That Gotham Police Commissioner Jim Gordon would not recognise Batgirl as being his daughter, Barbara Gordon, has stretched the suspension of disbelief almost as much as Oliver Queen not always being recognisable as The Green Arrow with that beard of his.
After her first appearance in the sixties, by the seventies even the campy comics had enough of that one.
She revealed her identity to her father in the early seventiues – to discover he had already worked it out. As one might expect.
Barbara then went on to serve as a member of the United States House of Representatives, occasionally returning to the Batgirl role. The events of Batman: The Killing Joke saw her paralysed before becoming Oracle. The reboot of the New 52 did away much of her history, though preserved the Killing Joke moments, returning Barbara to the role of a scarred Batgirl, and no mention that Jim Gordon knows Batgirl is his daughter.
Almost no mention. The zombie series DCeased included a scene in which it was clear that Jim Gordon knew all along – about all of them. As his daughter died, he could drop the pretense.
Also the Harley Quinn animated series recently had Barbara Gordon reveal her secret life as Batgirl to her father, responding to Jim's claims that Batman inspired her, removing her cowl and saying "He inspired my costume. My dad inspired me."
Also written by Tom Taylor, in the other alternate Injustice: Gods Among Us future, with Jim Gordon dying, it is implied he knew about Bruce and Barbara all along. But the current DC New 52 continuity onwards has restored the ignorance. But today's Batman: The Three Jokers by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, following on from their work on Justice League, in which it was revealed to Batman that there were indeed Three Jokers, adds a little twist or two. With Barbara making a rather clear statement.
He knows. She knows he knows. This is not new information. And she's not the only one.
Of course, this has just also happened in The Joker War – but The Three Jokers was written long before, just delayed rather.
Did the ongoing Batman titles want to get this in there before Geoff Johns did it? Today's Detective Comics #1028 seems to be taking the possibility further as well… is this heading to main Batman continuity too?
However in Batgirl #50, published today, Jim Gordon doesn't have a clue – but it does look as if Barbara Gordon may be going back into politics.
BATMAN THREE JOKERS #3 (OF 3)
The final chapter of the most terrifying and personal Batman mystery is here!
Still reeling from their last encounter with the three Jokers, Batman, Batgirl, and Red Hood discover the terrible truth about the Three Jokers' plot. Will the caped crusaders have the strength needed to put an end to the maniacal menaces' master plan once and for all, or will it be lights out for good? You won't want to miss the stunning conclusion of Batman: Three Jokers as it completes its trajectory as the ultimate examination of The Joker and his never-ending conflict with Batman.In Shops: Oct 27, 2020 SRP: $6.99
DETECTIVE COMICS #1029 JOKER WAR
(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A/CA) Kenneth Rocafort
After the City of Bane, the Riddler's takeover, The Joker War, and more, the people of Gotham City have had enough. The world is changing for Bruce Wayne, and the question he must ask himself is: What role does the Batman have in a city that rejects him? As the year barrels forward into what will become a turning point for the Dark Knight, Batman must grapple with the very citizens he has sworn to protect…while a familiar face looms large as a new threat on the horizon: Damian Wayne! In Shops: Oct 27, 2020 SRP: $3.99
(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Emanuella Lupacchinno
Series finale! All good things must come to an end, as we wrap up this run of Batgirl with one final oversized celebratory issue! In the aftermath of "The Joker War," Gotham is left in pieces that need to be picked up by Barbara and Alejo's team-but is Gotham a city worth saving anymore, and how much longer does our girl have it in her to keeping fighting for it as Batgirl? Then, if Barbara is to ever give her relationship with Jason a chance, she knows she has to face him and finally make amends with the act that crippled him.In Shops: Oct 27, 2020 SRP: $5.99
I bought my DC Comics this week from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, which runs Magic The Gathering nights on Fridays, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, which also runs Magic nights and has an extensive back issue collection and online store. If you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.