The Killing Joke was already a controversial comic book. Being adapted into an animated movie by DC Comics there was the suggestion that changes might be made. Barbara Gordon would be seen as Batgirl. She would have more agency. It would change the tone.
Barbara Gordon would be seen as Batgirl. She would have more agency. It would change the tone.
But as well as Batgirl being inserted into The Killing Joke, it seems Batman has inserted himself into Batgirl.
You know, people didn't like this when it was Catwoman…
"It was just sex for god's sake, it doesn't have to mean anything. Not like we have to care, I don't care, you don't care, let's just go back how it was. That's all. Please…"
So, yes. Batman shags Batgirl. Then dumps her. And hangs up on her when she calls.
Cue the outrage.
And for some there is professional blowback..