Adaptations of Barbara Gordon in other media
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Original sourceComics published by DC Comics
First appearanceDetective Comics #359 (January 1967)
Films and television
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Originally created in 1967, the fictional comic book character Barbara Gordon has been adapted into various other forms of media. The character has appeared in both live action and animated television series and films, as well as in video games in her alter-egos as both Batgirl and Oracle.

Film

Live-action

Batman & Robin

Alicia Silverstone portrayed Barbara Wilson/Batgirl in the film Batman & Robin. This version is Alfred Pennyworth's niece, which screenwriter Akiva Goldsman stated was done because Alfred was more central of a character than Jim Gordon was in their story.[1] Additionally, she is Dick Grayson's love interest, is blonde, and her costume lacks yellow accents.

The Dark Knight

Barbara Gordon, credited as "Gordon's Daughter", appears in The Dark Knight, portrayed by Hannah Gunn.

Batgirl

In March 2017, it was announced that Joss Whedon was in talks to write, direct and produce a Batgirl film as part of the DC Extended Universe.[2] Whedon was to begin production on the film in 2018,[3] but stepped down in February 2018.[4]

In April 2018, after impressing the studio with her work on the forthcoming film Birds of Prey, Christina Hodson was hired as the screenwriter for Batgirl.

In May 2021, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were announced as the film's co-directors, with plans to release the film on HBO Max. Kristin Burr produced the project. Leslie Grace was ultimately cast as the titular character. Batgirl was scheduled for Warner Bros. Pictures 2022–2023 release slate.

In August 2022, it was reported that Warner Bros. had canceled the film due to cost-cutting measures and was in the final stages of production when it was shut down.[5][6]

Animation

Cancelled Batgirl: Year One adaptation

Bruce Timm and co-director Lauren Montgomery expressed interest in producing an animated film based on Batgirl: Year One,[7][8] but DC cancelled all plans for an adaptation.[9]

DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High

Batgirl appears in DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High, voiced by Mae Whitman.

Batman: Bad Blood

Barbara Gordon makes a non-speaking cameo appearance in Batman: Bad Blood.

Batman: The Killing Joke

Barbara Gordon appears in Batman: The Killing Joke, voiced by Tara Strong.[10] Her role in the film was expanded from the source material, including depicting her decision to retire as Batgirl just before the Joker's attack after an encounter with a ruthless gang leader, as well as her romantic involvement with Batman. There is also a post-credits scene where Barbara, some time after recovering in the hospital, now operates as Oracle. Barbara's role and portrayal in the film, which differs heavily from most other portrayals, has been criticized as "cheap, misogynistic writing".[11]

DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year

Batgirl appears in DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year, voiced by Mae Whitman.[12]

Batman and Harley Quinn

A waitress wearing an exotic version of Batgirl's costume makes a cameo appearance in Batman and Harley Quinn.

DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games

Batgirl appears in DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games, voiced by Mae Whitman.[12]

Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Batgirl's costume appears in Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, worn by Daphne Blake.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Batgirl makes a non-speaking cameo appearance in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.

DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis

Batgirl appears in DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis, voiced by Mae Whitman.[12]

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Barbara Gordon as Batgirl appears in Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, voiced by Rachel Bloom.[12] This version initially mistrusted the Turtles, mistakenly believing them to be thieves, but later learns the truth and befriends Donatello.

Batman: Hush

Barbara Gordon as Batgirl appears in Batman: Hush, voiced by Peyton List.[12]

Batman: Death in the Family

Barbara Gordon makes a non-speaking appearance in Batman: Death in the Family.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

Barbara Gordon as Batgirl has a non-speaking cameo appearance in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. In the film, she is seen fighting against Apokolips' forces alongside Batwoman before being killed by Paradooms.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Barbara Gordon has a non-speaking cameo appearance in Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham

Barbara Gordon / Oracle appears in Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham, voiced by Gideon Adlon.[13] This version is paraplegic, uses technology to speak, and possesses clairvoyant abilities.

