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No -- Gotham doesn't die -- not on MY watch!
~ Jim Gordon.
This is our city. And when Hell is unleashed, we don't run and hide, we stand up. And there's a symbol, a symbol we all know stands for what we can do. What we are capable of. Tonight needs more than just one hero. It needs a city. It needs all of us. Tonight we need to do what he does for us every night. Tonight, we all need to be Batman.
~ Prime Earth Jim Gordon.

Commissioner James Worthington "Jim" Gordon, Sr. is a fictional character in DC comics and its universe, being the head of the Gotham City Police Department, and a major character of the Batman franchise.

He was created by the late Bill Finger, the late Bob Kane, the late Lawrence Donovan, Henry Ralston and John Nanovic, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May of 1939.

In Batman: Dark Tomorrow, he was voiced by the late Ron McLarty. In the Christopher Nolan trilogy, he was portrayed by Gary Oldman and in the DC Extended Universe film, Justice League, he was portrayed by J.K. Simmons. In the upcoming 2021 Matt Reeves film, The Batman, he will portrayed by Jeffrey Wright.

Background

Commissioner Gordon, is the head of GDP and a supporting character of Batman, whom he originally attempted to arrested. He is also the adoptive father of Barbara Gordon, and the father of James Gordon, Jr., a recurring foe to Batman.

Biography

Early Life

James Worthington "Jim" Gordon was born in Chicago, Illinois, and would break his femur while jumping a fence to escape a truant officer when he was fourteen. In his youth, Jim graduated high school and went to Gotham State University, and received his honorary doctorate in criminology. During an unknown time, Gordon joined the United States Military and special forces, where he was trained in advanced hand-to-hand combat and martial arts. On Prime Earth, Gordon joined the United States Marine Corps, and later moved to Gotham City after his divorce.

Year One

Gordon started his crimefighting career in Gotham around the same time as Batman. He was transferred from Chicago along with his pregnant wife. He found himself immediately out of his comfort zone with the corrupt police force and the Batman who operated outside the law. Teaming up with his attractive new partner Sarah Essen, Gordon was inching closer to Batman's true identity every day.

He had a brief affair with Essen, but stopped it as soon as possible and confessed to his wife, who reluctantly forgave him. After his newborn son was kidnapped, Bruce Wayne rescued him. Gordon had lost his glasses earlier, leaving it up to the reader to guess if he'd figured out that Batman and Bruce Wayne were one and the same. Gordon then teams up with Batman to take on the Joker and future threats. Gordon and Batman later forged an alliance with Gotham district attorney Harvey Dent, and the three became dedicated to stop organized crime. The trio worked on stopping crime family leader Carmine Falcone, and succeeded at the cost of Harvey having half of his scarred with acid and losing his sanity. Harvey became Two-Face, a criminal who would use a coin to choose his deeds, and Gordon blamed himself for his fall since he didn't trust him much with evidence.

After Dent became a criminal, Janice Porter became the new district attorney of Gotham, and she worked with Gordon on investigating a series of murders by a killer known as "The Hangman". Janice was killed by Two-Face, and the criminal later killed the Hangman, who was revealed to Carmine Falcone's daughter, Sofia. Gordon later became the legal guardian of his niece, Barbara Gordon after his brother and sister-in-law were killed in a car crash. Jim later adopted her as his daughter, and around this time, and his wife Barbara Eileen later left him and took James Jr. with her. Gordon functioned largely as a father figure to his niece, and Barbara would become a member of Batman's crime-fighting family, donning the title "Batgirl".

The Killing Joke

Years later, the Joker kidnapped Gordon from his home and shot Barbara, causing her to become a paraplegic and ending her career as a vigilante. Gordon was then taken to a run-down amusement park, stripped naked and put into a cage to be driven insane by the Joker. Despite the Joker's attempts to make him go mad by seeing photos of Barbara in pain, Gordon kept his sanity and ethics. Upon being rescued by Batman, Gordon insisted to Batman that the Joker be apprehended, so he could be shown that their way of stopping criminals works.

