Barbara Gordon in other media

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Adaptations of Barbara Gordon in other media
Created byGardner Fox
Carmine Infantino
Original sourceComics published by DC Comics
First appearanceDetective Comics #359 (January 1967)
Films and television
Film(s)Batman & Robin (1997) (renamed Barbara Wilson)
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)
Batman: Bad Blood (2016)
Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Television
show(s)
Batman (1966)
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
The New Batman Adventures (1997)
Batman Beyond (1999)
Birds of Prey (2002)
The Batman (2004)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Young Justice (2010)
Teen Titans Go! (2013)
Beware the Batman (2013)
Gotham (2014)

Originally created in 1967, the fictional comic book character Barbara Gordon has been adapted into various other forms of media. The character has appeared in both live action and animated television series and films, as well as in video games in her alter-egos as both Batgirl and Oracle.

Film[edit]

Live action[edit]

In 1997, Alicia Silverstone portrayed Barbara Wilson / Batgirl in the film Batman & Robin. Unlike the comics, this version of Barbara is not the Comissioner Gordon's daughter but Alfred Pennyworth's niece. This change was probably made because Gordon and Batman are not as close in the movies as they are in the comics.

In March 2017, it was announced that Joss Whedon was in talks to write, direct and produce a Batgirl film as part of the DC Extended Universe.[1] The film will feature the Barbara Gordon incarnation of the character, with The New 52 comics by Gail Simone serving as "a starting point" for the film.[2] In April 2017, Whedon stated that he was fascinated by a character that chooses to be a vigilante, even though she hadn't suffered any tragedies in her life like Bruce Wayne / Batman, and that the damaged aspect of the character will be explored in the film.[3] In July, Geoff John's stated production on the film would begin in 2018. At San Diego Comic Con 2017, the title was announced to be Batgirl.

Whedon was to begin production on the film in 2018,[4] but stepped down in February 2018.[5] In April 2018, after impressing the studio with her work on Birds of Prey, Christina Hodson was hired as screenwriter for Batgirl as well.[6] The studio is actively looking for a female director.[7]

Animation[edit]

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout[edit]

Batgirl appears in LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League - Gotham City Breakout voiced by Sarah Hyland.

Batman: Under the Red Hood[edit]

Barbara Gordon is directly alluded to in Batman: Under the Red Hood when Jason Todd mentions "the friends the Joker has crippled" to Batman, most likely referencing to the night the Joker shot her to drive James Gordon insane.

Batman: Bad Blood[edit]

Barbara Gordon made a brief cameo in her Batgirl of Burnside costume at end of Batman: Bad Blood.

Batman: The Killing Joke[edit]

Tara Strong reprised her role as Barbara Gordon for the animated film adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke.[8] Her Batgirl costume resembles the one from The New Batman Adventures and her debut appearance in Detective Comics #359. Batgirl's role in the film was expanded from the source material, including depicting her decision to retire as Batgirl just before the Joker's attack after a tense case with a ruthless gang leader, as well as an encounter with Batman that ended with them having sex. There is also a post-credits scene where Barbara, some time after recovering in the hospital, now operates as Oracle. Barbara's role and portrayal in the film (which differs heavily from most other portrayals) has been heavily criticized as "cheap, misogynistic writing".[9]

The LEGO Batman Movie[edit]

Rosario Dawson voiced Barbara Gordon in The LEGO Batman Movie.[10] This incarnation is the new Police Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department after her father retires. But when the Joker causes chaos around the city and releases a few major non-DC comics villains from the Phantom Zone, Barbara helps Batman, Robin, and Alfred recapture the villains, and later on after she and the gang team up with the original Joker Gang, Barbara becomes Batgirl. Her Batgirl costume is purple with gold accents to reflect the costume from the '60s TV series.[11]

Batman and Harley Quinn[edit]

In Batman and Harley Quinn, a waitress wearing an exotic version of Batgirl's costume makes a cameo appearance.

Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold[edit]

In the 2018 animated crossover film Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, near the plot's climax Daphne Blake dons an old Batgirl costume which - with the mask and hood up - makes her strongly resemble Batgirl from the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies[edit]

Batgirl makes a silent cameo appearance in the movie.

Batman: Hush[edit]

Peyton R. List is set to voice Barbara Gordon / Batgirl in the animated Batman: Hush film.

