WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Batgirl #25
There could be wedding bells in the future for Batgirl and Nightwing (again). Dick Grayson A.K.A. Nightwing and Barbara Gordon A.K.A. Batgirl have been one of the DC Universe's longest running couples going back to the days of Dick Grayson as Robin. Friends and allies since their earliest superhero adventures, Dick and Barbara have always had a healthily flirtatious relationship. They finally got together officially during Chuck Dixon 1990s run on the Nightwing and Birds of Prey comics. However, with the Flashpoint reboot of the DC Universe, the romance reset.
Since Flashpoint, Batgirl and Nightwing have stayed mostly platonic. Recently though that has begun to change for the better. As of Batgirl #25, the two millennial superheroes are officially together - and don't see themselves marrying anyone else.
Batgirl #25 is a special issue in Barbara Gordon's current run, super-sized to commemorate hitting the milestone of 25 issues, and broken up into three distinct stories. The first and largest of them takes place firmly within the continuity of the DC Universe, and is all about the romantic future of Nightwing and Batgirl.
The story also manages to be a bit of a follow-up to Batman's disastrous wedding to Catwoman. It begins with Batgirl attending the funeral of a man The Joker murdered the night before Batman's wedding, and sees Barbara and Dick use Catwoman and Batman's (intended) honeymoon suite. The result is a clever balance of Batgirl touching on the current storyline of Batman but also using it to drive Barbara's own emotional journey forward. Barbara and Dick haven't been as shaken by Batman's break-up as the hero, but it's still caused them to re-evaluate their own relationship and future. Batgirl #25 is an atypical superhero comic in a lot of ways. There's hardly any action, costumes, or crimefighting. Instead it's just two people (who are barely clothed) talking about their feelings.
Dick and Babs discuss the issue of marriage as only they can: while Dick sees a fairy tale wedding in his future, Barbara can't imagine it. She wants to get married, one day, but the concept of a huge wedding doesn't appeal to her. The only idea that Batgirl is really firm on? Staying with Dick Grayson. Nightwing, Batgirl (and DC) refuse to put a label on the pair's romance, but they're clearly together and will remain that way for the foreseeable future.
When asked, Batgirl even admits that she can't see anyone else on the other end of the wedding aisle but Nightwing.
Batgirl #25 isn't an official confirmation that Batgirl and Nightwing will be repeating Batman's nuptials, but it's a step in that direction. It's not a ridiculous notion either. If Nightwing and Batgirl do get married it will be their second wedding in recent memory. DC Comics' big 2015 event, Convergence, saw the return of several pre-Flashpoint characters (before DC Rebirth). A series of standalone stories where told for Convergence and included among them was one where Nightwing and Barbara Gordon as her disabled alter ego, Oracle, got married. The story and wedding is now so far out of continuity it might as well not even exist - but the precedent is there.
There are a multitude of reasons why Catwoman and Batman didn't get married. However, the backlash to the break up was strong. So if you ask us, some superhero happiness is needed. It's time that DC Comics does give some manner of domestic bliss to a couple other than Lois Lane and Superman. Nightwing and Batgirl are the best option, by far.
Batgirl #25 is available now from DC Comics.