Portrayals

Films

  • In the 1949 serial Batman and Robin, he was portrayed by the late Ed Wood.
  • In Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher's Batman series, he was portrayed by the late Pat Hingle.
  • In the Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, he was portrayed by Gary Oldman, who also played Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim Cratchit in the 2009 film, A Christmas Carol, and voiced Viktor Reznov in the Call of Duty series.
  • In Batman: Gotham Knight, he was voiced by Jim Meskimen.
  • In Batman: Under the Red Hood, he was voiced by Gary Cole.
  • In Batman: Year One, he was voiced by Bryan Cranston, who also played Hal Wilkerson in Malcolm in the Middle, Walter White in Breaking Bad, and Joseph Brody in the 2014 film, Godzilla
  • In Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, he was voiced by David Selby.
  • In Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite, he was voiced by Townsend Coleman.
    • Coleman also voiced the character in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
  • In Son of Batman, Batman: Bad Blood, and Batman: Hush, he was voiced by Bruce Thomas.
  • In Batman: Assault on Arkham, he was voiced by Chris Cox.
  • In Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts and Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, he was voiced by Richard Epcar.
  • In Batman: The Killing Joke, he was voiced by Ray Wise.
  • In Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, he was voiced by Jim Ward.
  • In The Lego Batman Movie, he was voiced by Héctor Elizondo.
  • In Justice League, a film of the DC Extended Universe, he was portrayed by J.K. Simmons, who famously played J. Jonah Jameson in the Sam Rami Spider-Man trilogy.
  • In DC Super Hero Girls films, he was voiced by Tom Kenny, who famously voices SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • In Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, he was voiced by Scott Patterson.
  • In the upcoming The Batman film directed by Matt Reeves, he will be portrayed by Jeffrey Wright, who also played Felix Leiter in the Daniel Craig era of the James Bond series.

Television

  • In the 1960s Batman series and Batman: The Movie, he was portrayed by the late Neil Hamilton.
  • In The Batman/Superman Hour, he was voiced by the late Ted Knight.
  • In Super Friends, he was voiced by the late Danny Dark.
  • In The New Adventures of Batman, he was voiced by the late Lennie Weinrib.
  • In the DC Animated Universe, he was voiced by the late Bob Hastings.
  • In The Batman, he was voiced by Mitch Pileggi.
  • In Young Justice, he was voiced by Corey Burton, who also voiced Zeus in God of War II, God of War III, PlayStation All-Star's Battle Royale, and 2018s God of War, Zeus in Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series, Ranger Smith in Boo Boo Runs Wild and A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith, Ludwig Von Drake in DuckTales, Mickey Mouse and Mickey and the Roadster Racers.
  • In Beware the Batman, he was voiced by Kurtwood Smith, who also portrayed Red Forman in That 70s Show.
  • In Gotham, he was portrayed by Ben McKenzie.
  • In DC Super Hero Girls, he was voiced by Fred Tatasciore, who also voiced Poseidon in 2005s God of War, Damon Baird and Tai Kaliso in the Gears of War series, and Nikolai Belinski in the Call of Duty zombies series.
  • In Harley Quinn, he is voiced by Christopher Meloni.

Video Games

  • In Batman: Dark Tomorrow, he was voiced by the late Ron McLarty.
  • In Batman Beings, he was voiced by Gavin Hammon.
  • In DC Universe Online, he was voiced by Ken Webster.
  • In Lego Batman: The Video Game, his vocal effects were done by Keith Ferguson.
  • In Arkhamverse, he was voiced by Tom Kane and Rick D. Wasserman as a young man in Arkham Asylum, David Kaye in Arkham City, Michael Gough in Arkham Origins, and Jonathan Banks in Arkham Knight.
    • Kane also voiced the character in Lego DC Super-Villains.
  • In Lego Dimensions, he was voiced by Steve Blum, who also voiced Vincent Valentine in the Final Fantasy series, Crash Bandicoot in Crash Nitro Kart, Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop, Bo' Rai Cho and Sub-Zero in the Mortal Kombat video game series and Injustice 2, Hal Jordan in Injustice 2, Tank Dempsey in the Call of Duty zombies series, and Urdnot Grunt in the Mass Effect series.
  • In Batman: The Telltale Series, he was voiced by Murphy Guyer.

