Barbara Eileen and James Gordon conceived James Jr. shortly before arriving in Gotham City while they were still living in Chicago. Gordon quickly attracted the wrath of mobster Carmine Falcone and a hitman named Johnny Viti was sent to kidnap his infant son. James Jr. was thrown off a bridge and only rescued by the timely intervention of Batman. It's been speculated since then that damage from this fall might have been the cause of his psychopathic tendencies as an adult.
ChildhoodFrom a very early age, James Jr. showed signs of being different. He would kill animals and take them apart as a hobby. In one particularly disturbing incident, he was implicated in the disappearance of one of his sister's friends. While their family was on vacation, Barbara's friend Bess Keller teased James Jr. and was never seen again after wandering into the woods. Barbara swears that she saw James carrying her keychain, although this was never proven. It's explained that his threats might have been responsible for his parents splitting up. He's mentioned having left Gotham to travel around the country at some point.
The Black Mirror
When James Jr. returns to Gotham after many years, he begins secretly following his father. Barbara warns Commissioner Gordon not to trust him, but James Jr. confronts his father in a diner. He explains that he's started to take medication for his psychopathic tendencies, and is trying to turn his life around. James Jr. announces he's planning to get a job helping the other mentally ill at Leslie Thompkins' clinic, and asks his father to set him up with a recommendation from Dick Grayson. Hunting down old cases, Commissioner Gordon meets another murderer who might have been responsible for the death of Bess Keller.His meeting with Grayson goes successfully, but it's revealed that James Jr. is still actively torturing people to death. Leslie Thompkins insists that James Jr. is doing a great job, but his father suspects otherwise and has Barbara test his medication. They discover that James Jr. has reversed the formula to increase psychopathic tendencies, and correctly deduce he's going to poison an infant nutritional facility. Barbara Eileen Gordon is attacked with Joker toxin when the Joker escapes from Arkham Asylum, but it turns out James Jr. was using this as a diversion to kidnap his sister. Batman attempts to find them, and James Jr. explains that he's been orchestrating things for a long time as he figured out Batman's secret identity. He aided the super-villain Dealer and even broke the Joker out of Arkham. Believing that empathy makes you weaker, he seeks to destroy Batman as the "weakest man in Gotham" by showing him the error of his ways and creating a new generation of psychopaths. Barbara stabs him in the eye, then Batman bursts through the window and reveals he injected him with a tracking device. James Jr. tries to run away but his father shoots him in both legs and stops him from falling off a bridge. It's left ambiguous whether or not his plan actually succeeded, although it's implied that it did.
The New 52
The DC Universe heavily changed its continuity into the DCnU following the events of Flashpoint in 2011. This was part of an effort to make storylines more accessible to newer readers, beginning with the New 52. This new timeline combines elements from the DCU, Vertigo Universe and Wildstorm Universe while drastically changing the origins and histories of characters.
In this new version of history, Barbara Gordon is the biological daughter of James Gordon and Barbara Eileen Gordon. This makes her also the biological older sister of James Jr. and retcons their relationship as step-siblings. Commissioner Gordon's deceased brother Roger Gordon and sister-in-law Thelma Gordon are erased and have never existed in this continuity. James is still an inmate at Arkham Asylum and is still alluded to as being the catalyst behind Barbara's paralyzation. He helped Charise Carnes (the villain Knightfall) survive the rigors of the Asylum, saying he admired her views of a city bathed in blood before it is made good. During a break out, he managed to escape. During the Joker's attack on the Batman Family, he calls Barbara to inform her that Joker thugs were coming to attack her at her apartment. He then leads her to where Joker had been keeping their mother hostage. He falls from a roof top after his sister throws a Batarang at him just as her father arrives on the scene and sees him fall.
He was believed dead until he was recruited into the Suicide Squad by Amanda Waller. His motivation for joining is that he is in love with Waller.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
This individual does not possess any superhuman capabilities.
- 40 Appearances of James Gordon, Jr. (New Earth)
- 10 Images featuring James Gordon, Jr. (New Earth)
- 2 Quotations by or about James Gordon, Jr. (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: James Gordon, Jr. (New Earth)
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