Television[edit]

Live action[edit]

Batman[edit]

Librarian Barbara Gordon and her alter ego Batgirl were portrayed by Yvonne Craig in the third season of the Batman television series (1967–1968), where she appeared in all 26 episodes. Her Batgirl costume color was purple with gold accents and it also incorporated a long red wig to hide her real avocado-style, black hair.

In a promotional short,[12] librarian Barbara Gordon encounters millionaire Bruce Wayne and his "youthful ward" Dick Grayson at the Gotham City Public Library. As Gordon and Wayne become acquainted, Killer Moth and his henchmen (in full costume) discuss a plan of attack. One henchman suggests taking Bruce Wayne hostage, but Killer Moth shows reluctance, due to Wayne's alleged friendship with Batman. Moth directs the group to kidnap Wayne's business acquaintance instead, who also happens to be a billionaire. When Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson realize the presence of their adversaries, they quickly leave the library to change into Batman and Robin.

Yvonne Craig poses in the Batgirl costume from the television show, holding the cape open. The costume consists of a purple bodysuit, cowl, gloves, boots, a yellow cape and belt.
The late Yvonne Craig as Batgirl.

Meanwhile, Gordon is locked in the library's office by Killer Moth's henchmen, however, it is revealed there is a secret chamber within the office where she changes into Batgirl. When Batman and Robin arrive to apprehend Moth and his gang, all parties are shocked at the arrival of a Batgirl. Batman, Robin, and Batgirl defeat the villains with relative ease and Batgirl vanishes without revealing her secret identity. Batgirl's costume in the episode closely resembles that later seen in the series, though the design of her mask changes. The short also featured a unique version of the Batman theme, ending with the lyric "Batgirl!" rather than the usual "Batman!" (and accompanied by an appropriately modified Batman logo).

The promotional short was able to renew the series for a third season and add Batgirl to its regular cast. Batgirl's official debut was in the episode "Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin".[13] The Penguin kidnaps Commissioner Gordon's daughter Barbara, binds her to a chair and gags her, and hides her in the next-door apartment which is being redecorated. The dynamic duo make it their mission to rescue her. The Penguin plans to marry her, thinking that becoming Commissioner Gordon's son-in-law would make him immune from arrest. He ungags her and forces her to agree to this by threatening to have Gordon killed. Pretending to be locked behind a secured door, Barbara makes her transformation into Batgirl and assists Batman and Robin in defeating the Penguin as they have been gassed and hung over a vat of acid. During the episode, Alfred Pennyworth discovers her secret identity - but he vows never to reveal it. He claims she left a few minutes ago when the fight has finished, by which time Barbara has changed back.

During the third season, Batgirl aided Batman and Robin in solving several mysteries and even saved them from near death by herself on several occasions. Unfortunately, Batgirl's addition to the cast was not enough to save the series from cancellation. Although the promotional short has been mistakenly thought of as a pilot for Batgirl's own spin-off, it is highly unlikely ABC would have agreed to give her own series since Batman had been in danger of cancellation since the end of its first season. According to the book DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes, Batgirl's addition to the cast "was a sign of desperation. Ratings were down and there was hope that a new character might give the show a shot in the arm."[14]

Yvonne Craig once again appeared as Batgirl in a 1972 television commercial supporting women's rights (specifically, equal pay).[15]

The 2003 made-for-TV film Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt included scenes recreating the filming of the 1960s TV series. Erin Carufel plays Yvonne Craig / Batgirl, in the film.

Birds of Prey[edit]

Barbara Gordon appeared as Oracle as one of the main characters in the WB television series Birds of Prey, played by Dina Meyer.[16] The series was loosely based on the comic book of the same name.

Dina Meyer as Barbara Gordon from the television series Birds of Prey.
Dina Meyer as Oracle from the television series Birds of Prey.

