Barbara Gordon



General Information

Real name:

Barbara Gordon

First Appearance:

As Batgirl:
Detective Comics # 359
( January 1967 )
As Oracle:
Suicide Squad # 23
( January 1989 )

#359(January 1967)(January 1989)

Created by:

( concept )
( writer )
Carmine Infantino ( artist ) William Dozier (idea) Julius Schwartz (concept) Gardner Fox (writer)Carmine Infantino (artist)

Developed by:

Kim Yale (writer)
John Ostrander (artist)

Reading: Barbara Gordon


Batman family
Birds of Prey
Justice League


Skilled martial artist
Genius-level intellect
Superb hacker
Skilled detective
Photographic memory

Portrayed by:

Yvonne Craig
( voice )
( voice )
( spokesperson )
Dina Meyer
Danielle Judovits ( voice )
Kellie Martin ( voice )
( voice )
( voice )
Alyson Stoner ( voice )
Jeté Laurence
Amy Landecker ( voice )
Savannah Welch
( spokesperson )
Leslie Grace Melissa Gilbert (voice) Mary Kay Bergman (voice) Tara Strong (voice)Danielle Judovits (voice)Kellie Martin (voice) Kimberly Brooks (voice) Ashley Greene (voice)Alyson Stoner (voice)Jeté LaurenceAmy Landecker (voice)Savannah Welch America Young (voice) Barbara “Barb/Babs” Gordon is a superheroine and extremity of the Batman Family. Created by William Dozier, Julius Schartz, Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino, she is the daughter of Commissioner James Gordon and an ally of Batman and Dick Grayson. From 1967 to 1988, she operated as the superheroine Batgirl, serving as the second character to use the identity. Barbara continued to operate, though was forced into retirement due to her crippling during Batman: The Killing Joke. From 1989 to 2011, Barbara operated as the datum broker Oracle, using her skills in Information Technology to help both the Batman Family and other superheroes. Under the identity, she was a penis and drawing card of the superhero team Birds of Prey. Barbara returned to the Batgirl identity during 2011 ‘s The New 52, headlining both the fourthly and fifth volumes of the Batgirl amusing serial, and respective Birds of Prey titles. Following 2020s, she was reintegrated into the Oracle function, serving as a supporting character to Batman and a main character in the Batgirls comic series. As Batgirl, Barbara Gordon has been described as one of the most popular characters to appear during the Silver Age of Comic Books. She besides became a pop culture icon due to her appearances in the 1960s Batman television series and continue media exposure. During the early 1970s, the character was besides used as an recommend for women ‘s rights. however, her discussion in The Killing Joke has often come under criticism, often being cited as an ill-famed exercise of “ fringing ” female characters. however, her development as oracle by John Ostrander and Kim Yale in the aftermath has often been praised. Barbara Gordon is the most-often adjust interpretation of Batgirl in media relating to the Batman franchise, including films, television, vivification and video games. ascribable to this, she is often the character most heavily associated with the Batgirl identity .


Batgirl ( 1966–1988 )

Editor Julius Schwartz claimed that when planning the new Batgirl ‘s comic ledger debut, he had considered the character to be a fomite that might attract a female viewership to the Batman television series of the sixties. When producers William Dozier and Howie Horowitz saw pugnacious concept artwork by artist Carmine Infantino during a visit to DC offices, they optioned the fictional character in a bid to help sell a third season to the ABC television receiver network. Actress Yvonne Craig portrayed the character in the picture ‘s one-third season. When interviewed on his engagement with creating Batgirl, Infantino states- Batgirl came up in the mid- ’ 60s. The “ Batman ” television producer called Julie and said Catwoman was a hit, could we come up with more female characters ? Julie called me and asked me to do that. I came up with Batgirl, Poison Ivy and one I called the Grey Fox, which Julie didn ’ thymine like arsenic a lot. Bob Kane had a Bat-Girl for about three stories in the ’ 50s, but she had nothing to do with a bat. She was like a annoying girl version of Robin. I knew we could do a distribute better, so Julie and I came up with the actual Batgirl, who was so popular she about got her own television express. Barbara Gordon and interpolate ego Batgirl debuted in Detective Comics # 359 ( cover-dated 1967, although the comedian was actually released in belated 1966 ) as the daughter of Gotham City ‘s Police Commissioner James Gordon. Barbara Gordon ’ s Batgirl had been preceded by an earlier Bat-Girl character, which was depicted as niece and buddy to Batwoman. Gordon exceeded these earlier figures in popularity, and readers requested for her to appear in early titles. In an open letter to readership in Detective Comics # 417 ( 1971 ), DC responded to the fan-based applaud and criticism of the newly fictional character. I ‘d like to say a few words about the reaction some readers have to Batgirl. These are readers who remember Batwoman and the other Bat-girls from year ‘s back … They were there because romance seemed to be needed in Batman ‘s life. But thanks to the big change and a farseeing editor, these hapless females are gone for good. In their place stands a girl who is a capable crime-fighter, a far cry from Batwoman who constantly had to be rescued from Batman .
Following the amusing koran introduction of Barbara Gordon, Yvonne Craig besides promoted the comic book personification of her character. The actress was featured in photograph shoots reading her “ front-runner comedian of all time, ” “ The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl. ” While actress Yvonne Craig as Batgirl appeared every week in the new season of Batman, DC Comics featured Batgirl on respective covers of Detective Comics, often overshadowing Batman and Robin in order to promote the modern heroine. On the cover of Detective Comics # 369, Batgirl argues with Batman over whose buddy Robin should be. Batgirl became a blithe passing from the torment characters of Batman and Robin, each depicted as fighting crime to avenge the death of their parents. Gordon ‘s motivation for crime fight was written as being wholly altruistic and, unlike Batwoman and Bat-Girl, mugwump of a male superhero. In her civilian identity, Dr. Barbara Gordon Ph.D. is not only depicted as an freelancer charwoman with a doctor’s degree in library skill, she is read/write head of Gotham City public library ; “ presumably one of the largest public libraries in the DC Comics interpretation of reality. ” The character ‘s civilian career as a library professional, coupled with her alter-ego as a crime-fighter is considered to be emblematic of the women ‘s authorization movement of the 1960s .
Batgirl continued to appear in DC Comics publications throughout the belated sixties and seventies as a supporting character in Detective Comics, in addition to guest appearances in respective titles such as Justice League of America, World ‘s Finest Comics, The Brave and the Bold, Action Comics and Superman. The character was besides given a starring role in DC ‘s Batman Family amusing reserve which debuted in 1975. The original Robin Dick Grayson became her partner in the series and the two were frequently referred to as the “ Dynamic Duo : Batgirl & Robin. ” Although this series ended after three years of issue, Batgirl continued to appear in back up stories published in Detective Comics until DC formally retired the heroine in the one-shot comedian Batgirl Special # 1 ( 1988 ). Although permanently retired, Barbara Gordon ‘s personification as Batgirl remains one of the most popular and high profile characters of the Silver Age of Comic Books .

