"I'm in charge here, not Carl Grissom."
―James Gordon to Max Eckhardt.[src]

James Gordon was the Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department.


Gordon regards Batman as a rumor at best and a vigilante at worst, though, by the end of the film, he and Gotham City's citizens publicly acknowledged his usefulness, and received from him the gift of the Batsignal.

In the sequels, Gordon played only a minimal role compared to his role in other media, but was shown to completely trust Batman and publicly defended him. Gordon even appeared to doubt Batman's involvement in the kidnapping of the Ice Princess in Batman Returns, and tried to stop the GCPD from shooting him.

Although Barbara Gordon is his daughter, or niece depending on which version, in the comics, in the last Schumacher film of the series, Batman & Robin, her name was changed to Barbara Wilson and she was Alfred Pennyworth's niece. There were no known women in Gordon's life in that series, although his wife appeared with him at the party that Bruce Wayne hosted at Wayne Manor in Batman and Poison Ivy seduced him, which caused him to gave in, and he gave her the keys to Gotham City Police Headquarters in Batman & Robin.

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Behind the Scenes Edit

  • In Batman, and its three sequels, Gordon was portrayed by Pat Hingle.
  • Pat Hingle and Michael Gough were the only two actors who appeared in all four films from the 1989-1997 film series.
  • Gordon in the 1989-1997 film series, had much of his left little finger missing that was actually a real injury of his actor, Pat Hingle, which was the result from a 50+ foot fall down an elevator shaft.
  • Gordon was originally going to be shot and killed by Two-Face in an early draft of Batman Forever, but the idea was turned down when Warner Bros wanted a family-friendly Batman film.
  • Gordon, in his final film appearances, actually resembled more the mustached Police Chief O'Hara in his late comic book depictions, rather than Commissioner Gordon.

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