In the 70 minute pilot episode, Alfred Pennyworth narrates the events which have led to the formation of the Birds of Prey. Years ago, when Batman defended the streets of Gotham City, he fathered a daughter to Catwoman which he never knew about. After the birth of her daughter Helena, Selena Kyle gave up her life as Catwoman and raised her child as a single mother. Bruce Wayne, apparently oblivious to the fact that he has a child, continues to fight crime in Gotham as Batman. Alfred tells that he "had trained many protégés over the years and one of them was Barbara Gordon, who called herself Batgirl." As Batman and Batgirl continued to fight the Joker for control of the city, the battle came to an end with Joker's loss. However, the Joker swore revenge not on Batman himself, but on those he loved. While a hit-man was sent to murder Catwoman, the Joker, in a scene adapted directly from The Killing Joke, guns down Barbara at her apartment. With Gordon paralyzed and Kyle dead, Batman abandons Gotham, never to be seen again.

Seven years later, in the present day, Barbara Gordon has now become "Oracle" and has adopted and trained Helena Kyle; the vigilante known as The Huntress. They soon adopt Dinah Redmond and the three vow to protect the city of New Gotham. During the series, Oracle is briefly reunited with Black Canary, described as her original partner in Birds of Prey (and the mother of Dinah Redmond), and in one episode dons the Batgirl costume once more in order to face off with Lady Shiva (while using an electronic device that allows her to temporarily walk again). In the final episode, she is able to improve her spine replacement device enough to engage in combat for several minutes though she collapses at the end of the battle. The series would last a total of thirteen episodes, leaving the mystery of Batman's whereabouts unresolved. However, a phone conversation with Alfred in Wayne Manor implies that the Dark Knight has monitored Birds of Prey activities in the city and knows of his daughter's existence.

Laeta Kalogridis planned several series highlights for the second season, including Dick Grayson's reintroduction (prompting a Barbara/Helena argument), as well as Koriand'r possibly appearing. Ollie Queen/Green Arrow would have joined Dinah, and thus the series would have progressed with a Cassandra Cain episode as well.

Arrow[edit]

Barbara Gordon's Oracle persona was briefly mentioned in the Arrow episode "A.W.O.L," where Oliver mentions that the reason he didn't choose Oracle as Felicity Smoak's codename is because it was taken, referencing Barbara Gordon and even possibly Batman's existence in the Arrowverse, but still they didn't appear in that series.

Titans[edit]

Barbara Gordon was mentioned in the Titans episode “Dick Grayson”, where Jason Todd lists her as one of the many people who has stated that Bruce Wayne was never the same after Grayson stopped being his partner. She is later mentioned by Dawn Granger when she lists those who were once close to Bruce, stating that she is missing after her father's death at the hands of the Joker. These references suggest that Gordon is or has been Batgirl within this universe as she knew of Grayson's close relationship with Bruce as Batman and Robin and has a close connection to both.

Executive producers Greg Walker and Akiva Goldsman have both stated that despite being part of the original planned cast for the series before it was created for the DC Universe streaming service, they are currently unable to use Gordon's character on the show, but remain eager to include her if ever possible. Due to this, many iconic scenarios related to Gordon have been used within the series without her character being involved; Grayson's complicated on/off romantic history with Granger, created specifically for the show, is reminiscent of his and Gordon's, suggesting that Granger's character to an extent is filling the role that the writers planned for Gordon. Todd being paralysed from the waist down by a super villain and placed into a wheelchair also reflects Gordon's own disability within the comic books and mirrors how she too was shot within The Killing Joke storyline. Likewise, her father being abused and photographed by the Joker is something that happened to her within the former storyline, too.

Gotham[edit]

Barbara Gordon, renamed Barbara Lee Gordon, appears in the fifth and final season of Gotham, portrayed by Jeté Laurence.[17]

Animation[edit]

The Adventures of Batman[edit]

The Barbara Gordon version of Batgirl made her first animated appearance in the 1968 series The Adventures of Batman. Jane Webb provided her voice. Her Batgirl costume is now a gray bodysuit (similar to Batman's) along with gold colored gloves, boots, bat-symbol and utility belt while her blue cape and cowl from the comics is retained. Also, the colors of the costume from the show appeared in the Bronze Age comics from the 1970s through the early 1980s. Barbara Gordon, this time working in the District Attorney's office instead of being a librarian, made several appearances in both her civilian persona and as her alter ego in the 1977 Saturday morning animated series The New Adventures of Batman. Adam West and Burt Ward reprised their roles to provide the voices for Batman and Robin, but Jane Webb was replaced by Melendy Britt for the voice of Batgirl.

