Dear Oracle-fans, New 52 haters, etc…
I understand your frustration against Barbara Gordon’s return as Batgirl. Honestly, I was at first. Of course, I did think that “reboot” meant Babs was going to be COMPLETELY restarted, like she hadn’t gone through The Killing Joke, that kinda thing.
Babs had a great run as Oracle (no pun intended). She proved that she didn’t need legs to kick serious butt. A ton of you are bitter towards the fact that Babs was “ruined” because they gave her legs back to her.
Now, think about this…
What if Barbara Gordon was a real life person, and all her situations were real? We care about her even though she is just a fictional character. Of course, in many ways, she is more than that. She’s an inspiration to many fans, as well as many people confined to wheelchairs.
As a Barbara Gordon fan, I’m happy for her. If she were real, I am sure none of you would be so upset that she was given the use of her legs back.
On the other hand, what about real people confined in wheelchairs?
At Heroes Con, I cosplayed as Oracle. A ton of people stopped me and wanted to take pictures. I was also asked how upset I was about Babs being Batgirl again. I said I wasn’t, and that I thought Gail was doing an amazing job. As I wheeled through the convention floor, I passed a guy in a wheelchair. He was a little older than me. He looked at me with what seemed to be a mournful expression and softly said “I wish I had a reboot…”.
I didn’t know how to respond, but my heart broke that day.
Barbara Gordon was given a miracle that many people may not ever receive, but it can do something else.
It can give them hope.
I see it as, no matter what situation you are in, you can over come it. It may not be as miraculous as Barbara’s situation, but you never know. You just can’t lose faith.
Be happy for Batgirl. She’s been given her wings again.
Well, I didn’t expect to cry while checking my dashboard this afternoon, but that’s what just happened.
Thank you for your incredibly kind words. They are going to stick with me.
I also feel for the guy wishing for a reboot. I wish I could give him one. I would love for them to be an Oracle that still functions in that way Barbara did for PWD.
This topic is almost too big for me to respond to because I have a million feelings about it and words don’t seem effective at conveying them all. I love Batgirl, but I miss Oracle. I love Barbara either way. I understand people being sad about the loss, and I am grateful that others are rooting for Barbara as Batgirl.
I know a lot of people showed tremendous faith in me on this, even over their understandable skepticism. I’ve tried to earn it, tried to show a Barbara who was still struggling and still inspiring, who didn’t just leap out of the chair and never speak of it again.
I really run out of words when I talk about this, but thank you so much for this lovely post. I know not everyone will agree at all, and that’s fine, but it was a very meaningful post nonetheless.