batman : The Killing Joke ( 1988 )

As the years went on, however, Barbara found her function as Batgirl less and less carry through, and she finally more or less retire. That ‘s when The joker showed improving at her house, shooting and paralyzing her and when he kidnapped her Uncle Jim. Batman rescued Jim Gordon, but 19-year-old Barbara Gordon ‘s career as a crime fighter was over. She spent a calendar month in a deep depression. During the early eighties, Batman editors sporadically put Batgirl into retirement ; the character resumed her function for special cases. In 1988, Alan Moore discussed writing The Killing Joke with editor Len Wein, and the two agreed that Barbara Gordon, presently in retirement, was disposable enough for the character ’ s career to come to a permanent end. Although events in The Killing Joke exert a capital impingement on the character, the history has little to do with Gordon. She is deployed as a diagram device to cement the Joker ’ s vendetta against Commissioner Gordon and Batman. critical reception of The Killing Joke has been mixed — while some commentators have been appalled by the treatment of Barbara Gordon, others have regarded The Killing Joke as one of the greatest Batman stories of all time. Despite Moore ‘s writing, Valerie D’Orazio, a former editor at Acclaim Comics and DC Comics has denounced the book, citing “ It does n’t take the position of a woman into history. It does n’t take into account that some women might be so very disgusted with the record [ and ] what happens to Barbara Gordon in it. ” In reply, Laura Hudson, Senior editor program of Comic Foundry Magazine comments, “ You ’ re supposed to be disgusted with what happens to Barbara Gordon … because it ’ mho disgusting … As a charwoman and as an adult, I can deal with fictional characters performing condemnable acts towards women … When they ’ re used not gratuitously but for a purpose, as I believe they were in The Killing Joke, that ‘s precisely what they ‘re supposed to do. ” The Joker ’ randomness aggravated assail of Barbara Gordon has become a classic example of Women in Refrigerators syndrome, in which “ austere injury or death of a female amusing koran character [ occurs ] as a mean to antagonize a male superhero. ” Following the release of the graphic novel, comedian koran editor program and writer Kim Yale discussed how distasteful she found the treatment of Barbara Gordon with her conserve, companion comedian writer John Ostrander. Rather than allow the character to fall into obscurity, the two decided to revive her as a character living with a disability .

Oracle ( 1988–2011 )

Recognizing she could no farseeing be the kind of superhero she had been, she alternatively devoted all her clock to developing one of the worldly concern ‘s most complex and mighty calculator systems and set to work accumulating information, renaming herself “ Oracle. ” Blessed with a photographic memory, Barbara reads dozens of the global ‘s top newspapers and magazines daily. She ‘s besides constantly gathering data from other, less public sources, such as the CIA ‘s central processing unit, not to mention the data networks of the FBI, NSA and Interpol ( all without their cognition or consent ). prophet has proven an absolutely invaluable resource to the Batman and his allies, a well as countless other superheroes, few of whom know anything about the person behind the name. Oracle has formed an confederation with colleague heroes Black Canary and The Huntress to aid those in need. together, they are the Birds of Prey, combining their alone abilities and skills in the war against crime and panic. Both Yale and Ostrander would oversee the development of Barbara Gordon ‘s newly character as Oracle for the next respective years. The character made her first comedian koran appearance as Oracle in Suicide Squad # 23, anonymously offering her services to the government ‘s Task Force X. In the play along two years, Oracle, under pen of Ostrander and Yale, made guest appearances in versatile DC titles until her identity was revealed to be Barbara Gordon in Suicide Squad # 38 ( 1990 ) and she formally becomes a member of the Squad in emergence # 48 following an invitation from fabricated government agent Amanda Waller. In 1992, Dennis O ’ Neil gave Barbara Gordon ’ s Oracle a star function in Batman : sword of Azrael # 1, where she became Batman ’ s lone generator of information. This newly forged partnership established Oracle ’ sulfur status as Batman ‘s cerebral equal .
The success of Chuck Dixon ’ s Black Canary/Oracle : Birds of Prey ( 1996 ) lead to the amusing serial Birds of Prey starring the two title characters. Kim Yale and John Ostrander tell the beginning of Oracle in “ prophet : class One, ” a narrative arc contained in Batman Chronicles # 5. Since the launch of Birds of Prey, the Oracle quality has become a high-profile figure in the DC Comics universe – moving beyond her ties to the Batman Family and forging alliances with groups such as the Justice League of America. Gail Simone took over as writer of Birds of Prey with write out # 56, taking the series in a “ Bold New Direction ! ” In an consultation with Columnist Jennifer Contino, Simone explains her affection of Barbara Gordon : Kim Yale and John Ostrander picked up the character and made her into a brilliant overcome computer operator and one of the most fascinate characters in comics. From there, Chuck Dixon did fantastic things with her in his Birds of Prey run … She ’ s fantastic because even good sitting in a professorship in a dark room by herself, she ’ s enormously compelling. The DCU without her would be a much less interesting place. Throughout the course of the character ‘s history, Barbara Gordon ‘s intelligence has been one of the quality ‘s specify attributes. According to BusinessWeek, Oracle is listed as one of the top ten most intelligent fictional superheroes appearing in american comics and is the only female character to appear on the list .

