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Batgirl Reboot "animated" by MatthewRHumphreys Batgirl Reboot "animated" by MatthewRHumphreys
This reboot is specifically for an animated show I dreamed up that will never happen haha.

New background.

Barbara Gordon is a 17 year old High School student who is entering her Senior Year. Her father, Commission Jim Gordon is her idol and inspiration to become a police officer herself one day. Unfortunately Jim refuses to accept his daughter's goal and insists because of her genius intellect and gymnastics scholarships (which would allow her entry into high prestige schools) she should go to college and become a doctor or a lawyer or something outside of being a police officer.

Despite his protests, Barb insists on proving to her father and herself that she can do it.

The particulars, Batgirl ISN'T infatuated with Batman. Her choice of identity is because Jim trusts Batman despite not even knowing who he is, and she feels if she can prove herself behind the mask, then when she reveals herself to him he'll have to accept that she's a capable crime fighter.

Her costume is actually a couple of her gymnastics leotards refitted together in costume fashion. She raided her father's old locker in the basement finding one of his kevlar vests. She uses the internet to learn how work Kevlar into a fabric and lines the purple center mass of her costume with it.

The belt is mostly a stylistic choice for it's look, but it does contain various items like a utility belt, but as proven by the multitude of batman cartoons, reaching behind her back would serve as a 'tell' that she's gotten something out of her belt so no need for animated pouches.

Batman would rarely appear on my show. He's more a symbol than a character for Batgirl. Jim as well would likely only be seen from behind or through doors talking to her. I don't want him to be some overbearing figure, more he's a path and a Macguffin for episodes to overhear talking about cases she could solve.

Her nemesis in this would be Harley Quinn. A girl from her school who has similar aspirations, but is more localized on trying to get the notice of the Joker.

As the show goes on, each girl would be less inclined to try and prove themselves to some man and instead start realizing they have their own paths to follow independent of other's wishes or demands.

I think possibly Barb would find a semi-mentor in Catwoman rather than Batman. Catwoman would still be a cat burglar but her knowledge of how both Batman and the police work would give Batgirl insight and guidance. She'd of course continue to try and catch Catwoman but wouldn't succeed. Similar to Cassandra Cain's relationship with Lady Shiva. She's a bad guy, but has knowledge Barb can use.
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:iconthatjoeherrmann:
ThatJoeHerrmann Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would watch the heck out of this.
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:iconjoemdavis:
JoeMDavis Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This needs to happen! These designs are great! :)
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:icon60sshowkid1960:
60sshowkid1960 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually that looks better than all star and The Batman verison of batgirl. Maybe you should be an artist for new batman show
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EggHeadCheesyBird Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Aw man, I love the idea with the Harley Quinn rivalry
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Omnipotrent Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
I liiiiiiike
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:iconcreeperman999:
creeperman999 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Do Firefly! :D
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Megamanxfans1911 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Artist
She look like batgirl from the 2004 batman
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geek179 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
The idea behind this is just so interesting! I would totally watch that I it was a show! Too bad you can't make it happen :(
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Djnerdyboy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Well, it might not be able to become a tv show, a flash web-series could work if there were any animators who were interested in the idea. I know I'd watch it, so I would want it to happen either way.
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benfrenZ Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not a fan of Barbara Gordon as a high school student. That said, these sketches look amazing.
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:icondiscipleofsakura:
DiscipleOfSakura Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd watch that show.
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:iconmatthewrhumphreys:
MatthewRHumphreys Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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:iconkaburninator:
kaburninator Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
sweetjob
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:iconrblue:
Rblue Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Sounds like a good idea.
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:iconmikehollowhead:
mikehollowhead Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
when ah first glanced at this ah did'nt realy like it. then ah saw the sketch on the right(the smirk),then ah read your take(background)on her.....now ah've got mah friend's dvr hacked and set ta record this show.
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:iconmatthewrhumphreys:
MatthewRHumphreys Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
If only I could really make it a show
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:iconmikehollowhead:
mikehollowhead Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
till that dream come's true, she can at least inspire the batgirl in the batman rpg ah'm gunna help run next year.
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RobotMaster3 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Very cute design, and awesome spin on the story.
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:iconchazzpineda:
chazzpineda Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This design is awesome, not to mention the solid story :).
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Momorikku Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Loving all of these different ideas. It'd be great if this actually turned into a show on tv. Love it, especially the potential for Poison Ivy and Harley to sort of step out of the shadows and become major players in the series.
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dcjosh Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this popped up on my page again via 'random favorites' and dudue. i STILL love this. freakin great.

