When i think about it, DC comics' The New 52 reboot has been a gift to writers who didn't want to adhere to the old continuity, and whose takes on the characters would have been previously considered 'Elseworld' at best ( DC's line of comics that dealt with unusual takes on recogniseable characters that was sadly shut down in the mid 2000's, with concepts such as a Victorian Era Batman, or a Soviet Union raised Superman ) and curious/horrid/missing the point fan fiction at worst.
My teeth still grind whenever i consider 'Worlds Finest' and it's i'm a good girl
( and daughter of Earth 2 Bruce Wayne ) Huntress and look at/sleep with me
Powergirl. The revised characterisations irritated considerably and they made me really miss the on-the-edge firebrand
( and not Bruce Waynes daughter ) Huntress and the overtly aggressive, but kind hearted and mildly conservative
( in behavior if not in dress choices
) Powergirl from the 1986-2011 DC universe. Admittedly this is only how i interpreted the characters and i only managed to last about 7 issues of the New 52's World's Finest, but those early issues are meant to form the characters for the readers.
Anyhow, while the New 52 characters are 'Best Friends Forever and ever and ever', the previous DC Universe versions weren't friends, at all. They couldn't be, and they had had very few if any conversations ( the most memorable was blurred with a Psycho Pirate Illusion which brought back Powergirls buried memories of Earth 2, presumably because someone really
wanted to bring aspects of the characters 1970's continuity back while ignoring the 1980's and 1990's ). The two heroines 1986-2011 era personalities would have rubbed each other up the wrong way if they had spent any real time together, given that Huntress was often on the verge of killing criminals while Powergirl was against killing. It might have been a greater challenge to pair them together in the New 52 had they retained their personalities, although it might have made a more interesting comic. Having two characters who are far more at odds than Superman and Batman, who might really dislike like the methods and attitudes of the other, but ultimately have to work together to return to their own universe, could have been interesting. But this was just not the case.
I presume Worlds Finest writer Paul Levitz's work does kind of hark back to the first few years of Powergirl and the Huntress before the 1986/7 reboot, when they were indeed friends, and Huntress was the daughter of Earth 2's Bruce Wayne, so I suppose he's putting the characters to how he always wanted them to be, which is his right as the writer. Or perhaps he's been firmly instructed by higher ups to take it in the direction it has, which has apparently happened with a lot of comic writers over the years. Either way it doesn't make it good though.
Still, i'm sure the current readers have no problem with the characterisations, as was pointed out to me by a new reader, this was how the characters were for them
, and they had no problem with it. Which is a point, i guess.
This link is to an earlier journal entry on the New 52 Powergirl of Worlds Finest fav.me/d622zlq