Despite the institution of Gordon ‘s character as Oracle, some observers have argued for the character ‘s mobility to be restored. Reacting to Batman : The Killing Joke and Barbara Gordon ‘s late character development as Oracle in Batman : Gotham Knights, Ray Tate, a reviewer at Comics Bulletin, writes, Let ‘s get this out of the way first. There is absolutely no reason why Barbara Gordon should be in a wheelchair. Alan Moore and Brian Bolland meant The Killing Joke as an complex number narrative dealing with the iconography of Batman and the Joker … [ Batman ] himself is a certifiable brilliance in biochemistry. There are countless examples of Batman employing that which is merely theoretical in his fight against crime. His cognition of stem turn cell technology should surpass that of the real world. There is plainly no reason for Barbara Gordon to be confined to that wheelchair. Regarding Gordon ‘s representation as a character living with a disability, and her potency as a champion compared to her embodiment as Batgirl, Tate comments, It ‘s pathetic to think person wakes up thinking how lucky they are to be confined to a wheelchair, and so far the position around DC and among the fans is that Oracle is the better character over Batgirl because of her hindrance. rubbish. Batgirl has fought more crime and done more to aid Batman as Batgirl than she has deoxyadenosine monophosphate Oracle. Batgirl has saved Batman ‘s life on numerous occasions. Oracle has not. Barbara in this incarnation is not a bad character, but she is not better because she no longer hunts the night in cape and hood. Alex Ross and Paul Dini have made attempts to return the character to her original creation. Ross explains in an consultation : Paul Dini had this idea of putting Barbara Gordon in the Lazarus Pit to revive her … I thought it was a great idea, and we pitched then-Batman editor Denny O’Neil with these drawings of that costume design. The theme of using the loss alternatively of the traditional yellow was meant to invoke the idea that coming from the Lazarus Pit, she was in a direction, more compromised as a fictional character … And … that went nowhere. Denny shot it down, because, according to him, everybody loves Barbara Gordon as Oracle and as a handicap character. The theory was that DC did n’t have enough disabled characters, so they were n’t going to do anything with Barbara as she was. And the design went into the draftsman. ” Kate Kane, the advanced Batwoman introduced during 52, wears a discrepancy of Gordon ‘s Batgirl costume designed by Ross. Some argue that the Barbara Gordon character provides a greater service to DC Comics and its readers in her current status, careless of the events which preceded Oracle ‘s creation. DC Senior Vice President Dan DiDio comments, “ Some stories … are so strong that undoing them would be a crime. The DCU would be a lesser seat without Barry ‘s sacrifice, or the cripple of Barbara at the hands of the Joker. ” Although critical reception of Barbara Gordon ‘s evolution into Oracle have been mixed among critics and other observers, according to John Ostrander- “ We have, over the years, on those occasions when I have worked with the character, gotten some letters from those who have disabilities of one stripe or another and all have been very supportive. I feel very gallant for my part in creating Oracle. ” Ostrander has besides spoken about the value of Oracle to both DC Comics and its winnow base : What makes the runaway success of the Oracle character more remarkable is that it began during an earned run average where black heroes with bad guns were ruling the day. Without much flourish, Barbara Gordon has become the most democratic handicapped character since Charles Xavier. In fact, Oracle ‘s nature as a handicap superhero and a function model is about never mentioned by the party or fans … There WAS some estimate of her being a function model, I think … We wanted her to cope with what had happened to her and becoming, in many ways, more effective as oracle than she always was as Batgirl. And we knew that others with disabilities might look at her and feel beneficial reading about her … I do n’t think people ‘dance around ‘ her disabilities as they do n’t want to focus on them but on her character. These should n’t be stories about a disabled person ; they are stories about a compelling intrigue character who HAPPENS to be in a wheelchair and I think that ‘s correct. Barbara is n’t her handicap ; there ‘s more to her than that .

