Commissioner James Gordon
General Information
Real name: James Worthington Gordon
First Appearance: Batman: Arkham Asylum, (Detective Comics #27 May 1939)
Created by: Bob Kane
Bill Finger
Affiliations: Batman
Gotham City Police Department
Abilities: Deductive mind
Portrayed by: Tom Kane (Batman: Arkham Asylum)
David Kaye (Batman: Arkham City)
Jonathan Banks (Batman: Arkham Knight)
"Yesterday, there were 6.3 million people in Gotham City. Today...Not so many. The only people left on the streets are the sort that enjoy the chaos. Scum...Criminals...And worse. Not enough good people left to stop them."
―James Gordon[src]


Police Commissioner James W. Gordon dedicated his career to cleaning up the corruption in the Gotham City police department, a goal he has come a long way towards accomplishing. He has been equally tough on crime, and in the pursuit of making Gotham City safe for all its citizens, Gordon has forged an uneasy alliance with Gotham's other top crime fighter, the mysterious vigilante known as Batman.

Batman: Arkham OriginsEdit

Road to ArkhamEdit

Commissioner Gordon received a tip in the form of a vial of Fear Gas at the Gotham City Police Department. Gordon forwarded the tip to Batman, which led him to stopping Scarecrow and his latest schemes. A few weeks later, Gordon made his way to Arkham Asylum after Batman captured The Joker at Gotham City Hall.

Batman: Arkham AsylumEdit

Batman: “Long night, Jim?
Gordon: “Joker invades City Hall and holds the Mayor hostage, leaving it to me to juggle SWAT teams, the media and you. Yeah, it's been a helluva night.
―Batman and Jim Gordon greeting each other at Arkham Asylum[src]

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Gordon with Batman watching as the Arkham Asylum Guards escort the Joker through Intensive Treatment

Batman arrived at the Intensive Treatment Center as Gordon was signing in. Gordon expressed having a tiring night dealing with the police, the media, and Batman after the Joker's kidnapping of the Mayor, yet he was relieved that the Joker was finally back behind bars. Gordon witnessed the Joker's escape and Batman's unsuccessful attempt to capture him. With the Joker in control of security, Gordon was trapped in the Intensive Care Unit along with Frank Boles. Unbeknownst to Gordon, Boles was secretly working with the Joker, knocked Gordon out, and brought him to Harley Quinn in order to keep Batman from following them. Harley took Gordon to the Batmobile in which a struggle took place. Gordon purposely dropped his pipe by the Batmobile, and left a trail of tobacco that lead to his holding place at the Medical Facility.

Batman, followed Gordon's tobacco, then saw Gordon clinging onto a grate, and was pulled by someone. Gordon begged for help, but then lost his grip. He was later found lying against a wall. Batman checked for a pulse: he failed to detect any. After he left Gordon, Batman attempted to contact Oracle, but a ghastly voice said: "I'm sorry, the number you have dialed isn't unavailable. Please leave a message after the tone." Batman entered the Morgue, but was told to exit. Batman then found himself in the same room, "meeting" his dead parents. Then Scarecrow attacked Batman, and hunted him down. Batman defeated Scarecrow, and found a dead Arkham Guard in the place of "Gordon". After he realized that he was madly hallucinating, Batman continued the search for Gordon. Later, Batman found Gordon, but had to defeat some of Joker's Henchmen undetected.

Batman then knocked Quinn unconscious. After being rescued, Gordon said that he had overheard that they were holding someone nearby. When they opened up the room, Bane was revealed to be inside. Batman ordered Gordon to escape as Bane attacked him. Gordon made his way to the surface and regrouped with Batman after the battle. Suddenly, Bane smashed his way to the surface, and attacked Batman once again before he was incapacitated after the Batmobile smashed him into the Gotham River. Batman instructed Gordon to go back to Gotham City via boat, as the people of Gotham would need him and that he'd be much safer. Gordon reluctantly agreed and left Arkham Island along with a security guard.

