|Real name:||Hamilton Hill|
|First Appearance:||Detective Comics #503 (February, 1982)|
|Created by:|| Gerry Conway|
|Affiliations:||Gotham City council|
|Portrayed by:|| Michael Murphy|
Lloyd Bochner (voice)
Hamilton Hill was a corrupt political stooge and crony of Gotham City councilman, Rupert Thorne. Thorne paved the way for Hill's ascension to the Mayor's office, where he immediately began shaking up the status quo with the removal of James Gordon as Gotham City police commissioner. He appointed Paul Spaulding (another Thorne crony) to take his place. Hill's actions earned him the enmity of many, including homicide detective Harvey Bullock. Hill arranged for Bullock to be murdered, but Harvey survived the attack. Hamilton then sought to shatter the public's support of the city's nocturnal vigilante, Batman. He framed Batman for a string of petty rivalries by planting evidence at the crime scenes. Ironically, during this time, the psychotic villain, the Night-Slayer, had briefly assumed the identity of Batman, and began to commit his own crime-spree. The true Batman fought the Night-Slayer, exposing him as an imposter. Shortly thereafter, Hamilton Hill's involvement in the frame-up came to light and he was run out of office. James Gordon was immediately reinstated as police commissioner of Gotham City.
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, his existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
In other mediaEdit
Batman: The Animated SeriesEdit
He first appeared in the episode "On Leather Wings". In the episode, he allows Detective Bullock to pursue Batman (along with his own task force), who is framed for the robberies of pharmacies throughout Gotham City.
In "Be a Clown", his son Jordan is kidnapped by the Joker after he runs away because he thinks his dad doesn't care about him. Batman later saves the boy and returns him to Hill, who then grows to trust Batman, unlike before.
Throughout the show, he gradually begins to respect Batman after needing his help in dire situations, like in the episode "Lock-Up" when he is kidnapped by an ex-Arkham Asylum employee or when he is kidnapped by the Joker in "Harlequinade" or almost replaced with a robotic duplicate in "Heart of Steel, Part 2".
Batman has also saved his life twice from Temple Fugate, the Clock King, who had a grudge against Hill because he believed that he made him late for a court date on purpose (Because of this, Fugate's company unjustly went bankrupt without a trial). Hill had been a lawyer at the time, which also caused Fugate to believe Hill did it on purpose because the lawyers that worked on the case were represented by Hill's law firm.
Hill also appeared in the video game, Batman: Vengeance, who was being blackmailed by Poison Ivy along with other politicians and wealthy socialites. Later in Gotham Girls, Poison Ivy gives him a toxin that makes him grow a root out of his forehead. This makes him resign from office. In Batman Adventures he is later replaced in an extraordinary election by Oswald Cobblepolt AKA The Penguin.