Silver Age

Barbara Gordon ‘s classic Batgirl costume was designed by artist Carmine Infantino. In her master adventures during the Silver Age of Comics, Batgirl is depicted as a librarian by day, and a spirited crime-fighter by night. In her debut fib, while driving to a costume ball dressed as a female version of Batman, Barbara Gordon intervenes in a kidnapping attempt on Bruce Wayne by the nefarious Killer Moth, attracting the Dark Knight ‘s care and leading to a crime-fighting career. After a handful of guest appearances in Batman stories, she was given her own back-up denude in Detective Comics. The character was fleshed out well, with the shy, mousy, bookworm adaptation of Barbara Gordon giving way to a more modern, convinced character. barren of her plain-Jane glasses and hair bun, Barbara dates a succession of boyfriends, including Vietnam-veteran-turned-private-investigator Jason Bard. In summation to her appearances in both Detective Comics and Batman, Batgirl made a guest appearance in World ‘s Finest Comics # 169 ( 1967 ) where she met Superman, Supergirl, Bat-Mite, and Mxyzptlk for the beginning clock time. She besides fights alongside the Justice League of America against the nefarious Queen Bee. Supergirl and Batgirl find again in Adventure Comics # 381 ( 1969 ) when both heroines individually investigate a female criminal gang. Her back-up stories appear sporadically in Detective Comics until the mid-1970s. Although she occasionally partners with Robin, she more frequently works with Jason Bard, a Vietnam War veteran with a chronic knee injury who becomes a private detective. Bard is a quixotic interest of Barbara ‘s, a well. Batgirl reveals her mystery identity to her forefather ( who had already discovered it on his own ), and serves as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She moves to Washington, D.C., intending to give up her career as Batgirl and in June 1972, appeared in a floor entitled “ Batgirl ‘s final Case. ” Editor Julius Schwartz brought her back a year late in Superman # 268 ( 1973 ), in which she has a blind date with Clark Kent, establishing their friendship, and fights aboard Superman. Batgirl and Superman team up doubly more, in Superman # 279 and DC Comics Presents # 19. Batgirl besides guest-starred in early Superman relate titles such as # 453 of Adventure Comics, and in Superman Family # 171, where she teams with Supergirl .

Bronze Age

In 1975, DC created the Batman Family comic book, which ran for 20 issues. Batgirl was one of the main features in the bible, frequently teaming with Robin. Batgirl meets Batwoman in Batman Family # 10, when the retire superheroine returns to crime-fighting. The two fight Killer Moth and The Cavalier, and learn about each other ‘s secret identities. When Batman Family ended at issue # 20, stories featuring these characters were merged with Detective Comics, beginning with issue # 481 in 1979, and Batgirl continued her adventures there. even after the “ Batman Family ” sport left Detective Comics, Batgirl continued to appear in the back-up stories through issue # 519 ( October 1982 ) .
crisis on Infinite Earths, a limited mini-series published in 1985, was written in order to reduce the complex history of DC Comics to a individual continuity. Although Batgirl is a featured character, her character is relatively small- she delivers Supergirl ‘s eulogy at the conclusion of the narrative. The decision of Crisis on Infinite Earths changed DC Universe continuity in many ways. Following the boot, Barbara Gordon is born to Roger and Thelma Gordon, and she is Jim Gordon ‘s niece/adopted daughter in current canon. Post-Crisis, Supergirl does not arrive on Earth until Gordon has established herself as Oracle ; many adventures she shared with Batgirl are nowadays retroactively described as having been experienced by Power Girl. In Secret Origins # 20 : Batgirl and the Golden Age Dr. Mid-Nite ( 1987 ), Barbara Gordon ‘s beginning is rebooted by generator Barbara Randal. Within the storyline, Gordon recounts the series of events that lead to her career as Batgirl, including her first gear meet with Batman as a child, studying soldierly arts under the care of a sensei, memorizing maps and blue prints of the city, excelling in academics in regulate to skip grades and pushing herself to become a ace athlete .

modern Age : exit Batgirl, Enter Oracle

The Modern Age of Comic Books had significant changes to the comedian book industry as characters became dark and psychologically building complex, abandoning the blithe themes of earlier ages. After her back-up series of stories ended, Barbara Gordon continued to be Batgirl, but increasingly felt inconsequent in a world filled with super-powered heroes. After capturing the Commorant in Batgirl Special # 1 ( 1988 ), Gordon retires her Batgirl persona. In Batman : The Killing Joke ( 1988 ), the Joker shoots Barbara, intending to drive her beget James Gordon into lunacy. The bullet train severs her spinal column, permanently paralyzing her from the shank down. Gordon is bereaved upon learning the extent of her injuries, as is her ally and off-on again fan Dick Grayson, the original Robin presently known as Nightwing. initially, Gordon ‘s paralysis plunges her into a state of reactive natural depression. however, she soon realizes that her aptitude for and training in information sciences have provided her with enormous skills that could be deployed to fight crime. In a world increasingly centered on engineering and information, she possesses a genius-level reason ; photographic memory ; deep cognition of computers and electronics ; expert skills as a hack ; and graduate education in library sciences. One nox, Gordon has a dream in which an all-knowing woman ( alike to Oracle at Delphi of Greek mythology ) has her own face, it ‘s then that she adopts “ Oracle ” as her codename. She serves as an information agent, meet and disseminating intelligence to jurisprudence enforcement organizations and members of the superhero community. In “ oracle : year One, ” Oracle besides trains under the care of Richard Dragon, one of DC ‘s premier martial artists, to engage in battle ( using eskrima ) from her wheelchair. She develops her upper-body persuasiveness and targeting skills with both firearms and batarangs. In her second appearance as a hacker in the DC Comics population, Oracle is featured in the 12-issue mini-series The Hacker Files ( 1993 ). In 2003, comic ledger authors Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon revised Barbara Gordon ’ s origin with the mini-series Batgirl : year One Gordon is a highly gifted child having graduated from high school early, but initially desires to join law enforcement as opposed to vigilantism in the former origin myths .

