For those wondering how – if at all – Grant Morrison’s Batman Incorporated fits in with New 52 continuity, the news that the just-solicited Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes oneshot will feature Spoiler seems a little… unexpected. The oneshot contains the material originally solicited as Batman Incorporated #9 and 10, by Morrison, Cameron Stewart and Chris Burnham. As those with long memories may remember, the original solicit for BI #9 went a little something like this:
Is an exclusive girls’ finishing school a secret training ground for teenaged assassins? Find out the truth as Batgirl undertakes her most dangerous mission yet at the request of Batman.
So, it looks like we’re to assume that in New 52 continuity, Stephanie does exist, but was always Spoiler…? What with the strange “it all holds up, apart from the parts that don’t” (Hi, Batgirl!) continuity the franchise seems to have developed with the September relaunch, it’s possible that Batman has become to The New 52 what Superman was to Post-Crisis continuity. Which is to say, it’s better if you just don’t think about it too much.