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Barbara Gordon (Batman 1966 TV Series)

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Barbara Gordon was the daughter of Commissioner James Gordon and a librarian. She met Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson at the Gotham City Public Library. As Barbara and Bruce become acquainted, Killer Moth and his Mothmen (who are in the library in full costume) discuss a plan of attack. One Mothman suggests taking Bruce Wayne hostage, but Killer Moth shows reluctance, due to Bruce's alleged friendship with Batman. Killer Moth directs the group to kidnap Bruce's business acquaintance Roger Montrose instead, who also happens to be a billionaire. When Bruce and Dick realize the presence of their adversaries, they quickly leave the library to change into Batman and Robin. When Batman and Robin enter the library, Killer Moth uses his cocoon spinning spray gun to imprison the Dynamic Duo in a huge cocoon. Barbara has been locked in the library's adjoining room by Killer Moth, where there is a secret closet containing her Batgirl costume; she exits the library via the closet to appear outside the window. Batgirl then smashes straight through the window and overpowers the villains (during which the library is trashed), before using a powerful laser in her Batgirl-compact to free Batman and Robin from the cocoon. The Terrific Trio then finish off Killer Moth and the Mothmen together.

Afterwards, Batman asks Batgirl who she really is, but she refuses to tell him on the grounds that Batman would never reveal his true identity to anyone. Leaving Batman and Robin wondering, Batgirl rides off on her Batgirl-cycle.


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  • Barbara Gordon was portrayed by Yvonne Craig.
  • Barbara Gordon had actually made her first appearance in an unaired and untitled 7½-minute pilot episode (see History section above for synopsis), which took place solely in the Gotham City Public Library (apart from a brief scene at Gotham City Police Headquarters, when Commissioner Gordon talks to Barbara on the telephone), before her televised origin in "Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin". The guest cast for the pilot were Tim Herbert as Killer Moth and Joey Tata as the leading Mothman[1].
  • For her first on-screen appearance in the pilot episode (see previous footnote), Yvonne Craig wore a mask with pointed edges as Batgirl, but this left red marks on her face and so was changed to a rounded one for the series to alleviate the problem[2].
  • The 2003 CBS movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt featured a brief scene with the Barbara Gordon/Batgirl character, portrayed by Erin Carufel. Yvonne Craig, unlike her on-screen co-stars Adam West and Burt Ward, did not return for the movie.


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  1. The Official Batman Batbook: The Revised Bat Edition by Joel Eisner (page 331).
  2. The Official Batman Batbook: The Revised Bat Edition by Joel Eisner (page 332).

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