Birds of Prey

Following her paralysis and recovery from depression, Oracle founds the Birds of Prey, a team of female heroes, whom she employs as agents and extended members of the Batman team. After her abortive partnership with Power Girl, Oracle subsequently joins forces with the superheroine Black Canary. During Chuck Dixon ‘s crossing over series Hunt for Oracle, Barbara Gordon and Dinah Lance suffer in person and establish a long-run friendship. They form the core of the Birds of Prey organization. While Oracle serves as the basic head of operations, Black Canary becomes her full-time employee and playing field agentive role.

During the 2004 cross-over event War Games, Black Mask commandeers Oracle ‘s computers and satellites and engages in a fight to the death with Batman. In order to prevent Batman from killing his adversary, Oracle initiates the Clock Tower ‘s self-destruct sequence, provoking Batman to rescue her quite than continue the conflict. This results in the destruction of Gordon ‘s home and headquarters in the clock loom. subsequently, Oracle decides to move on, and leaves Gotham City wholly. She cuts her ties with Batman, and after a temp world trip with her team, relocates to Metropolis. In the events comprising Gail Simone ‘s Birds of Prey : Between Dark and Dawn ( 2005 ), and Birds of Prey : The Battle Within ( 2005 ), Oracle is possessed by arch-villain Brainiac, an artificial intelligence entity, in order to become a biological being. Although Oracle overpowers Brainiac and expels him from her body, the progress virus delivered by him remains despite his absence. The virus steadily causes cybernetic attachments to sprout all over her consistency. Oracle develops cyberpathic powers that allow her to psychically interact with computer information systems. Although she loses these abilities after the virus is rendered dormant following an operation by Doctor Mid-Nite, she discovers she can move her toes. however, this proves to be ephemeral ; Gordon remains paralytic. During the company wide cross-over Infinite Crisis ( 2005 ), Oracle teams with the martian Manhunter in Metropolis to coordinate a counterattack to the Secret Society ‘s global break. The renewed romance between Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson is besides cut short by the Infinite Crisis storyline. When DC continuity jumps forward one class after the events of Infinite Crisis, Oracle and her team stay to work in Metropolis. Oracle works with Batman, although not on a regular basis as ahead. oracle continues to lead the Birds of Prey, and expands the ranks of the operation. In Birds of Prey # 99, Black Canary leaves the team and The Huntress becomes the team ‘s de facto field leader, while big Barda has been brought in as the group ‘s heavy-hitter alongside a larger, rotating roll ; Oracle besides makes an try to reforge her alliance with Power Girl, however, when oracle invites her to rejoin the team, she replies that she ‘ll do then “ when Hell freezes over. ” In “ Whitewater, ” Gail Simone ‘s final history discharge on Birds of Prey ( 2007 ), Oracle and her team contend for power with Spy Smasher, a government agent who has taken over the Birds of Prey administration. finally, Spy Smasher is forced to admit her kill and returns control of the Birds of Prey arrangement to Oracle. At the conclusion of the arch, Oracle besides adopts Misfit into the Birds of Prey. In Countdown ( 2007 ), Oracle dispatches the question and Batwoman to capture Trickster and Piper following their role in the murder of the Flash. She struggles to keep the identities of the world ‘s heroes from being stolen and coordinates the reply to a global crisis engineered by the Calculator, a nefarious hacker and information broker. In issue # 5 of the amusing book series The All-New Booster Gold ( 2007 ), the title bomber is given the mission of traveling binding in clock time in rate to prevent “ a calamity that he discovers never should ‘ve happened — the Joker blast and paralyzing Barbara Gordon, Batgirl. ” Although Booster Gold makes several attempts to prevent the events which took plaza in Batman : The Killing Joke, he ultimately fails and Barbara Gordon ‘s chronological history remains unaltered .

