Behind the dark-rimmed glasses of Gotham City librarian Barbara “Babs” Gordon (Yvonne Craig), lurked the karate-kicking crime fighter “Batgirl” who debuted during the 1967-68 season of the fantasy adventure BATMAN/ABC/1966-68.
Batgirl, a.k.a. the daughter of Police Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton), raced about Gotham City on a souped up “Bat” motor cycle as she battled the likes of the villainous Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman.
Her secret identity (known only to Alfred the Butler) was a constant source of speculation to Batman and Robin who were dying to discover who this leather clad crusader was in real-life.
On the crime drama BIRDS OF PREY/WB/2002-2003, Barbara Gordon (Dina Meyer), a.k.a. the crime fighter Batgirl who is now relegated to a wheelchair after being shot in the spine by the nefarious criminal known as the Joker. Barbara is the daughter of New Gotham City’s Police Commissioner, James Gordon.
After the battle with the Joker that subsequently killed the female criminal known as Catwoman, Barbara Gordon became the guardian of Helena Kyle, the secret daughter of Selina Kyle, aka “Catwoman” and Bruce Wayne, aka “the caped crusader Batman” who mysteriously disappeared after Catwoman’s death.
Helena inherited her cat-like abilities from her mother. She is also the heir to the Wayne Estate and served by Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s faithful butler.
Now, by day, Barbara Gordon works as a computer science teacher in New Gotham High, and, by night, she becomes Oracle, the leader of a high-tech crime fighting group that consists of Helena Kyle (Ashley Scott), aka The Huntress,” and Dinah Redmond (Rachel Skarsten), aka “Canary” who is a telepath and psychic. Dinah is the daughter Carolyn Lance, a legendary superhero known as the Black Canary (Lori Loughlin).
“Don’t let the wheelchair fool you. I can still kick your ass.” – Oracle
Together, this dynamic trio – based in a New Gotham Clocktower – fight crime as the “Birds of Prey”with the assistance of Detective Jesse Reese (Shemar Moore), a police officer who battles a criminal element with super abilities known as Metahumans. Detective Reese is the son of mob boss, Al Hawk (Mitch Pileggi) who killed the Black Canary, Dinah’s mother.
Note: The Batgirl character first appeared in the No.359 issue of DC Detective Comics. A similar character called Batwoman debuted in DC comics No.233. Her alter ego was Kathy Kane.
On a 1991 edition of the syndicated magazine-of-the-air program HARD COPY, it was reported that Michelle Kaminsky, a 20-year-old woman that the police called “Batgirl” was being sought in regards to a series of crimes including murder. She earned her nickname because she had a ring of bats around her upper left arm and a tattooed vampire bite around her neck complete with blood droplets. Among her possessions, the police found photographs of Adam West (a.k.a. TVs “Batman”).
In the motion picture Batman and Robin (1997) Alicia Silverstone played the role of the beautiful blonde niece of Alfred the Butler, Barbara Wilson who became the crime fighter known as Batgirl.