"OK guys, it seems that we have gotten notice for being progressive, despite the fact that Frank Miller is still allowed to write female characters. How can we ruin this reputation of ours?" "Well, let's see. Tell me a minority." "Uh... The disabled?" "Perfect. Who's the most famous disabled superhero?" "That would be Barbara Gordon aka Oracle." "Didn't Barbara use to be known as Batgirl?" "Yeah, until the Joker shot her in The Killing Joke." "Well, how can we use her to clearly offend the disabled?" "Uh... give her her legs back?" "Brilliant idea! Let's make her Batgirl again! Insult both the disabled and those with disabled friends!" "Great! Hasn't she been disabled since 1988? 20 years of progression and back! Awesome!"
A lot of readers who are actually disabled in real life find the idea of a crippled character jumping out of her wheelchair, pulling on some tights, and doing a good ol' batusi, to be just a tad offensive. In the most positive light, it deprives those readers of a character they can relate to. In a moe realistic light, it mocks a serious medical condition in the service of a money-grab event. I'm not even crippled, and I find it offensive.
Ah, thanks for the explanation, I see how it could be offensive, but it is a character, I suppose I just tend to take things like that a little less seriously in comic books, but even then, as you said, oracle was a favorite of a lot of readers for various reasons.
Hey I don't know why everyone was in such an uproar I think its great that Babs is gonna walk again (this is coming from someone with a disability) So what if she might become batgirl for a little while, she is still awesome and no matter what I'm sure she'll stay that way. Love this pictre
I do wish that they were going to keep her character development from being Oracle though. From what I've heard she's just getting rebooted back to plucky female side kick rather than still being the Birds of Prey's awesome leader chick, just able to walk again.
I understnad that but with all her past accomplishments I'm sure that she will have more rank as 'Batgirl' I mean we all think of Robin as a lame sidekick at times but when Damian Wayne came into the picture the role of Robin was never more awesome. I mean we really don't know, my suggestion is just wait and see what DC does, but I do understand your concern.
I don't know that they'll do that though. I remember reading in one of the blog posts regarding the change that Gail Simone has said that her being Batgirl again doesn't mean that she was never Oracle in the new world, but she also said that she couldn't see Oracle Babs as going back to being Batgirl. It's also worth noting that Damian has usually been paired with Dick Greyson's Batman rather than Bruce Wayne's, they balance out the goofy to serious ratio there. I will probably read the first couple of issues of the new Batgirl, if only just to see how they play it out, but it's one of those things that I can't see sticking.
The change from Oracle to Batgirl also leaves me questioning what DC will do with some of their newer or more minor characters like Batwoman or the current Question.
I can kind of see where DCWKA is coming from because of how few disabled superheroes there are, but they made it way too personal. At the same time though, I have to agree with some of the other posters who pointed out that Babs probably isn't going to just suddenly stop being Oracle if she gets to walk again. I'm also thinking that it won't last too long unless they give Gail Simone a really good reason.
Don't worry about it. This is the kind of thing that people are going to argue about no matter who does the art. I wouldn't let them get to you.
No worries, I wouldn't offer them if I didn't believe them.
Are we talking the Birds of Prey reboot or the Batgirl reboot? It would seriously suck if they just tossed her version of the Birds out.
On a more minor character level, would the reboot magic Vic Sage back to life and Renee Montoya back into the closet? DC could very easily screw up a huge number of characters and piss off various chunks of their fans.
I think there's going to be some kind of Batgirl thing with the new universe which is what inspired the sketch.
Also, the DC tag line is that this new universe will be more "diverse" which could mean anything really. I'm not sure they'll be able to appease the hardcore fans, but I'm hoping they do right by the fans. I guess we'll have to wait until September. Unless, of course, they spoil everything before then.
That could be linked to Batman's internet 3.0 (which I really hope they never mention again). Maybe it's something like a virtual reality?
They'll never please all of the hardcore fans. As long as they keep the fans in mind though, it should be alright. I'm just hoping that they don't completely throw out what they're doing with some of the current runs.
Gail Simone is writing the Batgirl reboot so it seems like Babs is in good hands. But I don't know, no Oracle just seems like a huge slap in the face to a very strong fandom. But who really knows what's going on until the issues actually drop.
This internet 3.0 sounds like it would make my brain leak out of my nose.