Super Friends[edit]

Although not appearing in the television show, Batgirl does appear in some of the merchandise produced for the show using her design from The Adventures of Batman and the Bronze Age comics.

DC Animated Universe[edit]

Barbara Gordon has appeared in Bruce Timm's DC animated universe, with Batgirl voiced by Melissa Gilbert in Batman: The Animated Series,[18] by Mary Kay Bergman in the animated movie Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, by Tara Strong for The New Batman Adventures, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Gotham Girls, and by Stockard Channing during the first two seasons of Batman Beyond and by Angie Harmon during the last season of Batman Beyond and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.

Batman: The Animated Series[edit]
Typical depiction of Batgirl from Batman: The Animated Series: grey body-suit; blue scalloped gloves, cowl, and cape; yellow belt and bat-emblem.
Barbara Gordon as Batgirl in Batman: The Animated Series.

In Batman: The Animated Series, Barbara Gordon is introduced in the two-part episode "Heart of Steel",[19] where she assists Batman in saving her father James Gordon from the evil A.I. supercomputer HARDAC (although Fox Kids' original broadcast order has her first appearance in the episode "I Am the Night"). She makes her first appearance as Batgirl in the two-part episode "Shadow of the Bat" in which Commissioner Gordon is framed for corruption. Barbara asks Batman to appear at a public rally to support Gordon but the Dark Knight declines, citing more important things to do in investigating who framed Gordon. Barbara then decides to impersonate Batman at the rally, intending only to be seen in the shadows. But when there is a drive-by shooting, she leaps into action to assist. Robin appears as well and attempts to grab her, accidentally ripping the back of her mask which causes her hair to spill out. When media articles the next day ask the question "Who is Batgirl?", Barbara decides she can accomplish her goal with greater ease as Batgirl than as a civilian and redesigns her costume as a more contrast from Batman's. Her Batgirl costume is exactly the same from The Adventures of Batman and from the Bronze Age comics, but with blue gloves and boots to reflect Batman's costume while retaining the same gold bat-symbol and utility belt from the comics. She discovers that Gill Mason of the GCPD (under Two-Face's orders) is behind the frame-up and goes to rescue her father, only to complicate the rescue already underway by Batman and Robin. In the end, Batgirl is the one who captures Mason. Although Batman had been critical of her at first, the Dark Knight changes this thinking after witnessing her capabilities. Barbara's final appearance is in the episode "Batgirl Returns" in which she is seen having a flirting relationship with her classmate Dick Grayson at Gotham State University. In the movie Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Barbara Gordon appears a central character and her age is revealed to be 20. She is first seen wearing her Batgirl costume while fighting a thug. She is then kidnapped by an associate of Mr. Freeze because she is an exact match for a transplant needed to save Nora Fries. The bulk of the film showcases Barbara using her skills to evade Mr. Freeze while trying to escape her captor's hideout. Despite being against Mr. Freeze, Barbara admits that she feels sorry for Nora and is willing to do the transfusion but only in a hospital. Eventually, Batman and Robin locate her, and the three of them manage to destroy Mr. Freeze's hideout and escape. It's also shown in this film that Barbara is in a relationship with Dick.[20]

The New Batman Adventures[edit]
Batgirl as depicted in The New Batman Adventures: Black bodysuit and cowl; yellow bat emblem, belt, scalloped gloves, boots, and cape lining; blue cape; and red hair.
Barbara Gordon as Batgirl in The New Batman Adventures.

During The New Batman Adventures, Barbara Gordon appears as Batgirl as a recurring character.[21] Batgirl is eventually allowed into the Batcave and becomes a main character and is Batman's main partner. Batgirl was made an addition to the cast with producer Bruce Timm stating, "The consumer products division and the people at the WB wanted to make sure kids would watch the show, so they strongly suggested we include Batgirl and Tim Drake (as Robin) as a way of courting young girl audiences as well as young boys...We liked the Batgirl character and I certainly didn't mind putting her in the show."[22] It is also shown in the series that her previous relationship with Dick Grayson did not last. The episode "You Scratch My Back" emphasized this, portraying her relationship with Nightwing as strenuous. The episode "Over the Edge" also implies this as Nightwing "can't believe it ended like this for us or Barbara". The episode "Girls' Night Out" establishes Batgirl and Supergirl (Kara Kent) as close friends. Along with all other characters in the series, Barbara's civilian and superhero identity were redesigned. Her Batgirl costume was changed to a black body suit with yellow gloves, boots, bat-symbol and utility belt to match her original comic book design seen in Detective Comics #359. In the movie Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Barbara Gordon appears briefly when she calls Bruce Wayne to find out who Batwoman is. She expresses jealousy and Bruce dodges the issue by faking cellular phone problems. This is Barbara's only scene in the film and hints a crush on Bruce which she expresses with hinting that she misses Bruce.