[more!]

<3 <3 <3
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MatthewRHumphreys Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha. Thanks bud
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Spike2 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
It would be great to pitch this as a comic book, if not an actual cartoon.
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:iconmockingnerd:
mockingnerd Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student Writer
I really, really love this design!
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:icondarkpanik:
DarkPanik Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really like her costume. Nice one!
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:iconflower-power1:
Flower-power1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Why is this not real!

I love your designs.
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StaticBat83 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Would have loved to see this in a comic or cartoon.
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Cute pic!
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jackalphoenix Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not a fan of the costume here, not sure why, it's just not clicking for me. That said, I love your character idea/description, particularly why she would choose to be Batgirl, and so forth. I think this would be a great series if it were ever made.
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CerealGuy Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Sell the pitch, I love it.
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Ophelianime Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
I would so love to see this happen!
Have you tried pitching it to Warner Bros?
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etile Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
my god I love your style . . . and I wish we could make this cartoon happen.
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kamikazenac Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Her design looks great and I hope it gets made. A thought just accrued to me though and I apologize if it sound like I'm picking on your idea but, Batman would never let a kid run around in costume using his name without his approval and its not like Barbara can hide it from him hes Batman after all. So unless Bats is off saving the world with the Justice League when Barb makes her debuts she probably gonna be found out by at least the second episode at the latest and there goes your batman uninvolved right out the window.
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ianmsquee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Cool Design! :icongrin--plz:
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bladercomedyteam Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011   General Artist
Again with teenage-ifying every character ugh. Well at least I like her back story more than your harley quin one. And again, the art is just great, I really like your visual sense for animation styles.
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SP85 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011   Digital Artist
I would definitely like this to be a reality! Sounds like a great idea! ^_^
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SacherTorte Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Awesome idea, I like the designs too
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Nosferatu-Dude Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
I'd totally watch this.
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GemmaDuffill Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw she's cute!
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:iconcode-e:
Code-E Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student General Artist
You idea is too damn good to be just a fan work. This needs to be made for real! Also, love your character designs, especially Babs!
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soundestguitar Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
dude, i say go for it! good ideas come along so rarely and this...this is a good idea! as i said before, im behind you on this all the way! if you are making a series of storyboards and a script, that is awsome!

go for it man, this is brilliant stuff!
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Gimpyslair Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
I like the concept, I love Babs :) Where would Dick stand in all this? Just a comerade or she would sometimes meet Robin?
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captkiro Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
pretty neat concept except for the gems on her waist. I just don't know what they are for other than aesthetics
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AuraVampyre Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
The story, the drawings, the flat out reinterpretation is perfect. I say that you should seriously go to DC and WB and pitch the show to them, with the recent successes of female centered shows like the new MLP, a good well designed female superhero show could seriously come to be. The time is perfect for this show to be given the chance to actually become reality!
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Woerlan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
I love your reboot designs, and the character backgrounds are excellent.
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Tenoh82 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Dude everything you have done is just amazing, love the characters the story the look and style are very unique. God knows we need something new and awesome like this on tv. Have you ever considered pitching it to DC? and are you going to add other support characters that always seem forgotten comics like Huntress shes really close friends with Barbra even though they always have different points of views. She has also been working with the question/Montoya in the comics a lot lately too which would give you another tie into the characters you have designed.?
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ageo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Who knows brother... I think the big studios must check the art of the fans, and find better inspiration. Your art is really great, and I really envy your talent... : D

Come on, send your portfolio to the Warner, maybe, one day you receive "the call"... : D
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jeffreymunoz Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Do Calender man!
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