Lego versions

The LEGO Batman Movie

Barbara Gordon appears in The Lego Batman Movie, voiced by Rosario Dawson.[14] This version is the new Police Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department after her father retires, and becomes Batgirl to help Batman recapture the Phantom Zone escapees.[15]

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Gotham City Breakout

Batgirl appears in Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Gotham City Breakout, voiced by Sarah Hyland.[12]

Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain

Batgirl appears in Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain, voiced by Ashlyn Madden.[12]

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis

Batgirl appears in LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman - Rage of Atlantis, voiced by Alyson Stoner.[12]

Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High

Batgirl appears in Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High, voiced again by Ashlyn Madden.[12]

LEGO DC Batman: Family Matters

Batgirl appears in LEGO DC Batman - Family Matters, voiced again by Alyson Stoner.[12]

Television

Live-action

Batman

Main article: Batman (TV series)

Barbara Gordon appears in the third season of the Batman television series (1967–1968), portrayed by Yvonne Craig. Months before her debut, she had been mentioned by her father and Batman in the second-season episodes, "Batman's Waterloo" and "The Duo Defy". Her Batgirl costume color was purple with gold accents and it also incorporated a long red wig to hide her real avocado-style, black hair.

In a promotional short,[16] librarian Barbara Gordon encounters Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson at the Gotham Public Library. As Gordon and Wayne become acquainted, Killer Moth and his henchmen (in full costume) discuss a plan of attack. One henchman suggests taking Bruce Wayne hostage, but Killer Moth shows reluctance, due to Wayne's alleged friendship with Batman. Moth directs the group to kidnap Wayne's business acquaintance instead, who also happens to be a billionaire. When Bruce and Dick realize the presence of their adversaries, they quickly leave the library to change into Batman and Robin.

Yvonne Craig poses in the Batgirl costume from the television show, holding the cape open. The costume consists of a purple bodysuit, cowl, gloves, boots, a yellow cape and belt.
The late Yvonne Craig as Batgirl.

Meanwhile, Gordon is locked in the library's office by Killer Moth's henchmen, however, it is revealed there is a secret chamber within the office where she changes into Batgirl. When Batman and Robin arrive to apprehend Moth and his gang, all parties are shocked at the arrival of a Batgirl. Batman, Robin, and Batgirl defeat the villains with relative ease and Batgirl vanishes without revealing her secret identity. Batgirl's costume in the episode closely resembles that later seen in the series, though the design of her mask changes. The short also featured a unique version of the Batman theme, ending with the lyric "Batgirl!" rather than the usual "Batman!" (and accompanied by an appropriately modified Batman logo).

The promotional short was able to renew the series for a third season and add Batgirl to its regular cast. Batgirl's official debut was in the episode "Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin".[17] The Penguin kidnaps Commissioner Gordon's daughter Barbara, binds her to a chair and gags her, and hides her in the next-door apartment which is being redecorated. The dynamic duo make it their mission to rescue her. The Penguin plans to marry her, thinking that becoming Commissioner Gordon's son-in-law would make him immune from arrest. He ungags her and forces her to agree to this by threatening to have Gordon killed. Pretending to be locked behind a secured door, Barbara makes her transformation into Batgirl and assists Batman and Robin in defeating the Penguin as they have been gassed and hung over a vat of acid. During the episode, Alfred Pennyworth discovers her secret identity - but he vows never to reveal it. He claims she left a few minutes ago when the fight has finished, by which time Barbara has changed back.

During the third season, Batgirl aided Batman and Robin in solving several mysteries and even saved them from near death by herself on several occasions. Unfortunately, Batgirl's addition to the cast was not enough to save the series from cancellation. Although the promotional short has been mistakenly thought of as a pilot for Batgirl's own spin-off, it is highly unlikely ABC would have agreed to give her her own series since Batman had been in danger of cancellation since the end of its first season. According to the book DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes, Batgirl's addition to the cast "was a sign of desperation. Ratings were down and there was hope that a new character might give the show a shot in the arm."[18]

Yvonne Craig once again appeared as Batgirl in a 1972 television commercial supporting women's rights (specifically, equal pay).[19]

The 2003 television film Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt included scenes recreating the filming of the 1960s TV series. Erin Carufel plays Yvonne Craig / Batgirl, in the film.

