As fans continue to parse through the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” Ultimate Edition Blu-ray release for Easter eggs, an interesting screenshot has begun circulating that might reveal Barbara Gordon’s part in the DC Films universe. The image below, as spotted by ComicBookMovie, could contain a hint about what incarnation of the younger Gordon fans can expect to meet in future DC movies. Potential spoilers follow.
It would appear that Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne is scrolling through computer files in his Batcave via none other than an “Oracle System,” which could point toward Barbara’s job as the pivotal hacker and information gatherer for Gotham’s crimefighting family. This might mean that her days as Batgirl are already behind her — or it may mean they’re still ahead, or nowhere to be seen. It could also be nothing, given how deeply embedded this potential clue is within the film. In any case, something in “BvS” sharing a name so deeply associated with Batman’s world is, at the very least, a nice nod to watchful fans.
In the comics, Oracle was the codename Barbara Gordon adopted after she was shot and paralyzed by the Joker in 1988’s seminal “Batman: The Killing Joke” by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. The story is currently being adapted as an “>R-rated animated feature starring Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill scheduled for release on July 26. Barbara’s tech savvy and skills as a hacker allowed her to continue fighting crime as a source of information for Batman and a member of the Birds of Prey. She returned as Batgirl during DC’s New 52 relaunch in 2011.
The “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” Ultimate Edition is available on Blu-ray and Digital Download now. A version of Barbara Gordon’s Oracle origin story can be seen in the film adaptation of “Batman: The Killing Joke” on July 26 on VOD and a one-night-only theatrical release.
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