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The 25 Biggest Changes Hollywood's Made To Superhero Movies

23. Batgirl Happens to Be Alfred's niece in Batman & Robin (1997)

In the Comics: Batgirl is Commissioner Gordon's daughter, secretly fighting crime alongside Batman under her father's nose.

But in the Movie: She's Alfred Pennyworth's (Michael Gough) niece.

Does the Change Work: Sure, but only because it's hard to care about which family tree Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone) belongs to in a movie that also features the Caped Crusader (George Clooney) flashing Bat credit cards, flying on falling doors, and going pun for pun with Arnold Schwarzenegger's brain-numbing Mr. Freeze.

On top of that mess, this series' Commissioner Gordon (Pat Hingle) is a dottering old fool, featuring one-sixteenth of the characterization he'd later receive in the Nolan trilogy. Lumping Barbara with Alfred effectively brings her into the fold in the only conceivable manner.

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