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Comic Book Legends Revealed #406

COMIC LEGEND: Before becoming a cast member of Batman for Season 3, Yvonne Craig nearly had her own series as Batgirl.

STATUS: I'm Going with False

Yvonne Craig joined the cast of Batman in its third and final season as Batgirl...

There is a never-aired seven minute clip that introduced the character in a story that somewhat mimics Batgirl's comic book debut...

Well, it has Killer Moth as the villain, at least...

Here's Barbara Gordon in the clip...

and here she is as Batgirl...

and here she is on her bike...

Over the years, the story has become that this seven-minute clip (which you can see here...

was intended as a pilot for a Batgirl TV series that would be paired with Batman as a one-hour block.

This does not appear to be the case. First off, Batman's ratings took a notable hit in its second season. ABC was not exactly compelled to give the show a third season, let alone give it a SPIN-OFF. No, what the above short was was an exercise by the Batman producers to give ABC a reason to renew Batman for a third season, with the addition of Craig as Batgirl as a reason to keep the show going.

It worked enough to get the show a third season, and actually, for awhile there, ABC was considering giving the show a FOURTH season, with Batgirl replacing Robin full-time. Instead, they just canceled the series. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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