Birds of Prey

Main article: Birds of Prey (TV series)

Barbara Gordon appeared as Oracle as one of the main characters in Birds of Prey, played by Dina Meyer.[20] The series was loosely based on the comic book of the same name.

Dina Meyer as Barbara Gordon from the television series Birds of Prey.
Dina Meyer as Oracle from the television series Birds of Prey.

In the 70 minute pilot episode, Alfred Pennyworth narrates the events which have led to the formation of the Birds of Prey. Years ago, when Batman defended the streets of Gotham City, he fathered a daughter to Catwoman which he never knew about. After the birth of her daughter Helena, Selena Kyle gave up her life as Catwoman and raised her child as a single mother. Bruce Wayne, apparently oblivious to the fact that he has a child, continues to fight crime in Gotham as Batman. Alfred tells that he "had trained many protégés over the years and one of them was Barbara Gordon, who called herself Batgirl." As Batman and Batgirl continued to fight the Joker for control of the city, the battle came to an end with Joker's loss. However, the Joker swore revenge not on Batman himself, but on those he loved. While a hit-man was sent to murder Catwoman, the Joker, in a scene adapted directly from The Killing Joke, guns down Barbara at her apartment. With Gordon paralyzed and Kyle dead, Batman abandons Gotham, never to be seen again.

Seven years later, in the present day, Barbara Gordon has now become "Oracle" and has adopted and trained Helena Kyle; the vigilante known as The Huntress. They soon adopt Dinah Redmond and the three vow to protect the city of New Gotham. During the series, Oracle is briefly reunited with Black Canary, described as her original partner in Birds of Prey (and the mother of Dinah Redmond), and in one episode dons the Batgirl costume once more to face off with Lady Shiva (while using an electronic device that allows her to temporarily walk again). In the final episode, she is able to improve her spine replacement device enough to engage in combat for several minutes though she collapses at the end of the battle. The series would last a total of thirteen episodes, leaving the mystery of Batman's whereabouts unresolved. However, a phone conversation with Alfred in Wayne Manor implies that the Dark Knight has monitored Birds of Prey activities in the city and knows of his daughter's existence.

Laeta Kalogridis planned several series highlights for the second season, including Dick Grayson's reintroduction (prompting a Barbara/Helena argument), as well as Koriand'r possibly appearing. Ollie Queen/Green Arrow would have joined Dinah, and thus the series would have progressed with a Cassandra Cain episode as well.

Dina Meyer additionally reprises her role as Barbara Gordon in the Arrowverse crossover event "Crisis on Infinite Earths".[21]

Titans

Barbara Gordon appears in the third season of the HBO Max series Titans, portrayed by Savannah Welch. This version became the Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department after her father's death at the hands of Mr. Freeze, and retired from her Batgirl persona after being paralyzed by the Joker. She also had her right leg amputated, a trait that was implemented following the casting of Welch, who is a real-life amputee.[22][23][24] Dick visits Gotham City after hearing about Jason Todd's death, where he and Barbara argue about Bruce's lack of empathy and obsession with crimefighting. When Bruce goes missing after killing the Joker, Barbara begins to work with Dick and the Titans to take down the new villain Red Hood, who later reveals himself as a resurrected Jason.

Additionally, Barbara utilizes Oracle, an advanced artificial intelligence computer system located in the GCPD headquarters. Once used by Batman to take down Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow, Oracle was shut down willingly to avoid government scrutiny. Dick convinces Barbara to reactivate Oracle to locate Crane, but he hacks into its systems, forcing Barbara to deactivate it permanently.

