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Mr. Weisman, you've explained your rationale about Zatanna, but why is Barbara Gordon so young? In the original comics, she was in her twenties while Dick was a teenager. She was old enough to work as a librarian, a job which usually requires a college degree, and she was living independently. If nothing else, the fact that she was eventually elected to Congress demonstrates that she was at least twenty-five, since that's the Constitutional requirement for members of the House of Representatives. Is there a reason why she's so young in Earth-16?
In the ORIGINAL COMICS, Dick was Robin for decades before Barbara Gordon came on the scene. DECADES. Putting her ahead of him, age-wise, never made much sense to me. They feel like contemporaries. (Even the original Bat-Girl, Betty Kane, was Robin's contemporary.) Brandon and the folks at DC agreed, so that's what we did. The age disparity is preserved a bit in her relationship to Tim in YJ:I. And that feels more natural to me.
As for her being a congresswoman when she gets older - nothing precludes that. If we ever get that far. (Maybe we'll do a time skip.) :)