Many of us have been hoping for an appearance from Batgirl in some form in the DCEU, but I don’t think any of us were expecting for her to get her own movie, and especially not one from
The character of Batgirl just celebrated 50 years since her debut in
Although the news suggests that they are drawing from writer Gail Simone’s run of
Batgirl: Year One #1-9 (2003)
Back in 2003, writers Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty wrote this nine-book maxi-series, which was to give Barbara Gordon the definitive take on the origin of Batgirl for the modern comics era. The art for this series came from then-newbie artist Marcos Martin, and everything has a crisp, retro (but not
In this series, Barbara is a fresh out of college teenager (having graduated high school early, because she’s a genius ya know), and wants to follow in her father Jim Gordon’s footsteps in law enforcement. She applies to the FBI Academy and the Gotham Police Department, and is rejected for being too short, too young, and (although it’s never explicitly said) for being female. So she goes her own route and becomes a vigilante, inspired not by Batman, but by super heroine Black Canary! (The Batgirl name is meant more as a practical joke on her father, Batman’s best bud).
There’s a lot of reasons this would be a great inspiration for Whedon; for starters, it’s always best to start at the beginning. Plus the notion of a heroine not being taken seriously because of her gender/age? I’d say the creator of
“The Cat and the Bat” (
Batman Confidential #17-21 2008)
During the time that Barbara Gordon was crippled and confined to a wheelchair as Oracle, there weren’t a lot of Batgirl stories being written about her, with DC focusing on the various legacy Batgirls like Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown. But there was one delightful Batgirl story about Barbara Gordon that was made during this period, and it happened not in her own title, but in the pages of the Bat-family anthology,
This humorous storyline was brought to us by the creative team of writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Kevin Maguire, and it features Batgirl’s very first meeting with Catwoman, when Selina Kyle steals a notebook from Commissioner Gordon and his daughter will go to any lengths to retrieve it. The story is filled with jokes, and has a lot of potentially cinematic action. The inclusion of lots of funny moments puts this squarely in Whedon’s wheelhouse. Plus, it would serve as a proper introduction to Catwoman for the DCEU (assuming this gets made before
Batgirl, Vol. 4, #19-25, 2013)
In this story from the aforementioned writer Gail Simone, Commissioner Gordon blames Batgirl for his son’s James Junior’s untimely death, and he goes after her with everything that he’s got, never once realizing he’s going after his own daughter. It’s a pretty dark subject matter to take on for the first ever
Gail Simone has become the definitive Barbara Gordon writer for years while writing the team book
“Batgirl of Burnside” (Collects Batgirl #35-40, 2014)
This is one of the most recent iterations of the character, following up Gail Simone’s run, but still within the confines of the
But before too long, Batgirl once again finds herself fighting villains like an online gossip monger with a cybernetic implant, twin assassins with an anime bent, and even a showboating “evil” Batgirl impostor in a glittery outfit, who may or may not be a man. These stories are certainly lighter in tone than anything Babs had to deal with in years.
All of these stories portray Batgirl as a youthful, dynamic character, and the art from Babs Tarr is fun and cartoony, but in a totally great way. Her costume redesign for the character draws from not only the original
Which Batgirl stories would you love to see inspire Joss Whedon’s movie version? Let us know down below in the comments.
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