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C2E2 2014: Gail Simone talks BATGIRL, Ragdoll, and Futures End

Things are getting a little rough for Barbara Gordon. But of course she'll be kicking plenty of butt.

It's C2E2 this weekend. We had the chance the talk to Gail Simone about the upcoming stories in BATGIRL and this week's Annual. Unfortunately when we film the video interview, the video glitched out. Thankfully, we still had the audio! Here's what Gail had to say about the upcoming adventures of Barbara Gordon in Gotham City and beyond.

COMIC VINE: It sounds like things are getting bad for Batgirl. Some people are looking for her...

GAIL SIMONE: Batgirl is really having some hard times right now, and I'm really looking forward to this three issue story that's coming up in #32, #33, and #34 because it gets really difficult for Batgirl and she learns she actually has some allies that she didn't know she had.

CV: Well, that's good. So it's not going to be all dreary and gloom for Batgirl.

GS: I didn't say that. [laughs]

CV: We also have Ragdoll coming up which I imagine you're excited. We're all excited.

GS: I'm so excited and Fernando's version of Ragdoll is so freakin' creepy. I can't believe it. You will... It's just outstanding.

CV: Are we going to have the same Ragdoll? Will it be slightly different?

GS: He looks the same: creepy. Fernando made him look creepier as if he didn't already. That's all I really want to same because I don't want to give away too much, but those of you who miss Ragdoll or just curious about Ragdoll... read it. Please read it,

CV: Will there be some sort of connection with Alysia, Barbara's roommate?

GS: Yeah. Alysia gets on the bad side of Ragdoll, and that is not a good place for her to be, and also, she does go on a date.

CV: Hopefully not on a date with Ragdoll.

GS: I'm not saying who it's with or how it goes, but she definitely is going on a date.

CV: We also have the BATGIRL ANNUAL coming out, with Batgirl and Poison Ivy.

GS: Oh my gosh. It's a completely different take on Poison Ivy in ways you've never see her before, and Barbara Gordon just watches her change right before her eyes. I'm so excited. It's creepy and beautiful and scary and all those things.

CV: Knightfall has played a big roll in BATGIRL lately, and they've kind of formed an alliance is she going to be a continuing character?

GS: Knightfall is Batgirl's Kingpin. It's not good news. [laughs] I'm not saying if it's not good news for Knightfall or Batgirl. We'll see.

CV: We just saw the solicits for BATGIRL: FUTURES END...

GS: Yes... Bête Noire. The Black Beast is coming to you in September.

CV: So 5 years, obviously a lot is going on. She's leading a female squad. We'll see Gotham's underground.

GS: It's very disturbing. Batgirl's kinda gone a little dark.

CV: Did anyone say "We need a FUTURES END story"? or did you wanna just take Barbara over there?

GS: We're going to do the 5 years later and me thinking about it going "Ohhh this will be amazing. Can we do this?" and they said "yes."

CV: Hopefully, you'll still be writing BATGIRL in the 5 years leading up to whenever this... is it comic book time or our time...?

GS: Who knows? Time moves a little different in the comic book world. We'll see what happens after that. I'm giving away no secrets.

CV: You know what would be great? If we could have a BATGIRL/TOMB RAIDER cross-over.

GS: [laughs] That would be awesome. A couple of kick ass women.

Make sure you pick up BATGIRL ANNUAL #2 this Wednesday, April 30, and get ready for Ragdoll in BATGIRL #31, on sale May 14.

18 Comments Refresh
Posted by PapiNacho

So Gail is writing on September, that doubles my chances of buying the issue.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Man I love Ragdoll.

Posted by Jakkoaks

Looking forward to this particularity the annual. Also reading this made me realize the point of 5 years later its a great chance to let their creative teams do whatever they want and test out the more significant changes on their audience and what ever doesn't work can be corrected using multiverses etc im looking forward to it.

Posted by Teerack

I thought Batgirl started wearing white.

Posted by G-Man
Posted by Jake Fury
Edited by Teerack
@g_man said:

@teerack: That was for the Gothtopia story arc.

Ah okay. I stopped reading Batgirl right before that so I thought she was getting a costume change up. for all my non main series I tend to let them build up and then get like 15 issues at once. Kinda wish she did get a new costume to be honest.

Posted by daredevil21134

Isn't that the dude that stole Wonder Woman's boots?

Posted by feargalr

I stopped reading Batgirl a while back but that Batgirl annual does sound interesting, may pick that up and try get back into the series. I'm reading so few DC books nowadays.


that Batgirl-Ivy pic offends me because of boobs & sexy, plus there are tentacle vines, I havent been as insulted as that Heros for Hire cover.

Edited by lifeboy


I know what your angry about, look at it! Look at it dang you!


As for gail, I'm proud to say I am a red sonja and batgirl follower!

Posted by TheUnN4med

I think i will pick the numbers of Batgil I missed. I loved the character, but I don't remember why I dropped the book.

@lifeboy said:


I know what your angry about, look at it! Look at it dang you!


As for gail, I'm proud to say I am a red sonja and batgirl follower!


Posted by superman_road

I keep reading the book over and over again.

Edited by Rebel Raven

I wish there was news concerning Scandal Savage. She's one of my favorite comic book characters.

Gail's Secret Six run is still a fav series of mine, and definitely helped me appreciate Ragdoll.

Edited by iceslick

@g_man: I don't think any of 5 year stories are meant to stick. I think it's just an event that's preventing a bad future from happening. So, Batman Beyond is coming to our present to stop all the bad stuff from happening. It's pretty much like Battle of the Atom, but with a What If? kind of future that's actually delve into instead of just being on the side.

Edited by Teerack

@lifeboy said:


I know what your angry about, look at it! Look at it dang you!


As for gail, I'm proud to say I am a red sonja and batgirl follower!

I just noticed that he drew the lasso like it was s string of Spider-Man's webs with the knots and twists.

Posted by lifeboy

@teerack: yup. Oddly enough, that brought me to noticing that the lasso is glowing hot-pink instead of gold like wonderwomans. But you have to admit, cass has one of the best costumes in comics :)

Posted by bladewolf

Already got Batgirl #31 pre-ordered! Love me some Ragdoll!