WB Games Montréal has made changes to the backstory of Batgirl in Gotham Knights following criticism of her character arc that takes place earlier than the sport.
Originally, Gotham Knights’ model of Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl recovered from an damage that put her in a wheelchair after “her father’s death spurred her to train and recover from her wounds,” in accordance to her character description.
This was met with concern by many, who mentioned that the trope of a disabled particular person overcoming their incapacity through dedication was each misguided and offensive.
The improvement group has taken this criticism on board, as artistic director Patrick Redding mentioned in a current Q&A (through Eurogamer) that the studio labored with the AbleGamers charity to “learn about different types of spinal injuries and the potential for someone to regain mobility.”
“As with many of our characters and plot elements, the circumstances around Barbara’s injuries differ in some important ways from how it’s been portrayed in the comics,” mentioned Redding. “Barbara has been through multiple surgeries followed by a lot of physical therapy and pain management [in Gotham Knights].”
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Batgirl’s new character biography on the sport’s web site now says she underwent “extensive training and rehabilitation” to recuperate from her accidents. Batgirl’s ongoing rehabilitation work shall be seen all through the sport, as she’ll be doing stretches and workouts within the Belfry, and have a again brace built-in into her apparel.
AbleGamers’ personal Steven Spohn assisted with the changes to Batgirl’s backstory, and mentioned in a tweet: “Disability representation is important. Including people with disabilities in the process of writing these characters is important.”
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