May 14, 2010

Folks we have an event tonight! On WADL 38 Detroit television at 7PM EST The third season of the Batman TV show is on. This is the season featuring Yvonne Craig as Batgirl!

Most famously, in Batman, Yvonne Craig had the role of Batgirl (and her alter ego, librarian Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon’s daughter). She appeared in the final 1967–1968 season. Batgirl’s true identity was unknown to Batman and Robin, and their true identity was unknown to her; only Alfred, the butler for Bruce Wayne/Batman, was aware of Batgirl’s identity.

Although the Batman TV show has been criticized as “campy,” (and Adam West himself said that the show was intentionally a lampoon and farce) many have praised Yvonne Craig’s portrayal as having paved the way for many other television heroines in the years that followed. Craig appeared in the last season of the series and was often put in “perilous” situations, along with Batman and Robin.

Craig felt some connection to the character and complained to DC Comics about her fate after Barbara Gordon was shot/paralyzed by The Joker in the 1988 graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke.

(Portions of this document were excerpted from the Wikipedia article on Batgirl)



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