batgirl barbara gordon

i was watching batman: the animated series, and i think i’ve pinpointed one of the reasons why writers/artists often fail to give us good female superheroes. so you know how in btas, batman always looms over people, becoming a shadowy, inhuman bat creature and striking terror into his enemies? this, by my standards, is one of the coolest things about batman. when batgirl is introduced, she does this. but the catch is that she was actually just pretending to be batman for plot reasons. when she gets her own version of the costume she gets rid of the full length cape, and while her outfit isn’t sexy or “revealing”, she is still sexualized. we talk about sexualization as disempowering, and argue about whether or not female heroes should wear certain things, but we never think about why sexualization is destructive to superheroes. but as made apparent in btas, one of the main problems is that sexualization gets in the way of the inhumanity that’s necessary for certain types of superheroes. barbara gordon cannot become a formless cape with glowing eyes because the artists are too focused on her female form and by extension her human form. she cannot become inhuman because people feel the need to draw her with boobs. 

after that initial pretending to be the actual batman thing (where she did some serious looming and lurking), we have this scene from the next episode: 

it’s a pretty cool shot, but her body is clearly visible in a way that batman’s routinely isn’t. while animated batman is normally drawn with physical details, his standard intimidating-his-enemies pose is more like this:

i could address the problematic ways batgirl is written, but in such an aesthetically appealing show, images are just as important.

how can batgirl be vengeance and the night if we are constantly reminded (via her body and gender) that she is human?

What I want from season 3 of Supergirl

-Mon-El coming back-BUT-he and Supergirl becoming just friends. I actually liked his arc in the long run, it was like a self-aware Makorra. 

-Supergirl getting with Lena/James/Brainiac/Batgirl. I am easy, I just want a cute couple.

-Snapper Carr to have an ACTUAL ROLE! Seriously, now that Cat is back he doesn’t need to be here.

-Lucy and Sam Lane…seriously, where the hell were THEY during this invasion?

-Legion of Superheroes…do I need to explain WHY?! Their like the X-men but in SPACE, they rule!

-Lois Lane…also don’t need to explain why.

-Livewire to come back for a redemption story, like she SHOULD have gotten in the freaking comics before the stupid New52! 

-Supergirl to have a main villain who ISN’T a replacement villain to one of Superman’s mainstays. You can make up a new character Berlantiverse writers, no-one will judge you.

And that’s it, just make sure Cat Grant stays and I’ll be golden.

barbara gordon is canonically

  • a disabled woman, 
  • an intersectional feminist, 
  • one of the smartest members of the batfamily, 
  • and the leader of a badass all-female superhero team, 

and it breaks my heart that she’s probably going to be reduced to “cute girl who punches bad guys and makes jokes and has a crush on nightwing” in joss whedon’s batgirl movie. 

Batfamily as things my family has said

Barbara: “If you eat that piece of bacon I swear to god this friendship is over" 

Dick: *sneaks up on unsuspecting sibling* *randomly drops and crushes said sibling with all their weight* "HUMPBACK WHALE!!!" 

Jason: "Hey come here, I have to tell you a secret. Closer. Little closer.” *sticks tongue in their ear* 

Cass: “I’m sorry but I really don’t like you and I want you to stay outside of my house or maybe just be dead and burn in the darkest pits of hell please" 

Tim: *loses battery for the remote* "WHY WON’T GOD JUST FREAKING LET ME DIE I THINK I’VE EARNED IT BY NOW" 

Stephanie: *accidentally sets fire to counter* "You know, maybe you shouldn’t play with fire anymore” “Yeah, maybe-” *lights match* “-but not today" 

Damian: "You know once a kid dared me to stick up the middle finger in kindergarten and I did and the second I did it he called the teacher and she made me sit out recess that day and this is why I have trust issues" 


Bruce: "hOw DaRe YoU dIsReSpEct mE!!! i aM tHe KiNg Of tHiS LiViNg RoOm!!!" 


Black History Month → Batgirls

  • In Batgirl #24 (August 2011), Nell Little is the future Batgirl in Stephanie Brown’s dream world while the latter was under the influence of Black Mercy. (Nell later reappears as a Batgirl in DC Bombshells.)

  • During the Futures End event, set five years in an alternate future, Tiffany Fox is one of the Batgirls shown in Batgirl: Futures End (November 2014).

  • Kathy Duqesne, first seen in the animated movie Mystery of the Batwoman, makes her way into comics as one of the Batgirls in DC Bombshells #19 (November 2015), set in a WWII AU.

  • The most adapted Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, is racebent to reflect her Afro-Latina voice actress Rosario Dawson, as seen in The Lego Batman Movie (2017).
‘Batgirl’ Movie: Joss Whedon to Direct Standalone Film (EXCLUSIVE)
By Dave McNary

Batgirl is flying solo. The superheroine is getting her own standalone movie from filmmaker Joss Whedon.

Whedon is nearing a deal to write, direct, and produce an untitled Batgirl pic for Warner Bros. as part of its DC Extended Universe.

No other producers are currently attached. Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group is overseeing with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The new project originated in the past month.


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Headcanon that the batkids hide under Bruce’s cape ALL the time. When they get cold on patrol, when they’re scared of a particularly creepy villain, when they get tired and need a warm, dark place to hide, they can always be found in Bruce’s cape, hanging onto his back like a koala. One time Hal and Barry were at the watchtower just hanging out when they saw something move under Batman’s cape. Assuming it was an alien parasite out to kill the dark knight by sucking his brains out, Barry pulled off the cape to reveal not one, not two, but three of Bruce’s kids huddled under there playing a game of Uno. It was a mystifying experience.