final examination crisis and beyond

In the Final Crisis storyline, Darkseid, who has last gained control of the Anti-Life Equation attempts to put the mind-control equality on the Internet. Both Oracle and Mister Terrific make despairing attempts to stop Darkseid, even attempting to shut down the entire Internet. unfortunately, they both fail and those affected ended up mindless slaves of Darkseid. Freed from Darkseid ‘s command after the renovation of the Multi-verse, she attempts to shut down the criminal Unternet set up by her opposite act, the Calculator, as a Darkseid-free substitution for the regular Internet and hush used by tech-savvy criminals. however, the Calculator, preventing her moves, takes control of the Kilg % ra, gaining the ability to thrive in internet by controlling digital and cybernetic avatars, and tracks Oracle down with his newfound powers. flush though Oracle foils him, she starts doubting her abilities and fears she ‘s losing her edge and magnificence, which results in her disbanding the Birds of Prey team to do some soul-searching. Following the events of Batman : RIP and the Final Crisis, Oracle has returned back to Gotham City, and although the Birds of Prey are disbanded, she continues to summon them to help Nightwing and Robin conduct with the growing crime in Gotham following the supposed death of Bruce Wayne. The Calculator ‘s plans ultimately come to their fruition, and Kuttler, hoping to save her dying daughter Wendy takes on the Babbage alias and begins prowling the digital populace of Alta Viva, a virtual world game, for fragments of the Anti-Life Equation unleashed by Darkseid. Barbara, now living in a bedraggled apartment in Gotham, becomes aware of Kuttler ‘s activities when Cheesefiend, one of her informants, is viciously killed, with the Anti-Life Equation itself, after coming in liaison with Babbage. Hoping to stop the Calculator and prevent him from piecing together the fragments of the Anti-Life equation in his possession, Oracle travels to Hong Kong, hoping to steal them rear by the means of an advance supercomputer programmed to track the chunk of data left behind by Babbage. however the Calculator discovers her attempts, swearing vengeance upon her. She manages to defeat Calculator, curing the Anti-Life Equation ‘s fragments. Working with Leslie Thompkins, Barbara has begun to mentor the Calculator ‘s daughter, Wendy, who was crippled following an fire at Titans Tower, which took the life of her brother Marvin. recently it came to Barbara ‘s attention ( thanks to Dick Grayson ) that Cassandra Cain has once again stepped depressed from the function of Batgirl, and has been replaced by Stephanie Brown. still seeing Stephanie as an capricious young female child, Barbara tries to talk her come out of the closet of being Batgirl. When a new amateur drug known as “ Thrill ” is hitting the streets of Gotham, Barbara and Stephanie work together to stop the drug trade wind which they discover to be run by Scarecrow and Black Mask. After Dick discovers that Barbara has approved of Stephanie as Batgirl, he and Barbara had an intense argument over Barbara ‘s decisiveness which finally made him leave to resume his patrol in the city. Her church father has been trying to set Barbara up on a blind date with Gotham PD ‘s newest recruit from Coast City, Detective Nicholas Gage. After they ‘ve ultimately meet there was a miscommunication between the two : as Barbara thought the detective was discriminating her because of her disability but it is truly because Gage senses Barbara wants to be with person else ( Dick Grayson ). His instincts prove to be slightly true, as Dick and Barbara begin working together on a kidnapping case, and despite some early attitude, begin to flirt playfully like they used to .

Blackest Night

During Blackest Night, Green Lantern crashes into the Bat-Signal after a contend with the Black Lantern Martian Manhunter. Barbara and Commissioner Gordon are both present. After sending Green Lantern ‘s intel to every superhero community across the satellite of the Black Lanterns, the Gordon ‘s find themselves being attacked by the original Dark Knight ‘s dead person rogue gallery members, whom are all reanimated by the Black Lantern Corps. Barbara and her father are forced to fight for their lives as they witness the Black Lanterns are massacring everyone on batch at Gotham Central. During the crisis, Barbara falls under the control of Deadman, channeling Barbara ‘s athletic capability and apparently using his own super-natural ability to allow her to stand on her own two legs, to save Commissioner Gordon from the reanimated King Snake and the Trigger Twins. After being rescued by Dick Grayson, Damian Wayne, and Tim Drake, the Gordon ‘s are later being attacked by Dick and Tim ‘s parents with their saviors, the reanimated Grayson ‘s and the Drake ‘s. While Grayson and Drake struggle the Black Lanterns, Robin takes the Gordon ‘s to their underground basal where Alfred Pennyworth tends her and her forefather ‘s wounds. Barbara is late approached by Huntress and Renee Montoya ( the new Question ) for aid in tracking down a mysterious criminal who ordered a hit on them through Philo Zeiss .

New 52

After the events of Flashpoint, Barbara Gordon has recovered from her injuries by the hands of Joker, and has returned to the streets as Batgirl. One of her nights rear in military action as Batgirl has her stopping a trio of crooks attempting to murder a copulate. The fight about turns sour when one of the bend launches himself and her out the window. thankfully, the pair rescued the two before they could fall ( though Barbara had to correct them as they incidentally called her Batwoman ). The following morning, despite James Gordon ‘s parental protests, Barbara moves away from home, moving in with another girl with a more independent streak. however, the reconcile in had to wait – there was an assail at a hospital where the condemnable she had stopped earlier was staying at. Arriving at the scene, she found herself confronting a murderer known as The Mirror, whose modus operandi was to kill people who survived major accidents. Barbara attempted to stop him from taking the serviceman ‘s life sentence, but she found herself paralyzed when he aimed his gun at her gut, allowing him to launch the man out the window. The police military officer there opted to post her a murderer for not being able to stop him .
After she reclaimed the Batgirl mantle, Barbara handed over the reigns of the Birds of Prey to Black Canary. When Dinah formed a new team of Birds, Barbara initially declined membership, though agreed to be a half-time member as of return 6 .

DC Rebirth

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Infinite Frontier

After the Joker War, Barbara retires as Batgirl and adopts the Oracle persona once again. With Alfred killed by Bane, she takes over as Batman ‘s main support and helps investigate criminals .

Powers and abilities

soldierly Arts

According to the quality ‘s fabricated biography, Barbara Gordon took numerous self-defense classes in judo and karate anterior to her tenure as Batgirl and is described as being a “ star topology athlete ”. She has been trained in Boxing, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Jujitsu, Dragon Style Kung Fu and Escrima. Following the events of The Killing Joke, Barbara Gordon continued to train in the martial arts as Oracle, despite being paralyzed from the shank down. She has extensive skills with escrima fighting sticks, belittled firearms and batarangs ; she customarily keeps a pair of escrima sticks stored in the armrests of her wheelchair as a contingency .

