Allow me to be a comic nerd for a bit, please. I can’t help it as this week has been crazy for the DCU (which are the books I pay the most attention to). Basically DC announced that starting in August they’re rebooting a large majority of their current titles (52 to be exact) so they can basically start over and appeal to a younger demographic. One of the pieces of this everyone is freaking over is as follows:
According the Bleeding Cool: Well, it looks like there will be a new Batgirl #1 amongst the 52 relaunched books in September. What will be different this time is that the book will star Barbara Gordon as Batgirl.
There are good reasons for the freak out. Ever since the Killing Joke where the Joker shot and paralyzed Barbara Gordon, Babs hasn’t been Batgirl (kind hard to swing from a batarang with a wheelchair). Over time she became Oracle, the tech savvy eye in the sky fighting crime her own way and helping pretty much everyone in the DCU at one time or another. To restart Batgirl w/ Babs would mean that Oracle just doesn’t exist anymore. Over a decade of canon and character development gone like that. Not to mention that Oracle has always been an amazing example of someone with a disability overcoming the odds. You lose more diversity in the DCU and a character that’s a source of inspiration.
I’m at such an impasse with this. I feel like a bad fan because though I love Barbara in any form, I first identified with her as Batgirl. Blame B:TAS but she will always be my Batgirl. And God Damn it if I’m not excited to see her done that cowl again. Seriously, I mean that’s all there is to it. I totally understand the Oracle argument, I understand how terrible it is to lose such a character and that it’s a slap in the face to her fans, but I can’t help but be thrilled to see Babs!Batgirl again (I’m only barely use to Stephanie at this point but that’s cause I feel like they made her a completely different character from her spoiler/robin days).
So TL;DR: Barbara Gordon is going to be Batgirl again and I feel like a bad fan because I’m terribly excited about this.
Also, I’m really hoping Dick is Nightwing for that reboot too!