Batman is DC Comics' heaviest hitter, so Warner Bros is making sure to spread the love to other members of his supporting cast, good or bad, for the DC Extended Universe. Along with the Caped Crusader's new solo movie, Nightwing and Gotham City Sirens are in development, and last week, it was announced that a Batgirl movie is in the works that may be written, directed and produced by Joss Whedon. All that's been revealed so far about this project is that it will star Barbara Gordon, the most famous Batgirl, and it will reportedly be based off Gail Simone's Batgirl run from The New 52.
With all the other DCEU movies Warner Bros has on their slate, it's unclear when the studio will announce when it will hit theaters or provide official details on what fans can expect from the story. Still, the idea of Batgirl leading her own movie is exciting, so while we wait for more information, here are the main things you need to know about the superheroine before her movie is released, both from her comic book adventures and some detours into other media.
She Was Requested For The Batman TV Series
Although Bette Kane, a.k.a. Bat-Girl, debuted in the comics in 1961 (more on her later), the Barbara Gordon Batgirl was primarily created due to the '60s Batman TV series wanting a heroine for the show that would attract more female viewers. Before Barbara debuted in Batman Season 3 (played by Yvonne Craig), she was introduced to the comics in Detective Comics #357, a.k.a. "The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl," where she donned her vigilante identity for the first time and met the Dynamic Duo. In both the comics and the Batman TV presentational short that convinced the network to bring her into the show, Barbara's first foe was Killer Moth. Thanks to the two-pronged approach in 1967, Batgirl quickly became popular and has remained one of the more recognize superheroes in pop culture.
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- ^ Gotham City Sirens (www.cinemablend.com)
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- ^ '60s Batman TV series (www.cinemablend.com)