DC Comics first introduced Batgirl in the 1961 publication of Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff. She was the female counterpart of Batman in the comics and got named Betty Kane in the first publication. But Betty Kane got replaced with the name Barbara Gordon in the next edition in 1967. Barbara Gordon became the iconic Batgirl by then.
Batgirl’s first appearance in a costume included a tight black wet suit that accentuated her sexy figure. Although her cape hides her ass, she still looked hot in her outfit.
The iconic Batgirl debuted in January 1967 for the Detective Comics #359. She was the daughter of the police commissioner called James Gordon. Since the story of Batman was in Gotham City, Batgirl also operated within the City.
Batgirl’s appearances were constant in other comics like Batman Family until she retired in 1988 through Barbara Kesel’s Batgirl Special #1.
In 2009, DC named Stephanie Brown as the Batgirl. She became a constant character until 2011. The New 52 by DC comics included Stephanie Brown as Batgirl in their monthly publication. It was until in their revised continuity that they re-launched Barbara Gordon as the new Batgirl.
Since the re-launch of the series in 2011, Batgirl has been on the top 30 monthly best-selling comics. Batgirl #1 had the most substantial sold copies, with over 100,000 copies sold. It also ranked #12 in the Top 30 monthly best-selling comics.
Batgirl #2 sold over 75,000 copies and ranked #14. The hardbound edition of Batgirl: The Darkest Reflection has issues 1-6 and became the New York Times’ Best Seller List.
Barbara Gordon made another appearance on the Birds of Prey #1 issue. In the story, she got asked to join the Birds of Prey roster; however, she rejected it and suggested that Katana should join. But, she eventually joined the team in the #4 issue, according to the writer, Duane Swierczynski.
In 2014, the Batgirl comics’ team had a change of writers. In the first six issues with the new Batgirl team, Barbara Gordon explored a new life as a Ph.D. student in Gotham. But she still had those PTSD episodes, and the villain behind her trauma got revealed through her brain scans.
The reboot on Batgirl had positive reviews at first, especially the dark visualization of the comics. However, it underwent a controversy because of the introduction of the villain called Dagger Type in issue #37. The creators apologized for that said issue and revised it.
In other versions of Batgirl, she got visualized to become sexier, and her boobs became bigger. The creators also made her appearance more badass-like, especially in the Batgirl: Future’s End #1. With Batgirl’s bikini body in the other versions, she became one of the hottest superheroes of DC.