While the series was being developed for TNT, Barbara was intended to appear as the team's hacker,[25][26] but her role was ultimately reduced.[27]

Gotham

Barbara Gordon appears in the fifth and final season of Gotham, portrayed by Jeté Laurence.[28] She is taken hostage by Jeremiah Valeska to lure her father into a trap, which leads to the debut of Bruce Wayne's new vigilante role.

Animation

The Adventures of Batman

Main article: The Adventures of Batman

Barbara Gordon as Batgirl appears in The Adventures of Batman, voiced by Jane Webb. This version works in the district attorney's office.

Super Friends

Main article: Super Friends

Although not appearing in the television show, Batgirl does appear in some of the merchandise produced for the show using her design from The Adventures of Batman and the Bronze Age comics.

The New Adventures of Batman

Barbara Gordon as Batgirl appears in The New Adventures of Batman, voiced by Melendy Britt.

DC Animated Universe

Barbara Gordon appears in series set in the DC Animated Universe (DCAU), voiced by Melissa Gilbert in Batman: The Animated Series, Mary Kay Bergman in Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Tara Strong in The New Batman Adventures, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman and Gotham Girls, Stockard Channing in the first two seasons of Batman Beyond, and Angie Harmon in the last season of Batman Beyond and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.[12]

Batman: The Animated Series

Main article: Batman: The Animated Series

Typical depiction of Batgirl from Batman: The Animated Series: grey body-suit; blue scalloped gloves, cowl, and cape; yellow belt and bat-emblem.
Barbara Gordon as Batgirl in Batman: The Animated Series.

In Batman: The Animated Series, Barbara Gordon is introduced in the two-part episode "Heart of Steel",[29] where she assists Batman in saving her father James Gordon from the evil A.I. supercomputer HARDAC. She makes her first appearance as Batgirl in the two-part episode "Shadow of the Bat", helping Batman and Robin clear Commissioner Gordon's name after Two-Face and GCPD member Gil Mason frame him for corruption. Although Batman had been critical of her at first, he changes this thinking after witnessing her capabilities. Barbara's final appearance is in the episode "Batgirl Returns" in which she is seen having a flirting relationship with Dick Grayson at Gotham State University. In the film Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Barbara Gordon appears as a central character, being kidnapped by Mr. Freeze in an attempt to save his wife Nora Fries. The bulk of the film showcases Barbara using her skills to evade Mr. Freeze while trying to escape her captor's hideout. Despite being against Mr. Freeze, Barbara admits that she feels sorry for Nora and is willing to do the transfusion but only in a hospital. Eventually, Batman and Robin locate her, and the three of them manage to destroy Mr. Freeze's hideout and escape. It is also shown in this film that Barbara is in a relationship with Dick.[30]

The New Batman Adventures

Main article: The New Batman Adventures

Batgirl as depicted in The New Batman Adventures: Black bodysuit and cowl; yellow bat emblem, belt, scalloped gloves, boots, and cape lining; blue cape; and red hair.
Barbara Gordon as Batgirl in The New Batman Adventures.

During The New Batman Adventures, Barbara Gordon appears as Batgirl as a recurring character.[31] Batgirl is eventually allowed into the Batcave and becomes a main character and is Batman's main partner as opposed to Robin, which was different from the comics. Batgirl was made an addition to the cast with producer Bruce Timm stating, "The consumer products division and the people at the WB wanted to make sure kids would watch the show, so they strongly suggested we include Batgirl and Tim Drake (as Robin) as a way of courting young girl audiences as well as young boys...We liked the Batgirl character and I certainly didn't mind putting her in the show."[32] It is also shown in the series that her previous relationship with Dick Grayson did not last. The episode "You Scratch My Back" emphasized this, portraying her relationship with Nightwing as strenuous and the episode "Old Wounds" shows how it ended with Barbara eventually discovering Bruce and Dick's secret identities and Dick realizing that Bruce knew and never told him quits as Robin and leaves Gotham. The episode "Over the Edge" also implies this as Nightwing "can't believe it ended like this for us or Barbara". The episode "Girls' Night Out" establishes Batgirl and Supergirl (Kara Kent) as close friends. Along with all other characters in the series, Barbara's civilian and superhero identity were redesigned. Her Batgirl costume was changed to a black body suit with yellow gloves, boots, bat-symbol and utility belt to match her original comic book design seen in Detective Comics #359. In the movie Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Barbara Gordon appears briefly when she calls Bruce Wayne to find out who Batwoman is. She expresses jealousy and Bruce dodges the issue by faking cellular phone problems. This is Barbara's only scene in the film and hints a crush on Bruce which she expresses with hinting that she misses Bruce.