Technological skill

prior to the character ‘s career as a vigilante, Barbara Gordon developed many technological skills, including huge cognition of computers and electronics, technical skills as a hack, and alumnus educate in library sciences. Gordon is besides written as having a genius-level mind and naturally possessing a photographic memory. Like Batman, Barbara Gordon primitively used a wide diverseness of calculator electronics and gadgets during her early adventures as Batgirl. These included an infrared scanner built into the cowl of her costume, respective bat-inspired weaponry and the “ Batgirl Cycle. ” According to Gail Simone, Oracle maintains control over the twelve technologically advanced satellites that were created by Lex Luthor during his tenure as President of the United States .

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oracle places her considerable skills and cognition at the disposal of many of the DC universe ‘s heroes. She is a skilled hacker, able of retrieving and dispersing information from private satellites, military installations, government files, and the properties of Lex Luthor. Batman, himself a brilliance with a wide cognition base and access to vast information resources, routinely consult Oracle for aid .



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In most continuities, Barbara is the daughter of James Gordon, the Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department and longtime ally of Batman. She besides has brothers Anthony and James Jr. . During the Post-Crisis continuities, Barbara was reimagined as James ‘ niece, her actual beget being his buddy Roger and her mother being a woman named Thelma. This was due to the then-recent initiation of Barbara Eileen Gordon and retrofit the name descrepancy into continuity. however, some issues imply that she was conceived in an matter between James and Thelma. [ 1 ] Following DC ‘s second Flashpoint consequence, Barbara was the daughter of Barbara Eileen, therefore named after her mother much akin to J.J. Gordon .


Barbara Gordon has been romantically linked to Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing. At a young age they shared their passion as Robin and Batgirl. Nightwing was shocked and disturbed to learn of the effects of the Killing Joke, resulting in Barbara ‘s paralysis. After the events of No Man’s Land, the two fall in love. Before Infinite Crisis, Nightwing drops to one knee and proposes. Barbara tearfully accepts. During the Crisis, Grayson was shocked by raw energy, and was taken into wish of Barbara ‘s arms. When Batman asks Nightwing to help him rediscover himself, Dick is hesitant due to his engagement to Barbara. She allows him to go, telling him they were not ready for marriage. Dick sends her engagement closed chain with a picture of them as Robin and Batgirl, promising to return to her when the time is right. Both show genuine romantic affection towards the early, though not as a couple anymore. Grayson is rejoining the JLA with Starfire, however a holocene publish of Titans stated that Dick has moved on of his past relationship with her. Barbara ‘s father has start trying to set her up with a ace young detective who ‘ve precisely transferred from Coast City, Nicholas Gage, although he ‘s obviously more interested in the newest Batgirl ( Stephanie Brown ) along with the fact that Barbara senses he keeps secrets despite being a purportedly honest police officer. Another brief romance was with Jason Bard, her ex-fiancee. When Grayson left Gotham and rejoined Koriand ‘ radius, Babs found quilt in the young man ‘s arms. The relationship fizzled and the employment was cancelled. In a Birds of Prey comic script, the two are reunited on a mission. however, this does not last as Babs shoves him out of her life once again in favor of Grayson. In the New 52, Grayson and Babs have never officially dated, though it is clear they both seem to have feelings for each early. This was kept in following events ,


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In early Media

Since the character ‘s debut in 1967, Barbara Gordon has been adapted into diverse media in her alter-egos as both Batgirl and Oracle, including live-action television ( such as Batman and Birds of Prey ), animated product ( Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, and 2004 ‘s The Batman ) and video games ( DCAU tie-ins, the LEGO DC series, and the Batman: Arkham series ). She besides served as the inhalation for Barbara Wilson in the 1997 film Batman & Robin. Barbara has besides appeared in diverse video games as either Batgirl or Oracle, erstwhile serving as a playable character. Actresses to portray her take included Yvonne Craig, Dina Meyer, Savannah Welch and Leslie Grace. Barbara has besides been voiced by Jane Webb, Melissa Gilbert, Tara Strong, Mary Kay Bergman, Danielle Judovits, Mae Whitman, Alyson Stoner, Kimberly Brooks, Ashley Greene, and America Young .



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  • When the Batman television series of the 1960s sought to renew the program for a third season, DC editor Julius Schwartz along with artist Carmine Infantino created the “new” Batgirl—Barbara Gordon—at the explicit request of television producer William Dozier. Batgirl’s addition to the comic book medium was inspired to tie in with the television program in order to bring in a female audience. Yvonne Craig was cast as Batgirl after starring in a seven minute promotional short which was presented to the ABC television network. Although Yvonne Craig’s addition to the cast was able to renew the program for a third season, it did not save the series from cancellation. In 1972, three years after the Batman television series ended, Craig appeared again as Batgirl in a public service announcement for the United States Department of Labor advocating equal pay. In an interview with Femme Fatales Magazine (1998), Craig describes her experience playing the comic book icon as one of her best experiences. According to Craig, her portrayal as Batgirl remains a symbol for women’s empowerment. “I meet young women who say Batgirl was their role model… They say its because it was the first time they ever felt girls could do the same things guys could do, and sometimes better. I think that’s lovely.
  • In 2002, Warner Bros. produced the television series Birds of Prey, loosely based on the comic book series of the same name. Dina Meyer became the first actress to portray Barbara Gordon as Oracle. Meyer also portrayed Gordon under her Batgirl alias in several episodes as well, mostly in flashbacks.
  • A younger version of Barbara Gordon, named Barbara Lee Gordon, appears as an infant and later child in the fifth season of Gotham. She is conceived following a one-night stand between her parents James Gordon and Barbara, and is born thanks to the help of her stepmother Leslie Thompkins. In the final episode ” The begin …” (which picks up ten years later), a ten year old Barbara Lee is kidnapped by Jeremiah Valeska and suspended over a VAT of chemicals at the Ace Chemicals plant, which leads to a stand off between her father and Jeremiah. Jeremiah nearly drops Barbara Lee into the chemicals, but Gordon manages to hang onto the rope suspending her. Jeremiah stabs Gordon, but before he can cause further harm, a shadowy figure arrives and subdues Jeremiah, before disappearing. Gordon lifts his daughter to safety, wondering who the mysterious saviour was.


