Batgirl is long overdue for a starring role, and no The LEGO Batman Movie doesn’t count. Batgirl has been a staple of DC Comics since her first appearance in 1967’s “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl,” written by Gardner Fox and illustrated by Carmine Infantino. The daughter of Gotham City Police Department’s head honcho Commissioner Jim Gordon, Barbara Gordon has fought crime alongside Batman as Batgirl over the years, kicking ass and taking as many names as the World’s Greatest Detective himself. In the wake of The Killing Joke, she rebranded herself as the information broker Oracle after a brutal assault by the Joker left her paralyzed and traumatized. In particular, the recent “The Batgirl of Burnside” story arc from Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and Brenden Fletcher seems ideally suited to Whedon’s sensibilities as it recontextualized Barbara Gordon as a Ph.D. student living in Gotham’s hip Burnside neighborhood.
Here’s hoping that we’ll get to see this iconic moment reenacted on the big screen