Batman Beyond
Barbara Gordon as she appears in Batman Beyond.

Barbara Gordon appears in Batman Beyond. By the year 2039, she has replaced her late father as commissioner, largely separated from Bruce Wayne, and become opposed to vigilantism. She resents Wayne dragging Terry McGinnis as a new Batman, but eventually comes to respect the latter. While she never officially endorses or helps him, she no longer threatens to turn him in and continually looks the other way, acknowledging his assistance in some cases even if she never asks for it. On one occasion, she was prepared to arrest Terry when she apparently witnessed the second Batman murder the criminal bomber Mad Stan despite the fact that Terry's arrest would compromise her and Bruce's secret. However, Bruce and Terry succeeded in revealing that Spellbinder had created an illusion of Mad Stan's death; she subsequently awarded Terry with a civic service award as an apology. The precise future of her and Dick's relationship remains unknown but Barbara tells Terry to "try looking up for Nightwing sometime" about how Bruce treated partners. When the Joker returns from the dead, Terry McGinnis goes to her when Bruce Wayne refuses to talk about how this cannot be Joker. When Bruce is recovering from the Joker's toxin, she reluctantly tells Terry the details: the Joker kidnapped, tortured and brainwashed Tim Drake into a miniature version of himself. During the chaos, Batgirl faced off against Harley Quinn and watched as Harley fell to her death, unaware that she had actually survived. Tim killed the Joker and covered up the events with her father's aid a year before Tim's recovery from his trauma and Bruce forbade Tim from being Robin again as Tim soon left after this. Barbara also temporarily takes Bruce's place in advising Terry while tracking a couple of suspects as possible candidates for the Joker's true identity. She and Bruce visit Tim recovering in the hospital after the Joker's final defeat by Terry with Bruce reconciling his relationship with Tim.

Gotham Girls
Batgirl in Gotham Girls.

Barbara Gordon is also a featured character in Gotham Girls. A joint production of Warner Bros. and Noodle Soup Productions, the series stars Batgirl protecting Gotham City from the criminal activities of Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Although not restricted to the animated continuity, the main characters were adapted from The New Batman Adventures.

Justice League

An alternate timeline version of Barbara Gordon makes a non-speaking cameo appearance in the Justice League episode "The Savage Time". Additionally, she was intended to appear in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Double Date", but the Bat-embargo prevented this, resulting in the episode being rewritten to focus on Green Arrow and the Question.[33]

The Batman

Main article: The Batman (TV series)

Batgirl drops in front of a charging Batman. The art for the comic book uses the same style as the animation for The Batman.
The Batman version of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl alongside Batman, from the cover of The Batman Strikes! #18. Art by Jeff Matsuda.

Barbara Gordon appears in The Batman, with Batgirl voiced by Danielle Judovits and Oracle voiced by Kellie Martin.[12] This version is a skilled gymnast and friend of Pamela Isley who was inspired to become Batgirl after seeing Batman fight Temblor. During her initial introduction, she demands to be called "Batwoman" until Commissioner Gordon calls her by the Batgirl name.

