Batgirl, everyone’s favorite female member of the DC Comics Bat family, is Barbara Gordon, a confident young woman as committed to justice as her father, Gotham City’s top cop Commissioner Gordon. This October, the kickass Superheroine, who has bailed out the Dark Knight himself on countless occasions, is getting a brand new look that’s said to be “way more practical than the skin-hugging body-armor comic fans might be used to.” Hallelujah!
Barbara’s makeover (or refreshing makeunder, as we see it) is compliments of a new creative team DC Comics has brought on for the Batgirl series. Her story will be told by dynamic writing duo – Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher – and her revamped image will be brought to life by artist Babs Tarr.
Tarr told MTV News, “I am excited to bring some flirt, fun, and fashion to the title! I don’t think you see a lot of that in mainstream comics and I am excited to bring that to the table. Who doesn’t love a sassy super hero?”
As for how the story behind Batgirl’s new look will play out in issue #35 this fall, it goes like this, “Barbara is forced to make a new costume for herself when her old one becomes unavailable. The new one is something she’s able to make herself, shopping at the various boutique and vintage stores in Burnside. It also reflects her youth and style.”
Batgirl is known as an exceptional fighter and detective. She is also unparalleled in her computer skills. So, on logic and necessity alone, we’re all for the change. Nonetheless, we wanted to get an “expert” opinion, and turned to our favorite feminist dad and comics junkie, WYSK Contributor John Marcotte.
He’s a fan of the more “street vigilante/realistic” look of Batgirl’s new costume. It’s a refreshing shift from the previous outfit that, by all appearances, seems to have been carefully sculpted to emphasize Barbara’s chest, a design detail that John refers to as “the ‘boob-sock’ issue,” meaning it looks like the outfit had separate armored cups for each breast.” He tells us, “The only real reason to draw it that way is to attract 14-year-old boys.”
But back to Batgirl’s new crime fighting garb. John says, “I like the practicality of it: cape snaps so it can’t trip her up; Doc Martin-style combat boots (no heels); leather jacket to provide protection, and which de-emphasizes the bust.”
His final word, “I approve and I do hope that the trend of avoiding one-piece swimsuits, cleavage and ‘boob socks’ continues. We can still have strong, attractive heroines without making them look like centerfolds playing dress up.”
Comic fan or not, what do you think of Batgirl’s new look?