Photo: DC Comics
In 1989, Gordon was reintroduced as the wheelchair-bound character Oracle who used her genius to work as a hacker fighting cybercrime while two other characters wore the Batgirl mask.
But DC Comics has announced that in September the crime fighting heroine will return to full strength. The controversial move is part of a relaunch by DC Comics that will begin the series again from issue number one.
This decision has sparked the most outcry among fans of the series, who have claimed that Oracle was the only disabled superhero on the shelves.
Batgirl writer Gail Simone has said that she understands the concern.
"She's been removed from the action and danger for a long time," Simone told Newsarama. "With this relaunch she is still very much Barbara but she can reclaim part of her history and legacy with modern stories - in her own book and elsewhere - drawn by some wonderful artists."
Batgirl 1 will launch this September.
Eventually all of DC Universe's 52 comic book series will go back to square one, with new, modern storylines, in an attempt to reignite reader interest in the genre.