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Real Identity: James Gordon
Affiliations: Gotham City Police Department
Appearances (Movies): Batman: The Killing Joke
Powers/Skills: Law Enforcement
Voiced By: Ray Wise
James Gordon is the police commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department and father of Barbara Gordon. One night, Gordon and Detective Bullock met with Batman on the roof of the police headquarters. Gordon briefed Batman on Paris Franz, who had just conducted an armored car robbery. He noticed Batgirl observing from afar. At the height of the Franz manhunt, Gordon had the police canvass the Francesco-owned warehouse he tried to rob in an attempt to locate the "gift" Franz left behind for Batgirl. A few nights later, the police got a tip he was hiding out at the docks. Batman was informed. A week later, police were called to a Gotham Storage locker filled with four dead men killed by the Joker. Gordon believed Batman needed to be called in. Batman asked Bullock to tell Gordon they needed to talk, despite it being "father-daughter" night. Gordon called Barbara up to let her know he had to cancel because he had to do a favor for a friend. He admitted it was that "friend."
Gordon waited for Batman at Arkham Asylum. As they walked past reception, Gordon demanded to know what the visit was about since the Joker was in the asylum's custody for two years. He found it insane to think anyone would know what the Joker would do next. After hearing a scream, Gordon ordered the posted officer to open the door. He reminded Batman there were laws about mistreating inmates. Batman tossed him the imposter's green wig. Gordon visited Barbara at her apartment. He cut out a clipping from the Gotham Examiner's March 8 Daily Bulletin Edition for his Joker scrapbook. Gordon expressed his concern over the Joker being on the loose. Barbara asked he leave work at the office for once. She offered him cocoa but he wanted something stiffer. Barbara mentioned she found his Catwoman scrapbook behind the wardrobe and offered to worked out a filing system like what they used at Gotham Library then pointed out he was about get glue on his pants. Gordon remarked she was fussier than her mother. Barbara went to answer the door thinking it was her work out friend, Colleen Miles.
The Joker shot her point blank. Gordon grabbed his scissors but Joker's thugs punched him out. Gordon was taken to the Bonus Brothers Carnival and Amusement Park. Joker's deformed henchmen stripped Gordon naked and put a leash on him then paraded him past the resident carnies. Gordon asked to know what he was doing there. Joker informed him he was going mad. Gordon remembered what happened. Joker warned him memories were dangerous and told him there was always madness. He was loaded onto a ride and taken to a mock court. Joker asked for his help on deciding something since he was the only one present with a sound mind and body. They asked what should be done to the one who had no regard for the law. Gordon replied he would throw the book at him. They goaded him into literally doing so. Gordon picked up the book near him and threw it at the Joker. A Batman cardboard cutout rose up in front of him and took the hit. Joker revealed the one on trial was Batman. Gordon was placed back on the ride and subjected to nude photos Joker took of Barbara after he shot her while singing about going mad.
Gordon emerged from the ride in a catatonic state. Joker was disappointed by the lack of response and had him locked up in a cage to reflect on life and all its random uncontrollability. Once Batman fought through the carnies, Joker presented Gordon as his star attraction, the Average Man. Batman tackled Joker but took some acid on an arm. After spraying the burn, Batman released Gordon and clothed him. Gordon immediately asked about Barbara. Batman informed him she was alive and the police were on their way. He offered to stay with Gordon until they arrived but Gordon ordered him to bring the Joker in by the book. He believed it was the only to show the Joker their way worked. In the final confrontation, Batman cited that Gordon was as sane as ever despite the sick, cruel, vicious games the Joker subjected him to and he was wrong about all ordinary people going crazy after one bad day. After Barbara recovered, she spoke to Gordon on her wireless Bluetooth as she returned to her apartment from lacrosse. Gordon offered to come over but she informed him she already had plans for the night. She joked she couldn't help it being so popular and promised to talk to him later.