Commissioner Loeb
Gillian Loeb Arkham Origins
General Information
Real name: Gillian B. Loeb
First Appearance: Batman: Arkham Origins
Created by: Frank Miller
David Mazzucchelli
Affiliations: GCPD
Black Mask
Portrayed by: Jon Polito

Gillian B. Loeb was the corrupt Commissioner of the GCPD. He was killed on Christmas Eve by The Joker under the guise of Black Mask.


Batman: Arkham Origins

Loeb had ties with crime lord, Black Mask and ran operations with Sionis in consideration. He once tried to have the police make false accusations of then-Captain James Gordon, as well as a plan regarding "beating sense" into Gordon via Detective Arnold Flass, but those fell through, and had considered having Gordon murdered, although Black Mask talked him out of it.

Eventually, he had Harvey Bullock try to dig any dirt on Gordon, as well as implied an order to set up a honeypot trap. Loeb also had one of his protégés on the force, SWAT Lieutenant Howard Branden, meet up with an individual with the handle "Façade" to gain illicit material, and eventually ordered Branden to kill Batman after the latter reported that several of their men had called in sick due to fear of the then-recently emerged masked vigilante, as he couldn't lose the amount of power that he had gained in Gotham City via City Hall over "cold feet," before he took a call from Warden Martin Joseph.

Loeb had a speech conference on Christmas Eve regarding the impending execution of Julian Day after he was arrested. Behind the scenes, Loeb had manipulated Warden Joseph into having his intern, Harleen Quinzel, redact her psychological profile on Day, as it implied that he was legally insane, in order to allow the corrupt legal system in Gotham to execute him. While it was strongly implied that Day was indeed insane, Loeb intended to execute him to obtain massive support from City Hall and Gotham's Citizens in order to further his own political agenda and lust for power and control.

In exchange, Quinzel was allowed to conduct psychological evaluations on all new inmates of Blackgate Prison to determine their mental stability, a course of action that ironically enabled The Joker to have another pawn in order to break out later during the long and brutal night. During the course of his press conference, Loeb dismissed any questions from the audience after one of them had inquired the rumors that the GCPD wasn't actually responsible for Day's apprehension (the implication being that Batman was responsible). 

That same night, Blackgate was broken into by Black Mask's Henchmen, and Loeb was taken hostage. Loeb questioned whom he thought was Sionis about his actions. The latter replied that things had changed, and that he was starting with a new slate, one that Loeb wasn't on. A protesting Loeb was then thrown into the Gas Chamber, where he died from the poisonous fumes. Batman, when poisoned by one of the eight assassins, Copperhead, briefly hallucinated Loeb blaming him for not saving him and accused him of not being a hero, which implied that Batman had still felt some guilt for not saving Loeb in time despite the former Commissioner's corrupt nature.

Shortly after his death, Loeb's corrupt nature and criminal actions within the Police Department, alongside his being on the payroll of Black Mask and presumably other criminal kingpins, was revealed to the public, resulted in immense outrage by the citizens, and which eventually resulted in severe protests that lasted up to six days in both North and South Gotham.

The notorious amount of corruption that he represented was remembered, especially by the criminal element of Gotham, as far off as a decade later, where a street thug, during Scarecrow's terror threat, commented that one of the positives of Loeb time as commissioner was that unlike Gordon, he could be paid off, although the same thug was unaware that Loeb was long dead.

Extortion Data

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Extortion File - Commissioner Loeb

Loeb's Extortion

File One

  • Commissioner Loeb: Gordon. He's so clean, I sometimes think he does it just to lord his integrity over the rest of us!
  • Black Mask: Easy, Gillian
  • Commissioner Loeb: I'm telling you, Roman, it's time we take Gordon off the payroll - permanently.
  • Black Mask: That's enough, Gill! A cop like Gordon is good PR for the PD. We get him under control and he could be even more useful to us.
  • Commissioner Loeb: Control? It would be easier to send my men to beat some sense into him!
  • Black Mask: Like Detective Flass? That approach has already failed. Find a way to put a collar on the man, and it will be that much easier to tighten the leash.
  • Commissioner Loeb: And how do I do that?
  • Black Mask: Not my problem, Gillian - that's what I pay you for. Gordon is a man of principles. Work on those.

File Two

  • Harvey Bullock: Whaddya want me to do? Become his confidante? Gordon trusts me about as far as he can throw me!
  • Commissioner Loeb: So, not very far at all?
  • Harvey Bullock: Yeah, I get it. I'm a big guy.
  • Commissioner Loeb: You're a fat slob who needs to start earning his keep! Now, men like Gordon have a weakness for a certain type of woman. They call it the 'Lancelot Syndrome' or some such crap.
  • Harvey Bullock: What are we talkin' about here? You want me to set up a honeypot?
  • Commissioner Loeb: I'll leave the details to you. Find me some dirt - and try not to make a mess of it!

File Three

  • Commissioner Loeb: What do you want me to do? Hold your hand?
  • Branden: This 'bat-guy' has some of my men really spooked. Some of 'em are even calling in sick.
  • Commissioner Loeb: Then fire their asses! I don't have time for fence-sitters! Soon, I'll have all of city hall in my pocket, and I'm not about to lose it over some cold feet.
  • Branden: So, what should I do about it?
  • Commissioner Loeb: Cement shoes? You figure it out.
  • Secretary: Commissioner Loeb?
  • Commissioner Loeb: Yes?
  • Secretary: Warden Joseph on the line.


  • Jon Polito, the voice actor for Gillian Loeb in the game, had previously voiced Loeb in the Animated Adaptation of Batman: Year One

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