  • Barbara Gordon made her animated debut as Batgirl in the Filmation animated series Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder (originally known as The Batman/Superman Hour) which originally aired on CBS in 1968 with Batgirl playing a supporting role in The New Adventures of Batman; also produced by Filmation and aired on CBS in 1977.
  • During the 1990s- after the Batman franchise experienced a revitalization due to the commercial success of Tim Burton’s feature film Batman– Barbara Gordon was adapted into the series of animated television programs produced by Warner Bros. This Animation is collectively known as Bruce Timm and Paul Dini’s DC animated universe. Here, she is portrayed much like the comics, as the daughter of Commissioner James Gordon. In the final season of Batman, she becomes Batgirl in the 2-part episode “Shadow of the Bat”. Barbara also stars in the final episode of Batman: the Animated Series, teaming up with Robin to investigate a theft. Barbara additionally plays a big part as herself and her alter-ego in the animated companion film to the series, Batman and Mr.Freeze: Subzero.
  • In 1997, a new animated Batman series aired, continuing where the last left off. This time, Barbara as Batgirl is a key player, acting alongside Batman, Nightwing, and a new Robin as the patrol the streets of Gotham. She also makes an appearance in the companion film to this series, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. She is voiced by Tara Strong.
  • Although the DCAU did not end until the finale of Justice League Unlimited in 2006, Warner Bros. Animation launched a new animated series titled The Batman in 2004 which established its own continuity. Barba was introduced as Batgirl in Season 3 of this series, in the two part episode “Batgirl Begins” (2005), this time appearing before a boy wonder even hit Gotham City, which was completely different from the comics. This series also marked the animated debut of Barbara Gordon as Oracle with the futuristic episode “Artifacts” (2007).
  • She made an appearances in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episodes “The Last Patrol” and “The Criss-Cross Conspiracy”.
  • She stars alongside Supergirl and Donna troy in the DC Nation short series, Super Best Friends Forever.
  • Although she does not appear in Batman: Under the Red Hood, she, more specifically her being crippled by the Joker, was given an indirect reference in the climax to the film, where Jason Todd, while ranting on how Batman doesn’t kill the Joker despite all his horrific actions the psychopath did in the past, cited the “friends he’s crippled”, as well as the Joker asking about a camera.

DC Animated Universe

Young Justice

Video Games

  • Barbara Gordon, as Batgirl, appears as a supporting character in Batman: Vengeance. Tara Strong reprises her role from the series.
  • Barbara Gordon, as Batgirl, is a playable character in Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu.
  • Barbara appears as Oracle in cutscenes for Batman: Dark Tomorrow, voiced by Cynthia Farrell.
  • Oracle is voiced by Kathy Catmull in DC Universe Online.
  • Barbara Gordon, as Batgirl, is a DLC character in Injustice: Gods Among Us.

LEGO Series

Batman: Arkham series


  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC’s Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character’s Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • The character of Barbara Gordon was created by Gardner Fox and editor Julius Schwartz after speaking with William Dozier who did not want to use Batwoman on the live-action show.
  • While communicating over secure lines, Oracle often refers to herself as “O.”


  • Barbara’s birthday is September 23rd.
  • In Pre-Crisis continuity, Barbara Gordon was a brown belt in judo. In her Post-Crisis origin, she has a black belt in karate.
  • In Pre-Crisis continuity, Barbara Gordon held a doctorate in history.
  • Batgirl was once featured in a one-page advertisement for Hostess Twinkies Cakes. In the story, she must stop jewel thief extraordinaire, Jet-Set Jesse, from robbing a supply of jewels. Batgirl distracts her by throwing her a handful of Hostess snacks before taking her to prison.
  • In Batgirl #45 Souls: Barbara claims that she was 18 years old when she was Batgirl.
  • Barbara Gordon graduated summa cum laude with a Ph.D at Gotham State University.
  • Her eyes frequently changes color between blue and green.
  • In Batman #37 Endgame: Jim Gordon claims that he got Barbara’s tonsils removed at Gotham Pres a day before the roof of the hospital collapsed.
  • In her debut appearance in Detective Comics #359 and in her early appearances, Batgirl’s bodysuit color is black, but in the Bronze age comics and in her later appearances, her bodysuit color is gray (similar to Batman’s). During the “Batgirl of Burnside” run, Barbara’s costume changed to a purple bodysuit.
  1. Batman: Gotham Knights #6

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