New 52 Inspirations

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Gail Simone’s take on Barbara Gordon might make it to the big screen. By Jesse Schedeen

The DC Extended Universe continues to grow, with WB reportedly moving forward with a Batgirl movie to be written and directed by Joss Whedon. Whatever your thoughts on the DCEU, that’s a pretty exciting prospect.

Entertainment Weekly is also reporting that the movie will draw heavily from DC’s New 52 Batgirl comics, specifically those written by Gail Simone. That gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new film in terms of tone and subject matter. If you’re not familiar with Simone’s Batgirl run, here are five ways her work could wind up inspiring the new movie.

Barbara Gordon’s PTSD

The New 52 offered a drastically different status quo for Barbara Gordon. Ever since being shot by Joker in Batman: The Killing Joke, Barbara had been left paralyzed and unable to continue as Batgirl. Instead, she traded in her cape and cowl for a computer, becoming a skilled hacker known across the superhero community as Oracle.

That all changed when Simone’s Batgirl run began. As the series opened, Barbara had recently overcome her paralysis and was settling back