Barbara Gordon Batgirl Then & Now- Let Your Geek Sideshow Podcast

Susan and Kitty are shining the Bat-signal on one of Gotham’s smartest heroes. No matter the challenge, she uses her intellect to escape danger, help other heroes, and reconcile with her own past – It’s Barbara Gordon- Batgirl Then & Now!


What happens when pop culture enthusiasts from different generations swap tales of their favorite modern and classic stories? Let Your Geek Sideshow presents… Then & Now– a pop culture podcast!

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This week, we’re shining the Bat-signal on one of Gotham City’s most intelligent residents- Barbara Gordon! From running with the Bat-family as Batgirl to soaring with the Birds of Prey as Oracle, this formidable fighter uses both her physical strengths and superior intellect to keep track of crime, help other heroes, and deal with the dangers of her past.

When discussing Batgirl and how she’s evolved, you can’t forget the iconic modern “Batgirl of Burnside” designed by artist Babs Tarr, written by Brendan Fletcher and Cameron Stewart.  This most popular modern Batgirl captures a fun and breezy side of Barbara Gordon as she moves to the hip Gotham suburb of Burnside to take on foes new and old.  Batgirl of Burnside is most recognized by her purple moto-jacket, Doc Martens boots, rounded cowl, and black and yellow cape.  Also referred to as the “selfie Batgirl” she captures the modern sensibility of this hero like never before.

As Oracle, Barbara Gordon was able to leverage information about nearly all of Gotham and aid heroes in action in a new way.  Traumatized and left paralyzed by a gunshot wound from The Joker, she didn’t give up her desire to help stop crime wherever it arose.  As the “woman in the chair” for notable heroes like Batman and the Birds of Prey, Oracle became the mind behind some truly amazing heroic victories, putting mind over matter to help save the day.

Even the brightest intellects can be met with overwhelming obstacles- Barbara Gordon has proved that when she puts her mind to it, she can overcome anything in her way. Whether it’s a physical foe or a mental challenge, Batgirl has the smarts and skills to stop her enemies, aid her allies, and most importantly, help herself to stop the injustices in Gotham City and beyond.


If you are interested in following Barbara Gordon’s adventures as Batgirl and beyond, check out the following sources:

  • Batgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside
  • Birds of Prey Vol. 1
  • Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Vol. 1
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (Video Game)

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