Batgirl had a pretty iconic modernization that gave her a Doc Marten-sporting, leather jacket-wearing style back during Batgirl of Burnside’s soft reboot of the Gotham hero. Now, with a new creative team taking over her book (writer Mairghread Scott and artists Paul Pelletier and Elena Casagrande), she’s going a little retro.
Artist and concept designer Sean Gordon Murphy posted pics of the utility-belted hero via Twitter, including a redesign spec where he questions things like whether to have high or low boots -- while highlighting some cool details like Batgirl’s bat-shaped boot treads.
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In an interview with Polygon, Scott said that the look is “supposed to be a version of the costume that she was working on when she still lived with her dad. That’s why it looks so much like her original Batgirl: Year One outfit — like, she’s with her dad.” Explaining how it will affect the story, Scott noted that the costume is specifically “a little less bright — we wanted her to be more stealthy, and we want her to be able to integrate some more tech with the belt.”
This factors into a story that angles on the dark side, threatening grievous injuries and villains that won’t hesitate to get violent with Barbara Gordon. According to Scott, the art was key in keeping Batgirl how fans know her through it all. The artists “are really focused on keeping Babs true to character. It was important to us that the art communicates her as a hero rather than a pin up or a victim.”
Batgirl brings out her new look in Batgirl #27, out Sep. 26.