Barbara Gordon

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Batgirl Barbara Gordon in Batgirl v4 #35.

Barbara Gordon is a female comic character that features in DC Comics.

Contents

Biography

Origin

Becoming Batgirl in Detective Comics v1 #359.

Barbara Gordon was the red headed daughter of Gotham City's Police Commissioner James Gordon. She made her PhD at Gotham State University and had graduated Summa Cum Laude leading to her being a doctor where she began to work at Gotham Library. (Detective Comics v1 #359)

Whilst at the Library, Bruce Wayne regularly visited in order to collect rare books and often requested Barbara Gordon to use her contacts to find as well as secure such items. (Detective Comics v1 #359)

She was going to the Policeman's Ball with her crafting a Batgirl costume in order to attend it. Whilst travelling there, she noticed Killer Moth had targeted the limousine of Gotham millionaire Bruce Wayne and she went to save him. Gordon used her skills to battle the criminals when Batman arrived who helped defeat the supervillain. He would ask the Batgirl her identity but she decided to hide it instead with her returning to her normal life. However, she began to use the costume to continue to operate as a vigilante and sought to capture Killer Moth. (Detective Comics v1 #359)

Batgirl

Oracle

Oracle in Oracle: The Cure v1 #1.

She was inducted as the secret member of the new Justice League where she served as data central and helped in getting information on the supervillain Prometheus. (JLA v1 #17)

Post-Flashpoint

Wearing the mask again in Batgirl v4 #32.

Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.

She later decided to travel to Japan where she sought out Chiyo Yamashiro who was a woman that operated as a masked crime fighting vigilante named Fruit Bat in the 1940s before unmasking in the 1980s. (Batgirl v5 #1)

Overview

Personality and attributes

Powers and abilities

She used a special protein diet and intensive exercise regimen to become stronger and harder in a fight. (Detective Comics v1 #359)

She had a brown belt in Judo with her being a first Kyu. (Detective Comics v1 #359)

Notes

  • Barbara Gordon was created by William Dozier, Julius Schwartz and Carmine Infantino where she first appeared as Batgirl in Detective Comics v1 #359 (January, 1967) with her becoming Oracle in Suicide Squad v1 #23 (January, 1989).

Alternate Versions

  • In Gotham City Garage v1 (2017), an alternate Barbara Gordon was shown to reside on this Earth in the dystopic world of the Garden. She joined the ranks of the Lexes as Oracle who oversaw their law enforcement with her father adopting Kara Zor-El who was raised as Barbara's sister Kara Gordon.
  • In Old Lady Harley v1 #3 (2018), an alternate version of the Barbara Gordon was shown to had operated in a post-apocalyptic future where the villains ruled the world. She operated as Oracle and helped the JLA when the Joker engaged in his mass attack in the world that triggered the sequence of the events that brought about this dark future. In the aftermath, Barbara merged herself with the O.R.A.C.L.E. System and kept tabs with events where she operated a number of holographic agents that were known as Agents of O.R.A.C.L.E.

In other media

Television

  • In Birds of Prey, Barbara Gordon appeared as a cast member in the live-action television series where she was portrayed by actor Dina Meyer.
  • In the DC Animated Universe, Barbara Gordon made a number of appearances in the shared continuity setting.
    • In Batman: The Animated Series, Barbara Gordon made her first appearance in the animated series where she was voiced by actor Melissa Gilbert.
    • In The New Batman Adventures, Barbara Gordon appeared in the animated series where she was voiced by actor Tara Strong.
    • In Gotham Girls, Barbara Gordon appeared in the animated series where she was voiced by actor Tara Strong.
    • In Batman Beyond, Barbara Gordon appeared in the animated series where she was voiced by actor Stockard Channing in the shows first two seasons and by actor Angie Harmon in the shows final season.
  • In The Batman, Barbara Gordon appeared in the animated television series starting from season 3 where as Batgirl she was voiced by actor Danielle Judovits with Oracle being voiced by actor Kellie Martin.
  • In Young Justice, Barbara Gordon appeared in the animated series where she was voiced by actor Alyson Stoner.
  • In Beware the Batman, Barbara Gordon appeared in the animated series where she was voiced by actor Tara Strong.

Films

  • In Batman & Robin, Barbara Wilson appeared in the live-action film where she was portrayed by actor Alicia Silverstone.
  • In the DC Animated Universe, Barbara Gordon made a number of appearances in the shared continuity setting that linked with the animated series.
    • In Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Barbara Gordon appeared in the animated movie where she was voiced by actor Mary Kay Bergman.
    • In Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Barbara Gordon appeared in the animated movie where she was voiced by actor Tara Strong.
    • In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Barbara Gordon appeared in the animated movie where she was voiced by actor Angie Harmon.
  • In Batman: Bad Blood, Barbara Gordon had a brief appearance in the epilogue in the animated film where she was wearing her Batgirl of Burnside costume in a non-voiced role.
  • In Batman: The Killing Joke, Barbara Gordon featured in the animated film where she was voiced by actor Tara Strong.

Video games

Oracle in Batman: Arkham Knight.
Batgirl in Batman: Arkham Knight Matter of Family DLC.
  • In DC Universe Online, Barbara Gordon as Oracle appeared in the video game setting as a guide to the player characters where she was voiced by actor Kathy Catmull.
  • In Young Justice: Legacy, Barbara Gordon as Batgirl appeared as a playable character in the video game tie-in to the cartoon setting where she was voiced by actor Danica McKeller.
  • In the Arkhamverse, Barbara Gordon made a number of appearances in the shared continuity setting.
    • In Batman: Arkham Asylum, Barbara Gordon made her first appearance in the video game series where she was voiced by actor Kimberly Brooks.
    • In Batman: Arkham City, Barbara Gordon appeared in the video game sequel where she was once again voiced by actor Kimberly Brooks.
    • In Batman: Arkham Origins, Barbara Gordon appeared in the video game prequel where she was voiced by actor Kelsey Lansdowne.
    • In Batman: Arkham Knight, Barbara Gordon returned in the final instalment in the video game series where she was voiced by actor Ashley Greene.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Barbara Gordon as Batgirl was a playable character in the video game where she was introduced in DLC content and was voiced by actor Kimberly Brooks.
  • In Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Barbara Gordon as Batgirl was as a playable character where she was voiced once again by actor Kimberly Brooks.
  • In DC Comics Legends, Barbara Gordon as Batgirl of Burnside was made as a playable character in the iOS video game.

Appearances

  • Detective Comics v1:
  • Suicide Squad:
  • Birds of Prey v1:
  • JLA v1:
  • Batgirl:
  • Birds of Prey:
  • Batgirl and the Birds of Prey v1:
  • Heroes in Crisis v1:
  • Old Lady Harley v1:

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