Commissioner Jim Gordon is a somewhat underappreciated character in the Batman mythos, as he’s the Gotham cop who agrees that it’s a good idea to work with the Batman and that he led the good fight before the Caped Crusader showed up. But Gotham actor Ben McKenzie is taking things a step further by suggesting that Gordon more or less was Batman before Bruce Wayne.
Talking on The Late Show with host Stephen Colbert, McKenzie mentioned that he wants his kids to believe that Gordon is every bit as cool as Batman before going on to explain his reasoning that Gordon is basically the proto-Batman:
“I’m working on that… They’re at the perfect age to be brain-washed — 4 and 2, you gotta start early… So, I explained to them the ‘truth,’ which is that, without Jim Gordon there would be no Batman. And that, if you really think about it — and I encourage you to really think about it — you could almost argue that Gordon was the first Batman. He’s the first lawman in Gotham City, and he’s keeping it together.”
It’s a fair point to be made, but I think it’s safe to say that we won’t be seeing Jim Gordon suiting up anytime soon.
A video of McKenzie’s remarks can be seen below:
Gotham returns on March 1, 2018 on FOX. The series stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas, Chris Chalk, Crystal Reed and Alexander Siddig.