Batman Beyond[edit]
Barbara Gordon as she appears in Batman Beyond.

Barbara Gordon appears in Batman Beyond. No longer the dashing beautiful vigilante she was in her youth, this version is a grim, bitter old woman that is the Police Commissioner. Her history is also a little revised: she and Bruce Wayne developed a romantic relationship at one point, after Dick Grayson had left, stating that "on the streets it was like ballet" but that "eventually it gets old" and she left, later thinking "[she doesn't] hate [Bruce]. [She hates] what [Bruce's] become. Such a great man - so alone.". Despite that she and Bruce are no longer together, she does care and wishes for Bruce to be happy. She resents Wayne dragging Terry McGinnis as a new Batman believes Bruce did with all the previous partners. Unlike her father, she states that vigilante justice "went out with the tommy gun" and insists Terry to give up being Batman. But she develops respect for the new Batman, assisting her in defending her husband Gotham District Attorney Sam Young from assassin Curaré. While she never officially endorses or helps him (as she never uses a Bat-Signal), she no longer threatens to turn him in and continually looks the other way, acknowledging his assistance in some cases even if she never asks for it. On one occasion, she was prepared to arrest Terry when she apparently witnessed the second Batman murder criminal bomber Mad Stan despite the fact that Terry's arrest would compromise her and Bruce's secret. However, Bruce and Terry succeeded in revealing that Spellbinder had simply created an illusion of Mad Stan's death; she subsequently awarded Terry with a civic service award as an apology. The precise future of her and Dick's relationship remains unknown but the Barbara tells Terry to "try looking up for Nightwing sometime" about how Bruce treated partners. In the movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Barbara Gordon appears as a supporting character. When the Joker returns from the dead, Terry McGinnis goes to her when Bruce Wayne refuses to talk about how this cannot be the Clown Price of Crime. When Bruce is recovering from the Joker's toxin, she reluctantly tells Terry the details: the Joker kidnapped, tortured and brainwashed Tim Drake into a miniature version of the Clown Prince of Crime. During the chaos, Batgirl faced off against Harley Quinn and watched as Harley fell to an apparent death. Tim killed the Joker who was buried under Arkham Asylum and covered up the events with her father's aid. Barbara also temporarily takes Bruce's place in advising Terry while tracking a couple of suspects as possible candidates for the Joker's true identity. At the conclusion of the film, she and Bruce visit Tim recovering in the hospital after the Joker's final defeat by Terry.

Gotham Girls[edit]

Barbara Gordon is also a featured character in the Flash animated web series Gotham Girls (2002). A joint production of Warner Bros. and Noodle Soup Productions, the series stars Batgirl protecting Gotham City from the criminal activities of Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Although not restricted to the animated continuity, the main characters were adapted from The New Batman Adventures.

Justice League[edit]

The character also made several brief cameo appearances in the Justice League animated series. While the Bat Embargo forbade the use of her character for the majority of the time, she appears in the episode "The Savage Time" [Pt. I] in the alternate timeline where she can be seen kissing Dick Grayson (as confirmed by the show's producers) and mentioned briefly in the episode "Comfort and Joy".[23] Barbara Gordon was originally planned to appear in Justice League Unlimited. The episode "Double Date" (scripted by Birds of Prey author Gail Simone) would have also featured Oracle's animated debut. But due to the restrictions on Batman-related characters, she was replaced with Green Arrow and the Question.[24]

The Batman[edit]

Batgirl drops in front of a charging Batman. The art for the comic book uses the same style as the animation for The Batman.
The Batman version of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl alongside Batman. Art by Jeff Matsuda.

Unlike previous Batman series, this version is established as Batman's first official sidekick instead of Dick Grayson which was also different from the comics.

