Is Batgirl more than just another Batman sidekick?
If you have seen one of this year’s best movies, the Lego Batman Movie, you would have noticed how controlling Batgirl is to Batman and the Bat Family. Considering the Dark Knight’s grouchiness and Robin’s hyper personality, having someone “in charge” like Batgirl (and sometimes Alfred) sure does keep things in line.
While she may not be gifted with superpowers, her intelligence and self- defence skills have always been her strong points. This unfortunately limited her villain gallery to the not so great: Killer Moth, Cavalier, Mirror, Crazy Quilt, etc.
It takes a lot of adapting to survive for five decades. Ignoring the times where she wasn’t so great, there’s a lot of different stories to the character. This is mainly because there have been a few different Batgirls, every one of them bringing a different attitude to the character.
Batgirl was given a new look in her latest comic, in which the character was given a youthful appearance that was instantly loved by many different generations of readers, that was brought up on social media and the Internet. It generated positive reviews and even inspired other comic creators to do the same to the characters they had designed (Silk, Spider-Gwen, Ms. Marvel and Spider-Woman).
Ava, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy