Following her paralysis at the hands of the Joker in the Killing Joke, Barbara Gordon adopted the persona of Oracle in order to maintain helping people like she had been doing as Batgirl. In her new role, Babs’ genius level intellect and knowledge of computers enabled her to be help out and provide support not just Batman, but also the majority of the superhero community from behind the scenes. Seriously, everyone from the JSA to Jaime Reyes had her on speed dial when they needed help with something.
However, due to Barbara’s previous role as Batgirl being the one most people are familiar with, there are scant appearances of her as Oracle outside of comics. Here are some of them though.
In the Batman episode Artifacts, we were given a view into the not so distant future of the characters, with the sleek younger Batman of the series having evolved into a craggy Frank Miller-ish form, an adult Dick Grayson becoming Nightwing, and with Babs becoming Oracle herself. It isn’t explicitly stated as to HOW Barbara ended up in a wheelchair (mostly because the episode was centred around Mr Freeze, and a Joker-related explanation would have been… clunky) though.
Although she did not actually appear, per se, she was actually mentioned in the Under the Red Hood movie after a fashion. Towards the end of the film, Jason Todd goes on a rant about why Batman should have killed the Joker by now, due to the “friends he’s crippled” etc. This could be a reference to Barbara (which makes sense, as in the comics the Killing Joke and Death In the Family happened very close to each other in the timeline), but she’s never mentioned by name.
In terms of appearances in video games, our examples are a touch more fruitful. Her first video game appearance could arguably be in the Batman: Dark Tomorrow game, where she provides back-up and information for Batman as the story unfolds.
Although she didn’t appear in person, Oracle also appeared in the DC Universe Online game, where she took tasks such as teleporting the player away if they were injured and heroic, or setting off the alarms if the (villainous) player were to break into the JLA Watchtower. Although she does appear in the tie-in comic I believe, she is only present in the game in the form of her green mask logo, which is occasionally projected as a hologram.
She has a larger role in the Arkham-verse games, where (chronologically speaking) she was introduced as an extremely tech savvy fan of Batman as a teenager in Batman: Arkham Origins, establishing the role she’d later develop into even prior to becoming Batgirl. In Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, she appears to split the back-up role between herself and Alfred Pennyworth. In the final game in the series, Arkham Knight, Barbara appears to have a yet more expanded role, with her coming into conflict with her father with her refusing to leave Gotham despite the Scarecrow’s threats against the city, and with it now possible for the player/Batman to explore her Clocktower headquarters.
More information about the latter example will come when its avaliable, though due to the release date being pushed back to June 2015 allegedly… we might not hear more for quite a while.
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