Barbara Gordon appears on The Batman animated series, with Batgirl voiced by Danielle Judovits,[25] and Oracle voiced by Kellie Martin. She replaced Ellen-Yin as Batman's female ally for Season three onward. Her Batgirl costume color is purple along with a black cape, cowl, gloves and boots with dark purple highlights (which is an homage to the Batgirl costume from the 60's TV series) along with a gold bat-symbol and utility belt and has white eye lenses for the first time. She also has brown eyes instead of green.

She was first mentioned on the episode "Night and the City" and made her first appearance on the two-part episode "Batgirl Begins". This version is the teenage daughter of Gotham Police Commissioner Gordon and a student of Gotham High. Though an excellent gymnast, she has lost interest in gymnastics; however, her father wants her to continue in the hope she might attend an Olympic Games. Although not as interested in gymnastics, she finds police detective work fascinating - which worries her father. In addition to that, Barbara associates with her close friend Pamela Isley, a fellow student with a juvenile-detention record - something James does not like. During a battle with Temblor in the Chlorogene lab, Barbara sees Batman in action; after this, the seed to use her Batgirl persona is planted. The battle also causes Pamela to become the villainess Poison Ivy after an experimental plant mutagen fell upon her former friend. Batgirl arrives at Poison Ivy's lair to help Batman save Gordon (though she originally wanted to save her friend from getting into more trouble) only to find Batman under Poison Ivy's mind control. Batgirl is then forced to fight Batman. During the battle, she beat Batman in hand-to-hand combat by kicking the Dark Knight into a pond which freed Batman of Poison Ivy's control. After she defeated Poison Ivy and saved her father, Batman decides not to tell Gordon that his daughter is Batgirl. That first adventure, Batgirl says is 'only the beginning'. During her initial introduction, she demands to be called “Batwoman” until Commissioner Gordon calls her by the Batgirl name.

She aids the Dark Knight with numerous cases, proving herself as a trusted ally. Batman himself, despite never asking to have a partner, becomes fond of working with her - though would not admit it. At one point, in the episode "A Dark Knight to Remember", she has figured out that Batman is secretly Bruce Wayne as the billionaire is physically fit and can afford to purchase equipment that Batman would require. But Wayne suffered partial amnesia during that time which made Bruce lose the memory as the Dark Knight Detective which threw Barbara off. After she and Batman saved Gotham from Maxie Zeus's siege in the episode "Thunder", the Dark Knight gave her some spare gadgets and accepted her as a partner as she was in the loop, marking the only time Batgirl is Batman's first sidekick instead of Robin, which was different from the comics due to having Robin's character in another DC animated television series.

Batman finally let Barbara in on his own secret in the episode "Team Penguin" after getting Dick Grayson as a second partner. Deciding they needed teamwork training and to learn to trust one another more, the trio shares their secret identities (but Batgirl is reluctant to give up hers so Batman does it for her) and begins training. She and Robin develop a sibling-like relationship throughout the show, and gets annoyed when Robin refers to her as "Babs". In the two-part episode "The Joining", she participated in the battle to save Earth with Robin from the alien technological entity known as The Joining.

The episode "Artifacts" features her adult incarnation using a wheelchair (under unknown circumstances) using her Oracle identity. Oracle manages the cyber realms and has a joking yet more adult-like relationship to Nightwing. The distant future shows Batgirl, Batman and Robin are now legends similar to Robin Hood and the Merry Men and she's also known in these stories as Batwoman.

In the episode "Joker Express", Batgirl was under the Joker's control and Batman and Robin have perforce to fight her. While Robin was almost killed, Batman fought Batgirl briefly. The Dark Knight defeated her by making Barbara inhale an incapacitating gas which eventually restores her to normal after her body and mind begin to relax.[clarification needed] In the episode "Attack of the Terrible Trio", it is revealed that Barbara has graduated from Gotham High School at an early age and enrolled in Gotham University.