"And for one night only, please welcome our special guest referee!"
―The Joker about Commissioner Gordon[src]

Somewhere along the journey back to Gotham, Gordon was recaptured by the Joker's Henchmen and taken to the Visitor's Center. There, he was tied up by the Joker and revealed to Batman when he entered the Joker's Throne Room. The Joker planned to turn Gordon into a Titan Henchman, using his dart gun, but Batman jumped in the way of the dart himself, and subjected himself to the Titan Formula. Upon Joker overdosing himself with Titan Formula after Batman had refused to give in to the infection, Gordon was then tied to a sparking chair and was forced to act as the "special guest referee" to Titan-Joker and Batman's fight. After Batman defeated the Joker, Gordon was set free, orchestrated the police attack force, infiltrated Arkham Asylum, and updated Batman with the current status of the island. After he checked in with Barbara, Gordon suddenly received a police radio message that detailed that Two-Face was in the process of robbing the Second National Bank. Batman overheard the message and raced off to the scene in the Batwing.

Batman: Arkham CityEdit

"What the hell happened in there? Batman! What happened?"
―James Gordon as Batman carries Joker's dead body out of Arkham City [src]
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Commissioner Gordon was very skeptical of the development of Arkham City and the actions of the recently elected Mayor, Quincy Sharp. Gordon attempted to inquire about the project, only to be shot down directly or locked in red tape that allegedly prevented him from learning any answers. Because of that, Gordon decided to send a covert team of operatives into Arkham City to investigate and report back to him. Gordon selected ten officers from the 13th Precinct, his best of the best, and sent them into Arkham City to obtain information. After Bruce Wayne was abducted into Arkham City, he could be heard on the radio mentioning to get Wayne out of there and to stop bringing any new prisoners into Arkham City.

Gordon securing Arkham City

Following the announcement that Protocol 10 was about to be activated, Oracle informed Batman that her father had been called to a meeting of the City Council regarding what was going on. Gordon deployed officers to Arkham City, but they were not able to gain entry due to the security.

While Batman climbed Wonder Tower, Hugo Strange sent TYGER Security to Wayne Manor in order to uncover more of Batman's secrets, only for them to be subdued by Robin and Nightwing. That was the final straw for Gordon, and he went to Arkham City to standby for a order that he knew he would be given: arresting Strange and closing Arkham City. Gordon came to the main entrance, waited for word from Batman, and was intent on leading from the front lines.

As a result, Gordon was present when the Arkham City Gates finally opened and Batman emerged, carrying the lifeless body of the Joker. Confused and suspicious, Gordon asked Batman what happened, but the Dark Knight remained silent. After he knew that his men would tear the Joker's body to shreds, Gordon immediately took the corpse and sent his men into Arkham City to begin evacuating the megaprison, while he also told his wife to leave town for a few weeks and knew that the Joker's thugs would be after her.

Harley Quinn's Revenge Edit

For two weeks, Arkham City was being closed down by SWAT, Gordon hid the Joker in any possible hiding place, but eventually returned to Arkham City when four police officers were taken hostage by Quinn. After he summoned Batman to the Industrial District, Gordon kept the area under lockdown for two days while Batman went missing and Robin rescued him. Eventually gaining access to the area, Gordon ran to the Shipyard as the whole place went up in flames due to Quinn's bomb exploding, and transported a knocked-out Harley to the GCPD Holding Cells while Arkham Asylum was reopening.

Batman: Arkham City: Endgame Edit

When Arkham Island was bombed due to the Joker's planning before his death, Batman was thought to have perished. As Gordon found out, he ordered Bullock to make sure that the news did not get leaked to Gotham, even if that meant keeping the news staff locked up for the night. As Gordon lost hope of protecting his city, he received a phone call from none other than Batman, though Batman never revealed how he had survived such a chaotic explosion. Batman and Gordon finally met at the Morgue and cremate Joker's body.

Batman: Arkham Knight Edit

To be added


  • Experienced police officer
  • Trained criminologist
  • Proficient in hand-to-hand fighting techniques
  • Expert marksman

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • At the beginning of "Harley Quinn's Revenge", if the player talks to Gordon he mentions that they should discuss "that other problem" at some point. Though he presumably meant Batman's apparent guilt over Joker's death, this same problem is later dealt with in the six comic part Arkham City: End Game, that is set after Harley Quinn's Revenge.
  • Oddly, it seems that Jim Gordon looks younger in Arkham Knight as opposed to Arkham Asylum or Arkham City.