After some controversy over Batgirl’s biography related to her recovery from paralysis Gotham KnightsDetails have been changed Warner Bros. Montreal.
Gotham Knights is set to release later this year, but fans have expressed their concerns about specific narrative details about Batgirl’s history.as in biography On the game’s official website, it was originally stated that “her father’s death prompted her to train and recover from her wounds so that she could return to active duty as Batgirl.”
Fans apparently reacted negatively to this, as this is not the way to “recover” from a lifelong disability.
Some quick background on the Batman universe: Commissioner Gordon’s daughter Barbara Gordon first donned Batman’s cape in 1967. But in the famous comic “Killing Joke,” Gordon is shot in the spine by the Joker and paralyzed from the waist down. In turn, she becomes Oracle, a more tech-savvy hero, helping Batman out of the shadows. More recently, in the New 52 era of the comics, Batgirl underwent experimental surgery and physical therapy to restore her mobility.
It’s a complicated history and shouldn’t be written off just because “she’s trained” to change it. Now, though, in a recent Q&A with the developers (as reported by Eurogamer), the developers have altered Batgirl’s biography in an attempt to be more sensitive to the character.
“As with many of our characters and plot elements, Barbara’s injury differs from what is depicted in the comics in important ways,” explained creative director Patrick Redding in the Q&A. “Barbara has undergone multiple surgeries followed by extensive physical therapy and pain management [in Gotham Knights]. “
Now, described as “after extensive training and rehabilitation, she has recovered from her wounds and is back on active duty as Batgirl.” Warner Bros. Montreal is also working with the charity Able Gamers, “to understand the different types of spinal injuries and The potential for people to regain mobility.”