The deal only lasted 15 issues though, essentially canceling Bat Family and rendering Barbara a supporting character once more. But by the late eighties, especially after the Crisis on Infinite Earths event that rebooted DC continuity, Batgirl had been relegated to an even more minor character in the Batman pantheon. DC took the decision to retire the character for good with 1988’s standalone comic Batgirl Special , which contained a tale called “The Last Batgirl Story,” in which she decides to retire. As the Wiki entry puts it, Barbara “decides that while she may still help others fight crime, her own role will not be to go out and put herself in danger anymore.” The Killing Joke But then, writer Alan Moore requested to use Barbara Gordon in his then-upcoming Batman graphic novel. DC agreed, and Barbara was set in place for the character’s first highly controversial character beat: her paralysis at the hands of the Joker.
The Long And Terrible History Of DC Comics Mistreating Batgirl