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Batgirl is moving to a sunnier side of Gotham City -- or at least what passes for sunnier in the dreariest fictional city ever. 

DC Comics revealed the new Batgirl through an exclusive story on MTV News this week. Basically she's getting a complete makeover (no more spandex, add Doc Martens boots), which includes a brighter storyline that begins with issue No. 35 in October. 

It will begin with Batgirl aka Barbara Gordon losing everything in a fire (OK, that still sounds pretty dark). But that allows her to move to a new part of town to start a new life, which DC told MTV will have more detective-izing, more adventure, more mystery and more fun. 

Current Batgirl writer Gail Simone will step away as Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher take over writing duties and Babs Tarr comes on as the artist.

“She wants the opportunity to have some fun and live the life of a young, single girl in the city, so she packs up and moves to Burnside, the cool, trendy borough of Gotham, to focus on grad school,” Stewart said in an interview with MTV.

Stewart also said the comic will be more like Girls and Veronica Mars, with a bit of Sherlock


Apparently, even fictional cities have a Brooklyn (but is this Gotham's Williamsburg or Bushwick?). 

[Via The Daily Dot]