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Holy Transformation! Watch as Gotham City's favorite librarian Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl with a only few flashy accessories and a skirt that doubles as a cape! Check out more tv good'n's here.
posted by rokabiri (23 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Cursed RealPlayer! Foiled again by its inane shenanigans!
posted by blue_beetle at 4:59 PM on September 20, 2005


Awesome post.
posted by Rothko at 5:02 PM on September 20, 2005


great stuff, thanks
posted by matteo at 5:20 PM on September 20, 2005


I see things like this and wonder how people can berate movies like Batman and Robin because it's not "True to the original."

Not that the movie is good by any means, but this campy version of Batman was around long, long before the more modern, Dark Knight version we know and love today.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:11 PM on September 20, 2005


Dude, all I can say is that Batman had a lot, a lot of balls. Brass ones, mind you.
posted by jsavimbi at 7:17 PM on September 20, 2005


All librarians have skirts that turn into capes. It's totally standard issue.
posted by Hildegarde at 7:19 PM on September 20, 2005


Holy real media links!
posted by Elpoca at 7:25 PM on September 20, 2005


Yes, but the TV show was good camp, and the Shumacher movies were terrible, terrible camp.

Now if you'll excuse me, I must dance the Batsui.
posted by keswick at 7:29 PM on September 20, 2005


Batusi, no?
posted by jonson at 8:23 PM on September 20, 2005


guys, guys. there is definitely an easy solution (at least one) to playing real media files and it's called Real Alternative. i thought everybody knew about this by now, but maybe not? google "real alternative" for a bunch of links to download the software or follow this one, for example, to get the most recent version.
posted by radiosig at 8:38 PM on September 20, 2005


Whatever. I don't feel compelled to post two seconds after I've made a typo, especially when it's fuckin' obvious as to what I meant.

Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb.
posted by keswick at 8:41 PM on September 20, 2005


When she changed into Batgirl, her legs were covered in sparkly purple stockings, but I don't think her skirt/cape was long enough to cover her legs.

I loved the campy 60s Batman, and I liked the nods to the 60s show in the trailer for the fake movie Grayson (which we discussed previously).
posted by kirkaracha at 8:56 PM on September 20, 2005


Yes, Mr.Encyclopedia, and some of us are capable of loving the campy TV series for what it was, but it was not the original. The original -- which was around some 27 years before the TV series -- was the comic book Bat-Man. The TV adaptation came along and established its own tone (a reasonably self-effacing interpretation of the comic-book sensibility) but completely missed the more serious approach that was at the heart of the comic-book Batman, especially when this all-too-human hero was compared to other super-hero books.

Miller's The Dark Knight was not a "new" interpretation, it was very much a return to the original, albeit with a more intelligent and self-aware undercurrent. Bruce Wayne is one fucked-up character, and not acknowledging that is a sin.

The Burton Batman was in many ways influenced by this but Schumacher came along and brought in more elements of the TV series.

Now, Batgirl, though -- she was pretty much created out of whole cloth for the TV series, for deliberate demographic reasons. They ditched the character post-Crisis but eventually revived her using various personalities to take on the role.
posted by dhartung at 9:09 PM on September 20, 2005


Man that Barbara Gordon/Batgirl really does it for me in an Agent 99 sort of way.

But the whole librarian/leather bat outfit thing...wow
posted by Smedleyman at 12:01 AM on September 21, 2005


And here I was sure this was going to be about superheroine transformations.
posted by Zed_Lopez at 1:39 AM on September 21, 2005


kirkaracha - no-one is allowed to look at librarian's legs, so that disguise is plausible.
posted by Joeforking at 3:13 AM on September 21, 2005


All librarians have skirts that turn into capes. It's totally standard issue.

As a male librarian, now you all know my secret shame.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:53 AM on September 21, 2005


Man, I can't imagine what it must be like to walk around all day with your 'supernero' costume on underneath your clothing all day long, perspiring on a hot summer day, running back and forth filing books, putting them away. lifting piles of books generating yet more sweat, which has nowhere to go in that tight little vinyl outfit she has on... Must be like being cooped up in a sauna all day long. No wonder she's so thin. Just imagine what Batman, Robin or Superman must smell like after they've whipped off their civilian garb to go fight crime! In Superman's case it must be B.O. to derail a freight train! And Batman, with his weird 'bat guano' musk... But Robin, why he just smells like... bird poop.
posted by mk1gti at 9:38 AM on September 21, 2005


Even before the TV show there was a Batman movie serial. Awful stuff that can only be appreciated in an archly ironic way.
posted by adamrice at 9:42 AM on September 21, 2005


"(...) 'superhero' costume on underneath your clothing all day long, perspiring on a hot summer day, running back and forth filing books, putting them away. lifting piles of books generating yet more sweat, which has nowhere to go in that tight little vinyl outfit she has on... Must be like being cooped up in a sauna all day long."

Yes... that must be....
terrible.. in that tight little....
...outfit..
just terrible... *koff*

posted by Zack_Replica at 12:36 PM on September 21, 2005


...rubbing every which way as it clings tenaciously to their buttocks *koff*
posted by mk1gti at 1:28 PM on September 21, 2005


*whew* you know it!

"Where are you going?"
"To take one in a series of cold showers."
-Diane Keaton, Woody Allen. (Annie Hall, I think).
posted by Zack_Replica at 6:24 PM on September 21, 2005


OOOOooooooooooooo, *Batgirl* Work that hoodoo like voodoo that you do-do *sssssnnnnnnaaaaaappppppp* that whip!
posted by mk1gti at 10:26 PM on September 21, 2005


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