Sunday, September 28, 2014

SUPERHERO SUNDAY: BATGIRL

BATGIRL #29 2014
Her first appearance was in 1961 in Batman #139. But the initial incarnation was Betty Kane. She only appeared seven time before being scrapped.  Batgirl appeared again three years later as Barbara Gordon. This personification appeared in 1967 in Detective Comics #359.
My first experience with Batgirl was the Batman 1967 television show. Batgirl was played by Yvonne Craig. Her fighting style was more like dance moves and she rode a modified Yamaha YDS-53. That included a front splash guard and a purple paint job topped off with lace and a gold lace bow attached to the back of the seat.
Since then Batgirl has gone through many changes. Barbara Gordon was gunned down by the Joker. This left Barbara confined to a wheelchair for several years. Since she could not fight crime physically, she became Oracle. Oracle was the information broker and liaison to crime fighters worldwide.


The Batgirl mantle did not stay vacant for long. Next up for the role was Cassandra Cain in 2000. She was the daughter of David Cain and Lady Shiva. She had been trained since birth to be the world’s greatest assassin. She was given the role by Batman and then later mentored by Barbara Gordon.
The next Batgirl was Stephanie Brown. Brown was the Spoiler and for a short time Robin. She wore the cowl from 2006 to 2011.
Batgirl on the big screen was portrayed by Alicia Silverstone in the 1997 Joel Schumacher abortion BATMAN & ROBIN. The iconic character was renamed as Barbara Wilson; Alfred’s niece. There is so much wrong with this movie. I would say this is the worst Batman movie to date but I have seen THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and I hate that movie with a passion.
Today the Batman world has been rebooted. Barbara is back as the Batgirl and all is right in Gotham.  Unfortunately this is Gotham and the city does not stay quiet for long.