Barbara Gordon Gordon became Batgirl in the two part episode "Shadow of the Bat" (1993). In the character's third appearance, Barbara Gordon played a starring role in the series finale "Batgirl Returns" (1994). The elder Barbara Gordon in this series also retired her Batgirl persona and serves as Police Commissioner of Gotham City. Here, she was never shot by The Joker, him being shot first by Tim Drake. However, she says that she had to retire the Batgirl persona after being shot with a machine gun.