Batgirl it the latest DC character to get a New 52 makeover. Writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher along with artist Babs Tarr have taken over "Batgirl #35."
During an interview with MTV News, the writing team talked about Barbara Gordon's new look and storyline. Batgirl is reportedly leaving the "darkness" of Gotham behind her in order to explore her youth.
"Batgirl has really been put through the wringer in recent years - after being attacked and paralyzed by the Joker, her brother turning out to be a serial murderer, the trauma of her family breaking apart and the series of gruesome villains she's had to contend with, we figured she deserved a break from all that," Stewart told MTV.
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"Just prior to the start of our story she's pushed to the breaking point and decides that she's had it with misery and darkness and wants a change," he continued. "She wants the opportunity to have some fun and live the life of a young, single girl in the city, so she packs up and moves to Burnside, the cool, trendy borough of Gotham, to focus on grad school."
The new, trendy city will include coffee shops, vintage stores and more. The new Batgirl storyline will reportedly be a mix of "Veronica Mars," "Girls" and "Sherlock," according to Fletcher.
Unfortunately, a new life for Barbara means appearances by characters like Dick Grayson and Poison Ivy may not happen. Stewart explained he wants Barbara to become independent and have an identity outside of Batman and Commissioner Gordon.
"She's leaving it all behind her," Stewart told MTV. "We really wanted to make this a book with a light tone, of fun and adventure and mystery, and let the rest of the Bat-family deal with the darkness. She's got problems, and conflict, and enemies to fight, but our priority was to make this a really fun, rollicking read."