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James Gordon Jr.
Information-silkReal NameJames Gordon, Junior
Information-silkCurrent AliasJames Gordon, Jr.
Information-silkRelativesBarbara Gordon (sister), Barbara Eileen Gordon (mother), James Gordon (father), Roger Gordon (uncle), Thelma Gordon (aunt), Sarah Essen (step-mother)
Information-silkBase Of OperationsGotham City
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkHeight6' 0"
Information-silkUniverseNew Earth
Information-silkPlace of BirthGotham City
Information-silkCreatorsFrank Miller, Dave Mazzucchelli
First Appearance


James Gordon, Jr. is the son of James Gordon and Barbara Eileen Gordon. Despite his father's work in the GCPD as an ally to Batman, James Jr. is a psychopath and remorseless killer.

Year One

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Barbara Eileen and James Gordon conceived James Jr. shortly before arriving in Gotham City while they were still living in Chicago.[1] 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.[2] It's been speculated since then that damage from this fall might have been the cause of his psychopathic tendencies as an adult.


From 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.[3] It's explained that his threats might have been responsible for his parents splitting up.[4] He's mentioned having left Gotham to travel around the country at some point.[5]

The Black Mirror

When James Jr. returns to Gotham after many years, he begins secretly following his father.[6] Barbara warns Commissioner Gordon not to trust him, but James Jr. confronts his father in a diner.[7] 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.[5] Hunting down old cases, Commissioner Gordon meets another murderer who might have been responsible for the death of Bess Keller.[3]

His meeting with Grayson goes successfully, but it's revealed that James Jr. is still actively torturing people to death.[8] 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.[9]
"Not this time, James."

"Not this time, James."
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.[10] 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.[11]

The New 52

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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.[12] 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.[13] 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


  • Stealth: He is highly intelligent and very elusive, able to cover his tracks well in order to evade authorities.
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic): Skilled in hand to hand combat, has no reason to hold back so it allows him to be as aggressive as possible. He is also in peak physical condition, and he has fits of anger and violence.


  • Mental Illness: James feels no remorse for other people. He is excessively manipulative, especially to his family, and has broken out of mental wards before.


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