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Hamilton Hill
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General Information
Real name: Hamilton Hill
First Appearance: Detective Comics #503 (February, 1982)
Created by: Gerry Conway
Don Newton
Affiliations: Gotham City council
Abilities: None
Portrayed by: Michael Murphy
Lloyd Bochner (voice)

Hamilton Hill was the mayor of Gotham City and an adversary of Batman.

HistoryEdit

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.

NotesEdit

  • 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

TelevisionEdit

Batman: The Animated SeriesEdit

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Hamilton Hill is the mayor of Gotham City in Batman: The Animated Series and its successors. He was voiced by Lloyd Bochner. Unlike his comics characterization, he was depicted as one of Gotham's uncorrupt officials.

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.

Batman BeyondEdit

The high school Terry McGinnis attends is named Hamilton Hill High School.

The BatmanEdit

In Season 5 of The Batman, Hill is identified as the newly-elected mayor of Gotham in the season premiere and is portrayed as African-American. He is voiced by Lex Lang, but was uncredited.

Video gamesEdit

Batman: Arkham OriginsEdit

Hamilton Hill does not actually make a physical appearance in the game, but he is alluded to with the Hamilton Hill building. During the events of the story DLC "Cold Cold Heart," Mayor Hill was also mentioned several times, first when accessing the Batcave, and the last during the credits. Both instances revealed that Hamilton Hill was under investigations for corruption charges, eventually implicated badly enough that Hill ended up resigning from office, especially from pressure from various angry citizens, although he hadn't ruled out an attempt at re-election. This action also ensured that then-Captain James Gordon would act as the new GCPD commissioner instead of Hill's planned replacement for Loeb, Peter Grogan. News reports accessible from the cryptographic sequencer in various points in the DLC, which also revealed that the scandal and subsequent protests started on Christmas Day when news media received envelopes exposing various corrupt actions from Hill and Grogan, including ties to the Maroni Crime Family. It is strongly implied that former GCPD Cybercrime division head Edward Nygma, nicknamed Enigma, had been the person responsible for the leak as his "biggest dirtiest secret" after Batman retrieved all incriminating datapacks on various people in Gotham.

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