Detective Comics, Batman Family and other appearances — [ edit ] Cover of "The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl" Art by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson Prior to the introduction of Barbara Gordon, the Batwoman character and her sidekick Bat-Girl appeared in Batman-related publications, but were eventually removed at the direction of editor Julius Schwartz for being outdated and unrealistic. Schwartz stated that he had been asked to develop a new female character in order to attract a female viewership to the Batman television series of the s. Infantino reflected on the creation of Batgirl, stating "Bob Kane had had a Bat-Girl for about three stories in the '50s but she had nothing to do with a bat. She was like a pesky girl version of Robin. I knew we could do a lot better, so Julie and I came up with the real Batgirl, who was so popular she almost got her own TV show.
With pre-production underway and a frontrunner actress already on the map, Batgirl is somehow well past the concept stages. Though many factors about the movie are unknown, the most pressing question remains: As we look back at her many iterations from Bette Kane to Cassandra Cain, we encounter some of the strangest moments in the history of Detective Comics. She may not be as famous as Catwoman or Robin, but Batgirl has been involved in some truly scandalous events during her tenure in Gotham and beyond. Major deaths are reversed, heroes turn bad, and villains become good. However fleeting most superhero stories may be, the paralyzing of Barbara Gordon is forever.