After two seasons, Titans has already featured a great number of young superheroes. While it all started with the quartet of Dick Grayson, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy, the series rapidly introduced plenty more fan-favorite characters. Eventually, the show also brought Hawk, Dove, Donna Troy, Jason Todd, Rose Wilson, Jericho, Superboy, Krypto and even Aqualad on the small screen to fight some of DC’s biggest villains.
And the television series isn’t stopping there. In fact, it was recently announced that Barbara Gordon would appear in the upcoming third season of Titans. In the comics, the character is a member of the Bat-family — she’s fought crime both as Batgirl and Oracle after a terrible injury left her paralyzed. But how will Barbara factor into the series’ third season?
Titans is a series firmly established in a sprawling DC Universe. Characters don’t hesitate to namedrop the biggest superheroes of the Justice League, whether it’s Superman or Wonder Woman, even though they haven’t appeared on the series. And yet, despite that, after two seasons, there has been no mention of Barbara Gordon. Sure, a girl named Barbara was mentioned in the Season 1 finale, but that was part of the nightmare reality Trigon trapped Dick Grayson in. The real Barbara, however, hasn’t been brought up by any member of the Bat-family.
And that is surprising in and of itself because, in the Batman mythos, Barbara Gordon suited up as Batgirl while Dick Grayson was still Robin. On Titans, Dick not only stopped being the Boy Wonder, but he’s also assumed a new superhero identity as Nightwing, while Jason Todd has become the other half of the iconic Dynamic Duo. Since no one in the Batcave has mentioned Barbara Gordon, it seems there are two likely scenarios as to how she could become involved in Season 3.
The first possibility is that Barbara will appear as Oracle. In 1988’s Batman: The Killing Joke, the Joker infamously attacked Barbara Gordon, shooting her in her own apartment in order to torment her father Commissioner Jim Gordon. Following the attack, Barbara was left paralyzed from the waist down — but she didn’t let that stop her from helping the people of Gotham City. While she stopped being Batgirl, she took on a new identity as Oracle.
If the timeline of Titans is meant to closely follow the one from the comics, then Barbara could have been active at the same time as Dick. If that is the case, then she could have been attacked by the Joker long before the events of Season 1, and she could have started operating as Oracle in the meantime. Therefore, in Season 3, Dick could seek her out looking for some help, especially given that his team doesn’t exactly have a tech expert — not on Oracle’s level, at least. Plus, Barbara’s trauma at the hands of the Joker sounds like something Titans, which revels in dark themes, would most assuredly explore.
However, the problem with this direction is that it creates a bit of a question mark as to why Barbara was never mentioned before. Sure, an argument could be made that what happened to her was so awful that Dick, Bruce and the other, older Titans don’t talk about it in the slightest. But the thing is, fans have already seen Bruce and Dick fight each other with tempers running high. Surely, Dick would have brought something as massive as what happened to Barbara up as part of the reason why fighting alongside Batman is dangerous.
Therefore, the more likely scenario is that Titans is straying from the timeline of the Batman mythos and introducing a Barbara Gordon who is actively working as Batgirl — or who is just about to. For the most part, the characters on Titans have shown up fully-formed as superheroes. Fans have yet to see some sort of origin story on the show — and they could finally see something of the like with Batgirl.
In fact, the television series could look to the “Batgirl of Burnside” era of the character for inspiration. The “Batgirl of Burnside” was a new beginning for Barbara Gordon in 2015. The character dropped her Bruce Wayne-sponsored Bat-costume to make one from scratch. With this new leather costume, Barbara began to operate exclusively in the Burnside area of Gotham City as the neighborhood’s protector. The fan-favorite run by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr became character-defining, and the homemade costume Barbara made for herself turned into an iconic addition of Batgirl history.
The “Batgirl of Burnside” was not an origin story for Barbara Gordon, but it could easily be retooled as such on Titans. With Batman and Robin operating on their side of Gotham, Barbara could take it upon herself to protect her own neglected neighborhood. This would allow for an interesting storyline on the television series that could run parallel to whatever threat the Titans will face next. Nightwing could even take her under his wing to train her to become a better vigilante, to give her tips and help design better armor and gadgets. He could even groom her to take Donna Troy’s place on the Titans roster after Donna’s tragic death at the end of Season 2.
What’s more, this could even set up the fan-favorite relationship between Dick and Barbara. There has been a lot of darkness in the first two seasons of Titans, which means a hopeful love story could bring a bit of levity to all the drama. Plus, it would be great to see a Gotham superhero fight outside of Batman’s shadow and stand on her own. Season 2 of Titans ended by closing the book on what had come before and setting the stage for a new, brighter beginning — and the debut of Batgirl would echo perfectly into that theme.
Streaming now on DC Universe, Titans Season 2 stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Kory Anders, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth, Ryan Potter as Garfield Logan, Curran Walters as Jason Todd and Conor Leslie as Donna Troy, with Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger, Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall, Joshua Orpin as Superboy, Chelsea Zhang as Rose Wilson, Chella Man as Jericho, Drew Van Acker as Aqualad, Esai Morales as Deathstroke and Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne.
Now that it's been confirmed Season 3 of Titans will introduce Barbara Gordon, here's how Batgirl could factor into the DC Universe series.