- "Millions in structural damage. You haven't lost your touch. But it's good to see you playing well with others again."
- ―James Gordon to Batman[src]
Over the years, Jim Gordon risen through the ranks of the Gotham City Police Department, leading it as its commissioner. At some point, he had a daughter named Barbara, who later worked alongside him as her own officer.
Alliance with Batman
- "Come on. You think he fights criminals for twenty years here, and then he goes to Metropolis and kidnaps eight people?"
- ―James Gordon[src]
When the vigilante Batman first began his one-man crusade against crime, Commissioner Gordon would promptly form an alliance with him, having a Bat-Signal made to summon Batman. Times later he also meet Robin. At some point he managed to capture and arrest Killer Croc.
Meeting the Justice League
After the sudden kidnapping of eight S.T.A.R. Labs in both Gotham City and Metropolis, Gordon was notified by Crispus Allen, who after observing witness statements about a 'flying demon' began to suspect Batman of being responsible for the abductions. Gordon, however, refused to think this, mentioning his great contribution against crime in Gotham for over twenty years, revealing that he would contact him on the roof via the Bat-Signal.
As expected, Batman arrived at the scene, accompanied by the newly formed Justice League. After introducing himself, Gordon informed them about the kidnapped scientists, showing a drawing depicting the kidnapper, which Wonder Woman identified as Parademons. Gordon then helped the team trace the patterns of the kidnapping lines, discovering that their hideout was in the abandoned tunnel connecting Stryker's Island. Quickly, all the heroes mysteriously disappeared, except for Flash, who left the place, leaving Gordon extremely confused.
Capture of the Mutants
Some time after the Battle of Pozharnov, Batman returned to Gotham City to continue his vigilante work, successfully capturing the criminal group known as the Mutants with the help of his War Machine tank. At the same time, Gordon activated the Bat-Signal again, which Batman watched from the top of his tank.
James Gordon is fiercely dedicated to his job as Gotham City Police Department Commissioner, rivaling Batman's determination to fight crime in Gotham City, helping the vigilante in his anti-crime crusade for many years. While usually quite serious and practical, Gordon also has a somewhat dry sense of humor.
- Gifted Intellect: James Gordon is exceptionally intelligent, particularly in the fields of leadership, tactics, criminology, and detective analysis, to the point that Batman and the company respect him, and rely of Gordon as their informant.
- Expert Criminologist: Commissioner Gordon is an extremely skilled and experienced criminologist, having received an honorary criminology doctorate from the prestigious Gotham State University, with his great experience and insight into Gotham City's criminals complementing that of Batman.
- Expert Detective: Gordon, due to his decades of fighting against crime in Gotham City, is an extremely skilled and experienced detective, even complementing detective genius Batman's skills.
- Expert Leader: James Gordon, as Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, is a superbly skilled leader, having lead the corrupt police force in the extremely crime-ridden Gotham City for decades.
- Indomitable Will: Commissioner Gordon, although he has no metahuman powers, has tremendous determination and strength of will, which make him an extremely formidable opponent, one who absolutely refuses to hunker down and give up, even when placed against seemingly insurmountable odds. Hence, he has lead the highly corrupt Gotham City Police Department in the extremely crime-ridden Gotham City for decades, earning the respect and admiration of his covert ally Batman.
As the commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, James Gordon has access to all of the weaponry the department is equipped with.
- James Gordon in the DC Extended Universe is the sixth live-action incarnation of the character, following incarnations portrayed by Lyle Talbot, Neil Hamilton, Pat Hingle, Gary Oldman, and Ben McKenzie.
- This is the third live-action version of the character to appear on the silver screen.
Behind the scenes
- Bryan Cranston was heavily rumored for the role before J.K. Simmons was cast.
- Due to promotional photos displaying J.K. Simmons' muscular physique at the time of filming for Justice League, fans dubbed the character as "Gym Gordon".