Musicals

  • In Holy Musical B@man!, the character was played by Lauren Lopez.

Trivia

  • According to Nightwing, Gordon took the pipe to quit smoking.
  • Gordon has been one of Batmans' most trusted allies in his fight against crime.

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Theatrical Movies
Batman (1989): Batman | Vicki Vale | Alfred Pennyworth | Harvey Dent
Batman Returns: Batman | Alfred Pennyworth | Catwoman
Batman Forever: Batman | Robin | Dr. Chase Meridian | Alfred Pennyworth
Batman & Robin: Batman | Robin | Batgirl | Alfred Pennyworth
Batman Begins: Batman | Alfred Pennyworth | James Gordon | Lucius Fox | Rachel Dawes | Thomas Wayne
The Dark Knight: Batman | James Gordon | Harvey Dent | Alfred Pennyworth | Lucius Fox | Rachel Dawes
The Dark Knight Rises: Batman | James Gordon | John Blake | Catwoman | Lucius Fox | Alfred Pennyworth | Harvey Dent | Rachel Dawes | Thomas Wayne
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Batman | Superman | Wonder Woman | Alfred Pennyworth | Lois Lane | Calvin Swanwick | The Flash | Aquaman | Cyborg
Suicide Squad: Deadshot | Harley Quinn | Rick Flag | Katana | El Diablo | Batman
The LEGO Batman Movie: Batman | Alfred Pennyworth | Robin | Batgirl
Joker (2019): Thomas Wayne

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Son of Batman: Batman | Robin | Nightwing | Alfred Pennyworth | James Gordon | Thomas Wayne
Batman vs. Robin: Robin | Batman | Nightwing | Alfred Pennyworth | Thomas Wayne | Martha Wayne
Batman: Bad Blood: Batwoman | Batman | Nightwing | Robin | Batgirl | Alfred Pennyworth | Lucius Fox | Batwing
Batman: Hush: Batman | Alfred Pennyworth | Catwoman | Nightwing | Superman | Lois Lane | Batgirl | Robin

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Justice League: Justice League (Superman | Batman | Wonder Woman | The Flash | Cyborg | Aquaman) | Alfred Pennyworth | James Gordon | Mera | Lois Lane | Hippolyta | Zeus | Artemis | Green Lantern Corps
Zack Snyder's Justice League: Justice League (Superman | Batman | Wonder Woman | The Flash | Cyborg | Aquaman) | Alfred Pennyworth | James Gordon | Mera | Lois Lane | Hippolyta | Nuidis Vulko | Martian Manhunter | Zeus | Artemis | Green Lantern Corps

Direct-to-video Movies
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox: The Flash | Batman | Thomas Wayne | Cyborg | Kal-El | Cole Cash | Godiva | Steve Trevor | Lois Lane | Etrigan | S.H.A.Z.A.M. | Samuel Lane
Justice League: War: Justice League (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Shazam, & Cyborg) | Steve Trevor | Freddy Freeman |Sarah Charles | Thomas Morrow | Silas Stone
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis: Aquaman: | Atlanna | Mera | Justice League (Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, Green Lantern, Shazam, Superman, & Wonder Woman) | Steve Trevor | Lois Lane
Justice League vs. Teen Titans: Teen Titans (Raven, Robin, Starfire, Blue Beetle, Beast Boy, & Nightwing) | Justice League (Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, Superman, & Wonder Woman)

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