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Batman and Batgirl by Terry Beatty

It's ridiculous to think somebody wakes up thinking how lucky they are to be confined to a wheelchair, and yet the attitude around DC and among the fans is that Oracle is the better character over Batgirl because of her handicap. Rubbish. Batgirl has fought more crime and done more to aid Batman as Batgirl than she has as Oracle. Batgirl has saved Batman's life on numerous occasions. Oracle has not. Barbara in this incarnation is not a bad character, but she is not better because she no longer hunts the night in cape and cowl.

"I actually like that in that opening story both Batman and Batgirl make a series of mistakes and then it kind of escalates, because Batman kind of overreacts and then she overreacts to his overreaction," longtime Batman Bruce Timm said at the Comic-Con panel. "That's a very human thing."

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Eventually, Batman told Batgirl the secret of his dual identity and granted her free access to the Batcave and all its technology. When her then-boyfriend, Dick Grayson, learned of her identity as Batgirl, he helped Batman and Batgirl fight the Joker and then got into an argument with Batman over bringing her into the team and putting her in danger. She cited that she chose to become Batgirl, only for Dick to tell her that Batman likes to pull strings and manipulate people, Batman thought that they all wanted the same thing, but, Dick told him times change and people change, including himself, Batman tried to stop him from leaving, before Dick turned around and punched him in the face, Barbara looked on in shock, Dick took of pieces of his costume, including his mask and his cape, threw them at Batman and left Gotham to become Nightwing. When Dick Grayson left Gotham, Batman found himself calling on Batgirl to work with him on special cases. The Batcomputer quickly became her domain and now she even surpasses Batman, Robin and Nightwing in cyber-expertise.

Of course, this isn't the first time fans have seen a Batman/Batgirl relationship in a cartoon. Batman Beyond strongly hinted at a failed past relationship between Batman and Batgirl. A 2014 comic continuation of that series not only confirmed that Batman and Batgirl once had a physical relationship, it revealed that Batman impregnated Batgirl while she was dating Dick Grayson. Batgirl had a miscarriage after getting punched while stopping a robbery, and Grayson ended up beating the snot out of Batman for...well, you know.