She aids the Dark Knight with numerous cases, proving herself as a trusted ally. Batman himself, despite never asking to have a partner, becomes fond of working with her - though would not admit it. At one point, in the episode "A Dark Knight to Remember", she has figured out that Batman is secretly Bruce Wayne as the billionaire is physically fit and can afford to purchase equipment that Batman would require. But Wayne had partial amnesia during that time which made Bruce lose the memory as the Dark Knight Detective which threw Barbara off. After she and Batman saved Gotham from Maxie Zeus's siege in the episode "Thunder", the Dark Knight gave her some spare gadgets and accepted her as a partner as she was in the loop.

Batman finally let Barbara in on his own secret in the episode "Team Penguin" after getting Dick Grayson as a second partner. Deciding they needed teamwork training and to learn to trust one another more, the trio shares their secret identities (but Batgirl is reluctant to give up hers so Batman does it for her) and begins training. She and Robin develop a sibling-like relationship throughout the show, and gets annoyed when Robin refers to her as "Babs". In the two-part episode "The Joining", she participated in the battle to save Earth with Robin from the alien technological entity known as The Joining.

The episode "Artifacts" features her adult incarnation using a wheelchair (under unknown circumstances) using her Oracle identity. Oracle manages the cyber realms and has a joking yet more adult-like relationship to Nightwing. The distant future shows Batgirl, Batman and Robin are now legends similar to Robin Hood and the Merry Men and she's also known in these stories as Batwoman.

In the episode "Joker Express", Batgirl was under the Joker's control and Batman and Robin have perforce to fight her. While Robin was almost killed, Batman fought Batgirl briefly. The Dark Knight defeated her by making Barbara inhale an incapacitating gas which eventually restores her to normal after her body and mind begin to relax.[clarification needed] In the episode "Attack of the Terrible Trio", it is revealed that Barbara has graduated from Gotham High School at an early age and enrolled in Gotham University.

In the two-part series finale, Barbara and Robin once again join the battle against The Joining with the Justice League after they lost their powers.[clarification needed] After The Joining is once again defeated, she and Robin discuss the idea of forming their own junior Justice League.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold

The Barbara Gordon incarnation of Batgirl appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Mae Whitman.[12] In the teaser of the episode "The Last Patrol!", she saves Batman from Killer Moth in a flashback. In a present-day scene of the teaser, she and Batman end up in one of the Penguin's death traps. She returns in the episode "The Criss Cross Conspiracy!" in which she and Nightwing have to work alongside Batman (in Batwoman's body) and Felix Faust to save Batwoman (in Batman's body) at the mercy of the Riddler. Additionally, the series finale "Mitefall!" sees Bat-Mite altering reality to make Batman: The Brave and the Bold "jump the shark" so that it will be cancelled and replaced with a more serious Batman series. In the end, he succeeds, and an in-universe commercial for the (fictional) replacement series reveals that the new show will focus on Batgirl instead, with Batman as a supporting character.

Young Justice

Barbara Gordon appears in Young Justice, voiced by Alyson Stoner.[12] This version is initially a student at the Gotham Academy before joining the Team during the time skip between the first and second seasons. In the tie-in comics, she is shown to have a romantic interest in Dick Grayson, and appears to have a "friends with benefits" relationship.[34] In Young Justice: Outsiders, Barbara is now the wheelchair-using Oracle, and is in a relationship with Dick Grayson.[35] In Young Justice: Phantoms, it is revealed Barbara became paralyzed after Orphan accidentally injured her.

Super Best Friends Forever

Barbara Gordon appears as one of the lead characters in Super Best Friends Forever, with Tara Strong reprising her role.[36] She is cheerful, and a go-getter to the rest of the group. Her Batgirl costume is purple with gold accents, which resembles her costume from the 60's TV series.

