We’re guessing that the pitch meeting for Batgirl’s initial introduction in 1967 must have been the easiest single pitch in the history of time.
- “Basically, guys, it’s Batman crossed with a hot redhead.”
Barbara Gordon has had it pretty rough over the years,getting paralyzed by the Joker in Alan Moore’s seminal Killing Joke and then spending the next 25 years in a wheelchair as superhero intelligence network Oracle. One of DC’s more controversial decisions as part of the New 52 was to take Babs out of the chair and put her back in her bat-suit, and while we agree that it’s a shame to take away the character of Oracle - both a rare representation of a disabled yet empowered character and a solid, entertaining protagonist in her own right – there’s something heartwarming about seeing her back, leaping around in that slightly goofy black and gold costume. And even after 45 years, the original logic still stands – there’s nothing, nothing better than Batman crossed with a hot redhead.