In the two-part series finale, Barbara and Robin once again join the battle against The Joining with the Justice League after they lost their powers.[clarification needed] After The Joining is once again defeated, she and Robin discuss the idea of forming their own junior Justice League.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold[edit]

The Barbara Gordon incarnation of Batgirl appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Mae Whitman. Her Batgirl costume is exactly the same in the comics and her debut in Detective Comics #359. In the teaser of the episode "The Last Patrol!", she saves Batman from Killer Moth in a flashback. In a present-day scene of the teaser, she and Batman end up in one of the Penguin's death traps. She returns in the episode "The Criss Cross Conspiracy!" in which she and Nightwing have to work alongside Batman (in Batwoman's body) and Felix Faust to save Batwoman (in Batman's body) at the mercy of the Riddler. Additionally, the fourth wall-breaking series finale "Mitefall!" sees Bat-Mite altering reality in order to make Batman: The Brave and the Bold "jump the shark" so that it will be cancelled and replaced with a more serious Batman series. In the end, he succeeds, and an in-universe commercial for the (fictional) replacement series reveals that the new show will focus on Batgirl instead, with Batman as a supporting character. Ambush Bug then compounds Bat-Mite's initial disappointment by pointing out that a darker, more serious series like the Batgirl show he has just instigated would not use a character as silly as Bat-Mite, leading the anti-hero to disappear into nothingness just before the end of the episode.

Young Justice[edit]

Barbara Gordon appears in the Young Justice animated series, voiced by Alyson Stoner. In the episode "Homefront", she is portrayed as a student at the Gotham Academy alongside Dick Grayson and Artemis Crock. She also had a cameo appearance in the episode "Failsafe" of standing in the crowd with Alfred Pennyworth. In Young Justice: Invasion, Batgirl has joined the Team during the five-year gap. She helps Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark) rescue U.N. Secretary General Tseng from Lobo. Her Batgirl costume is a gray bodysuit with black accents to mirror that of Batman's. In the episode "Alienated", she had a cameo with the rest of the Bat-Family invading a Krolotean facility. Batgirl returns in the episode "Beneath" as part of a team sent to investigate The Light's activities in Bialya. In the tie-in comics, she's shown to have a romantic interest in Dick Grayson, and appears to have a "friends with benefits" relationship.[26] In Young Justice: Outsiders, Barbara is now the wheelchair bound Oracle, and is in a relationship with Dick Grayson.[27]

Super Best Friends Forever[edit]

Barbara Gordon appears as one of the lead characters in Super Best Friends Forever, with Tara Strong reprising her role.[28] She is cheerful, and a go-getter to the rest of the group.

Beware the Batman[edit]

Barbara Gordon appears in Beware the Batman, with Tara Strong reprising her role.[29] Her kidnapping and rescue in "Allies" plays a role in cementing the beginning of Batman and Commissioner Gordon's partnership. In "Darkness", Barbara overhears a conversation between Katana and Gordon in how to disable the Ion Cortex's AI. She attempts to try to help out by stealing a police van and attempting to use the computers in it. Her father catches her, but eventually agrees to help her. Batman gives her the password to the Cortex ("Oracle") so she can hack it and take it down. The following episode, "Reckoning", forces her and her dad to infiltrate the lair of Ra's al Ghul to take down the Cortex, saving Gotham City in the process. After the black-out, she continues to assist Katana and Batman, taking the codename of Oracle. In "Alone", she joins other Outsiders such as Metamorpho and Man-Bat in assisting in the final battle against Deathstroke.

Teen Titans Go![edit]

Batgirl makes appearances in the Teen Titans Go! animated series, voiced by Tara Strong once again. She makes a cameo appearance at Titans East's party in the episode "Starliar" when seen dancing next to Aqualad before Robin obnoxiously cuts in. She is later seen in the episode "Staring at the Future" shown to be the future wife of Nightwing and the mother of their three babies. Her design resembles her appearance from The New Batman Adventures and her debut design from Detective Comics #359.

DC Super Hero Girls[edit]

Batgirl appears in the web series DC Super Hero Girls, with Mae Whitman reprising her role from Batman: The Brave and the Bold. She is a student at Super Hero High. The character appears in the television series of the same name, with Tara Strong reprising her role. Her Batgirl costume is once again purple with gold accents.

