Batman: The Killing Joke
action, adventure, crime, mature, psychological
The movie begins with Barbara Gordon / Batgirl overseeing Bruce Wayne / Batman being debriefed by Commissioner James Gordon about a recent robbery. She fails to stop the robbery, but manages to stop one fleeing criminal (albeit being helped by Batman). Batman scolds her as she didn't wait for him, though she doesn't take it seriously. Unknown to Batgirl, Paris Franz, the leader of the robbers, develops a dangerous obsession with Batgirl. As Batgirl starts receiving messages from Franz, Batman tells her he is concerned that Batgirl is letting her ego get in the way of her judgement, believing her job as Batgirl is nothing to her but a mere thrill, and how naive she is towards Franz's obsession. After Franz easily tricks Batgirl into finding his uncle's dead body, Batman becomes even more concerned about Batgirl's safety regarding her naive attitude towards Franz and takes her off the case. Having had enough scolding, Batgirl starts attacking Batman both verbally and physically. She eventually subdues him, shares a kiss with him and they have sex. The next night, Batgirl tries to apologize to Batman but before he can give her an answer he is ambushed by Franz and his men prompting Batgirl to go to his aid. When she arrives to the scene, she engages Franz in combat, beating him to near death. Due to what happened with Franz, and after thinking about what Batman told her, Barbara decides to stop being Batgirl, which Batman grudgingly accepts.
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