Beware the Batman

Barbara Gordon appears in Beware the Batman, with Tara Strong reprising her role.[37] Her kidnapping and rescue in "Allies" plays a role in cementing the beginning of Batman and Commissioner Gordon's partnership. In "Darkness", Barbara overhears a conversation between Katana and Gordon in how to disable the Ion Cortex's AI. She attempts to try to help out by stealing a police van and attempting to use the computers in it. Her father catches her, but eventually agrees to help her. Batman gives her the password to the Cortex ("Oracle") so she can hack it and take it down. The following episode, "Reckoning", forces her and her dad to infiltrate the lair of Ra's al Ghul to take down the Cortex, saving Gotham City in the process. After the black-out, she continues to assist Katana and Batman, taking the codename of Oracle. In "Alone", she joins other Outsiders such as Metamorpho and Man-Bat in assisting in the final battle against Deathstroke. According to producer Glen Murakami, if a second season had been produced, Barbara would have become the show's version of Robin, with a resemblance to Carrie Kelley.

Teen Titans Go!

Batgirl makes appearances in Teen Titans Go!, voiced again by Tara Strong.[12] She makes a cameo appearance at Titans East's party in the episode "Starliar" when seen dancing next to Aqualad before Robin obnoxiously cuts in. She is later seen in the episode "Staring at the Future" shown to be the future wife of Nightwing and the mother of their three babies. Her design resembles her appearance from The New Batman Adventures and her debut design from Detective Comics #359.

DC Super Hero Girls

Batgirl appears as a central protagonist in the DC Super Hero Girls franchise, voiced by Mae Whitman in the first four seasons of the web series, Ashley Madden in the fifth season, and Tara Strong in the 2019 series.[12] This version is a tomboyish and cheerful student at Super Hero High who aspires to be Batman's sidekick.

Justice League Action

Barbara Gordon's Batgirl costume from The New Batman Adventures appears in the Justice League Action episode "Play Date".

Harley Quinn

Barbara Gordon appears in Harley Quinn, voiced by Briana Cuoco.[12] This version is a student and tour guide at Riddler University. After seeing her father hit rock bottom and helping Harley Quinn defeat Riddler, she becomes inspired to assume the identity of Batgirl. In the episode "Batman's Back Man", she proves to be effective in fighting crime and is appointed by Batman as his temporary replacement. In the episode "There's No Place to Go But Down", Barbara reveals her identity as Batgirl to her father and helps him take down Two-Face. In the following episode, "Inner (Para) Demons", after Gordon becomes Commissioner again and is told by the President of the United States that he needs to kill Harley for Gotham to rejoin the U.S., Barbara unsuccessfully tries to dissuade him and later warns Harley that Gordon will be coming after her.

Batgirl remains a member of the growing Bat Family throughout the third and fourth seasons, slowly forming a bond with Harley who is questioning her morals. She later loses control of her mental health following Nightwing's murder, but right as she recovers, she is shot in the stomach by the Joker. Paralyzed from the waist down and bound to a wheelchair, Barbara ultimately leaves the Bat Family and joins Harley, Ivy, and Catwoman in forming the Gotham City Sirens.

Video games

Batman: Arkham

Oracle in a promotional image for Batman: Arkham Knight.
Batgirl in a promotional image for Batman: Arkham Knight.

Further information: Batman: Arkham

Throughout the Batman Arkham series, Barbara Gordon is voiced by Kimberly Brooks in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, by Kelsey Lansdowne in Arkham Origins, and by Ashley Greene in Arkham Knight.[43]

Actresses

This article is missing information about actors and their portrayal years. Please expand the article to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk page. (March 2023)
Actor Live-action television Animated television Radio Live-action film Animated film Web series Video games Podcasts
Yvonne Craig 1967–1974V
Jane Webb 1968V
Shelley Thompson 1989, 1994V
Melissa Gilbert 1992–1995V
Alicia Silverstone 1997[a]
Tara Strong 1997–2023V 2000–2016V 2000–2002V 2001–2021V
Hannah Gunn 2008
Gina Rodriguez 2022–2023V
  1. ^ The character retains only part of her real name from the source material.

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