chance to be a father again when, for so long after Jason, he couldn’t manage to think of doing so.
That’s why I love Cassandra. That’s why Bruce loved Cassandra. And that’s why you can’t leap over her time in his history, because Tim opened the door for partners again, but Cass opened Bruce’s heart to a family.
It always upset me that Bruce didn’t legally adopt her.
She is 100% legally, metaphorically, and in every possible way but biologically his daughter. He adopted her at the end of the ((awful)) Batgirl: Redemption Run mini series which is really only good for two things: it ended and Cass was adopted by Bruce officially and they had a cute hug.
Unfortunately this was very near the start of Batman: R.I.P. and so Bruce “died” very soon after the adoption. And we never get to see them share a panel or refer to each other again.
But Cass is Bruce’s daughter!!! OFFICIALLY!!!!
She is a Wayne.
She is the sister to Dick, Jason, Tim, and Damian.
She is Alfred’s granddaughter.
She is the daughter of Bruce Wayne, Batman.
And it’s because she chose that family for herself after leaving the only one she had ever known.
… sorry I get emotional about Cass being a part of the Bat Family.