Barbara gordon is a fictional superhero appearing in american comic books published by dc comics, commonly in association with the superhero batman. The character was created by television producer william dozier, editor julius schwartz, writer gardner fox and artist carmine infantino. Dozier, the producer of the 1960s batman television series, requested schwartz to call for a new female. Barbara gordon is a vigilante super-hero operating as a member of the batman family, and (depending on which continuity) the daughter or niece of gotham citys police commissioner james gordon. Beginning her career as batgirl working alongside batman and the first robin, she is an extremely intelligent detective and martial artist who maintains a civilian identity as a librarian.