52 Facts About Commissioner Gordon


Scottish descent, Commissioner Gordon had served in the United States Marine Corps prior to becoming a police officer.

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In most versions of the Batman mythos, Jim Gordon is at one point or another depicted as commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department.

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Commissioner Gordon is usually depicted with silver or red hair, eyeglasses, and a mustache.

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Commissioner Gordon is sometimes pictured with a cane, although it is not revealed why he uses it.

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Commissioner Gordon has been married twice; first to Barbara Eileen Kean and then to Sarah Essen.

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Commissioner Gordon is depicted as having an extra-marital affair with a fellow detective, Sarah Essen.

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Commissioner Gordon becomes a minor celebrity after a foiling a late-night robbery attempt.

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Commissioner Gordon initially disapproves of Batman recruiting a child to fight dangerous criminals, but soon grows to not only accept the boy but trust him as much as he does Batman.

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Commissioner Gordon quickly deduces the heroine's true identity, and attempts to confront her about it, going so far as to search her bedroom for proof.

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Commissioner Gordon would continue to believe his daughter is indeed Batgirl, but would not confront her about it again, until years later.

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However, Essen cannot comprehend why Commissioner Gordon needs Batman so much, which occasionally puts a strain on their relationship.

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Later, Commissioner Gordon suffers a heart attack; his chain-smoking over the years has weakened his heart.

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Not long afterward, Commissioner Gordon is shot by a criminal seeking revenge for a previous arrest.

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Commissioner Gordon remains in Gotham, and occasionally enjoys nighttime visits from Batman.

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Commissioner Gordon still has contacts with the country's law enforcement agencies, through which the sheriff's departments request Gordon to contact Batman for help investigating a series of unusual murders on a suburb territory outside the city's limits; it turns out to be a paranormal case involving black magic, occult rituals, and the supernatural.

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Commissioner Gordon reveals to him her current role as Oracle, as well as her past as Batgirl.

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Commissioner Gordon admits that he knew of her life as Batgirl, but is pleasantly surprised to know of her second career as Oracle.

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Commissioner Gordon survives an attempt on his life by the Joker, who had drugged him with Joker Venom in an attack on the GCPD.

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In Batman Eternal, the storyline begins when Commissioner Gordon is tricked into shooting at an unarmed suspect in an underground train station, resulting in a train derailing and Commissioner Gordon being arrested.

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In June 2016, the DC Rebirth event relaunched DC Comics' entire line of comic book titles, in which Jim Commissioner Gordon has a continued role in Detective Comics and the third volume of Batman.

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In December 2017, DC Comics ended the Rebirth branding, opting to include everything under a larger DC Universe banner and naming, and Commissioner Gordon continues to be featured in Detective Comics and the third volume of Batman.

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Commissioner Gordon has retired from public service and agrees to look for Joker on behalf of a secretive organization.

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In Batman: The Animated Series, Commissioner Gordon has implied he deliberately avoids deep investigation on the subject of Batman or Batgirl's identity.

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Theorizing that White is too good a reporter to not have figured it out, he draws the same comparison to himself and Commissioner Gordon, stating that Commissioner Gordon is too good a cop to not have figured it out.

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Commissioner Gordon then reveals that he was well aware of her status as Batgirl all along, though he purposefully avoided looking into what she was doing after she was paralyzed.

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In Blackest Night: Batman, Commissioner Gordon is present when Deadman refers to the current Batman as "Grayson" and after the current Robin took Commissioner Gordon and his daughter to the new Batman's underground base.

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Immediately prior to Batman's apparent self-sacrifice near the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Commissioner Gordon learns the truth when Batman makes a reference to Commissioner Gordon's kindness to him as a child.

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Commissioner Gordon is later reunited with his sister, Barbara, and dies in a battle with the Sino-Supermen.

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Barbara "Barb" Commissioner Gordon is the biological daughter of James "Jim" Commissioner Gordon in Pre-Crisis continuity.

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Commissioner Gordon leads a double life as a librarian and as costumed crimefighter Batgirl.

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Commissioner Gordon's father is aware of her crime-fighting career and is proud of her for it.

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Commissioner Gordon tries to rebuild his relationship with his family after Essen leaves Gotham.

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Commissioner Gordon is institutionalized as a teenager after he disfigures a school bus driver who insulted him.

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Commissioner Gordon first appeared fully in Batman: Year One as a co-worker with whom Gordon has an extra-marital affair.

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Jim Commissioner Gordon appears in the limited series Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, which presents a future where a retiring Commissioner Gordon not only knows Batman's identity, but is good friends with Bruce Wayne.

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Commissioner Gordon then makes a cameo on Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

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Commissioner Gordon is referred to in the first issue of the series, All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder, set in the same universe as and prior to The Dark Knight Returns.

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Frank Miller has commented that the series is set in his Dark Knight Universe, which includes all of the Batman works by Frank Miller, therefore Barbara's inclusion confirms that Commissioner Gordon had two children during Batman: Year One, at least in Miller's version of the continuity.

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Boss Gordon is the city's leading crime boss until his empire is toppled by Batman and commissioner Thomas Wayne.

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Commissioner Gordon is Selina Kyle's former lover and Bruce Wayne's wartime partner.

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The story concludes with Commissioner Gordon being crushed by debris from the Batcave roof after explosives are planted to destroy it, thus exposing Batman to the sunlight and ending his reign of terror.

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Later, Commissioner Gordon tries to convince Batman that he does not have to fight villains by himself, but Batman refuses.

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Commissioner Gordon is then tricked into shooting Harvey Dent's daughter, having been disguised as Joker, as she had been taped to a chair and had her mouth taped shut with a smile painted on the tape.

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Commissioner Gordon is being promoted as police captain after he arrested his corrupted predecessor.

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Batman's inside man Lex Luthor notes that Commissioner Gordon's cancer is worsening due his taking "super pills" that give people superhuman abilities.

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Commissioner Gordon takes two of the super pills to save Barbara from Cyborg on the Watchtower, as he is scanning to find her location, accelerating the cancer to the point that he has only minutes to live.

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Commissioner Gordon is next seen at the police standoff with Harley Quinn and the rest of the Joker's henchmen, attempting in vain to get them to stand down.

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Various versions of Commissioner Gordon appear in the Dark Multiverse depicted in Dark Nights: Metal:.

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Commissioner Gordon is later killed by Billy Dee Williams's Harvey Dent after the character becomes Two-Face.

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Commissioner Gordon was planned for the aborted reboot Batman: Year One written by Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller.

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Commissioner Gordon is a supporting character in the Batman: Arkham franchise where he is voiced by Tom Kane in Arkham Asylum, Rick D Wasserman as a young man in a flashback in Arkham Asylum, David Kaye in Arkham City, Michael Gough in Arkham Origins and Jonathan Banks in Arkham Knight.

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James "Jim" Commissioner Gordon appears in Batman: The Telltale Series and Batman: The Enemy Within, voiced by Murphy Guyer.

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