Video games[edit]

  • Barbara Gordon has also been adapted into several video games as both playable and non-playable characters. She appears as Oracle in the video game Batman: Dark Tomorrow[30] and as Batgirl in the video games Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu[31] and Batman Vengeance with Tara Strong reprising her role in both of them.[32] In Batman Vengeance, Batgirl is not playable; her role is comparable to Oracle's. These games are available on Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox.
  • Batgirl is an unlockable character in Lego Batman: The Videogame,[33] with vocal effects provided by Grey DeLisle. She can be played during free play. She shares Batman's attacks and suits.
  • Oracle appears in DC Universe Online, voiced by Kathy Catmull. She guides hero players through the story line missions and alerts the players to mission information and objectives to complete. She also alerts the players to new seasonal events when they are available.
  • Batgirl appears in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes as an unlockable character and a minor ally, voiced by Kari Wahlgren.
  • Batgirl appears in Young Justice: Legacy as a playable character, voiced by Danica McKellar.
  • Batgirl is the second DLC character to be released in Injustice: Gods Among Us, with Kimberly Brooks reprising the role from the Batman: Arkham series. From the Regime universe, Oracle originally supplied information to the Insurgency using her superior knowledge of technology to avoid detection by the Regime but after her father Jim Gordon died from cancer (accelerated by the Kryptonite pill), she took up the Batgirl mantle and set out to stop Superman and the Regime.[34]
  • Batgirl appears in Scribblenauts Unmasked in Arkham Asylum. She and Maxwell go up against Scarecrow and Doppelganger. Afterwards, Maxwell goes back in time to fix her spine.
  • Batgirl appears in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham as a playable character, with Kimberly Brooks reprising her role once more.
  • The Lego Batman Movie version of Batgirl is playable in Lego Dimensions.
  • Batgirl appears as a playable character in Lego DC Super-Villains, voiced again by Tara Strong. She and Nightwing attempt to take down a group of Gotham's worst villains, led by the Joker, during their raid on the GCPD. They pursue the villains to the Iceberg Lounge, where they are eventually defeated by Catwoman, Riddler, and Clayface.

Arkham series[edit]

Oracle in a promotional image for Batman: Arkham Knight.
Batgirl in a promotional image for Batman: Arkham Knight.

Throughout the Batman Arkham series, Barbara Gordon is voiced by Kimberly Brooks in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, by Kelsey Lansdowne in Arkham Origins, and by Ashley Greene in Arkham Knight.[35]

  • In Batman: Arkham Asylum, she communicates with Batman over the radio during Batman's time in the Asylum Asylum to help the Dark Knight deduce the Joker's latest plan. She never appears in person but an artist's drawing of her is seen in her bio.
  • In Batman: Arkham City, Alfred Pennyworth serves as Batman's guide over the radio for the first part of the game, and Oracle first appears in the Museum over the radio. No reason is given as to her absence up to that point. She and Alfred talk to Batman over the radio helping stop Hugo Strange, track other inmates and villains like Deadshot as well as intercepting radio broadcasts and aiding the Dark Knight in various side missions.
  • In Batman: Arkham Origins, her father James Gordon is initially hostile to Batman unlike the teenage Barbara. While Barbara immediately expresses admiration, she helps Batman access the National Criminal Database in the GCPD. She eventually manages to hack into Batman's communicator and asks help in finding and disabling the Penguin's weapon caches, working alongside the Dark Knight for the first time.
  • In Batman: Arkham Knight, Oracle helps Batman track down Scarecrow at the start, but is later kidnapped by the Arkham Knight. After Batman has a flashback of Barbara's paralysis and Gordon breaks off their alliance with Batman, the Dark Knight brings out Barbara's old Batgirl suit and looks at while reminiscing her career as Batgirl. Batman then goes on a quest to find and save her but is tragically too late. The Scarecrow apparently subjects her to his newest toxin and she goes mad, committing suicide. This drives Batman to become more determined than ever to stop Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight. But she is later revealed to be still alive - her death was part of another fear-toxin-induced hallucination. After Batman rescues Barbara and brings her to the GCPD for protection, she helps the Dark Knight fight off a wave of the Scarecrow's militia's drone forces and is shown to be engaged to Tim Drake at the end of the game. Batgirl appears in the DLC story episode Batgirl: A Matter of Family (set before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum). Batgirl and Robin infiltrate a defunct oil rig and work together to battle the Joker and Harley Quinn who have kidnapped Commissioner Gordon and other Gotham PD officers.[36] In the Arkham Episode A Flip of a Coin (set some time after the main game's ending), Barbara assists Robin in apprehending Two-Face in Hell's Gate Disposal Services.

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