In the comics, Barbara was on her way to a costume party in an outfit inspired by Batman when she stumbled across C-List villain Killer Moth in the middle of kidnapping Bruce Wayne. A skilled martial artist, Barbara stepped in and saved the day. Finding that she had a knack for heroism and determined to show up Bruce Wayne who had the nerve to thank for her help but insist that crime-fighting was too dangerous for a woman , Barbara decided to become Batgirl in earnest and went on to save Batman and Robin's lives many times. Barbara's origins have been reworked many times over the years as she was introduced into other mediums. The two-part Batman: The Animated Series story "Heart of Steel" saw Barbara stepping in to help Batman thwart a plot to replace Gotham City's civic leaders including her father with robot duplicates before she put on a Batgirl costume and adopted the name "Batgirl," which she did while trying to clear her father of corruption charges in the two-part "Shadow of the Bat. In truth, Barbara is using her privileged position to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her fellow students.
Harley Quinn Breaks DC Tradition To Have Batgirl Reveal Identity To [SPOILER]
She was attending Gotham University when the Injustice League took control over Gotham City after Batman 's disappearance, resulting in the Riddler taking over the university. Barbara becomes suspicious of the mysterious disappearances going on at the campus and starts to investigate, wanting to take down the Riddler. As her parents' marriage falls apart, her father becomes depressed and starts living with her at her dorm after he snuck in before the Riddler took over. When Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn infiltrated the University, pretended to be students "Izziadora Staplebuntkin" and "Heather Witherbee", to find out why the University was the only place in town with power as well as take down the Riddler , Barbara was the one showing them around the campus.
Opening with Harley Quinn on what appears to be a mission of random chaos, we soon learn she's deliberately attempting to draw Batman's attention but only finding Batgirl instead. In her alter ego, Barbara's shopping for Christmas presents, just like the previous Dini Christmas story that was eventually adapted into the "Holiday Knights" episode. The chase sequence is remarkably cinematic, and a great showcase for both of the Batgirl and Harley redesigns. Just in case this specific incarnation hasn't been ruthlessly merchandised yet, maybe Warner Brothers would be interested in Christmas Parka Harley statues and action figures?
This represented a major break with tradition, as Barbara Gordon usually operates right under the nose of her top-cop father. Introduced as a humble librarian at the Gotham City Public Library, no one suspected the bookish brunette was living a double-life as the Dominoed Daredoll and hiding her true identity with a red wig, least of all her father. The comics later implied that Jim Gordon had figured out who Batgirl was on his own, but that he respected his daughter's privacy enough to play along with the masquerade. Since that time, Barbara has been portrayed as a natural redhead in most interpretations and Jim Gordon has been honestly ignorant that his daughter is Batgirl. Jim was less than thrilled about the new partnership, however, seeing teaming up with a perky co-ed as only the latest in a series of indignities that started with his wife leaving him and ended with all of the police in Gotham City except him quitting their jobs to join supervillain gangs after the Injustice League took over the city.