Gotham Gossip: Jim Gordon, Barbara Gordon, Oracle, Batgirl (Spoilers)

It's Gordon time! Two weeks ago, Bleeding Cool ran a big Gotham Gossip spoiler about the upcoming The Joker #2 comic book by James Tynion IV and Guillem March from DC Comics. That comic (with its new controversial $5.99 price point) is published this coming Tuesday. And spoilers are already beginning to leak. Hence the need for this Big Spoiler sign. You have been warned.

Gotham Gossip: Jim Gordon, Barbara Gordon, Oracle, Batgirl (Spoilers)
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Images have now leaked to Bleeding Cool that seems to back up our initial report regarding the ongoing way the two will be portrayed going forward. The first issue of the new Joker series revealed that it was actually starring former Police Commissioner Jim Gordon, dealing with a Gotham in the wake of The Joker's A-Day, and commissioned by yet another secret upper-class clique of Gothamites to assassinate the Joker. It also sees Gordon dealing with the death of his son as a result of The Joker War.

Gotham Gossip: Jim Gordon, Barbara Gordon and Batgirl (Spoilers)
The Joker #2 by James Tynion IV and Guillem March

But The Joker #2, out in two weeks, will change the relationship between Jim Gordon and Barbara Gordon – Batgirl. In that it will reveal that Jim Gordon knows who Batgirl – and Oracle – really is, and Barbara and him talk about it afterwards. It will also heavily imply that he knows Batman's secret identity too.

Gotham Gossip: Jim Gordon, Barbara Gordon and Batgirl (Spoilers)
The Joker #2 by James Tynion IV and Guillem March

 

Now, this isn't anything entirely new. That Jim would not recognise Batgirl as being his daughter,  has stretched the suspension of disbelief almost as much as Oliver Queen not always being recognisable as The Green Arrow.

Gotham Gossip: Jim Gordon, Barbara Gordon, Oracle, Batgirl (Spoilers)
Detective Comics #417 by Frank Robbins and Don Heck.

Her first appearances were in the sixties. By the less-campy seventies, the comics had enough of that one, and suddenly Commissioner Gordon know her secret, even if it took a while for Barbara to twig.

The Three Jokers #3 Add New Twist To Barbara Gordon's Life (Spoilers)
Detective Comics #422 by Frank Robbins and Don Heck.

She revealed her identity to her father – to discover he had already worked it out. As one might expect.

The Three Jokers #3 Add New Twist To Barbara Gordon's Life (Spoilers)
Detective Comics #423 by Frank Robbins and Don Heck.

Barbara then went on to serve as a member of the United States House of Representatives, occasionally returning to the Batgirl role. The events of Batman: The Killing Joke saw her paralysed, before becoming the eye in the sky, Oracle, working with the Birds Of Prey.

The reboot of the New 52 did away much of her history, though preserved the Killing Joke moments, returning Barbara to the role of a scarred Batgirl, and no mention that Jim Gordon knows Batgirl is his daughter.

The Three Jokers #3 Add New Twist To Barbara Gordon's Life (Spoilers)
DCeased: Unkillables #1 by Tom Taylor, Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott

Almost no mention. The alternate universe zombie series DCeased written by Tom Taylor included a scene in which it was clear that Jim Gordon knew all along – about all of them. As his daughter died, he could drop the pretence.

The Three Jokers #3 Add New Twist To Barbara Gordon's Life (Spoilers)
Screencap Harley Quinn Animated Series

The Harley Quinn animated series recently had Barbara Gordon reveal her secret life as Batgirl to her father, responding to Jim's claims that Batman inspired her, removing her cowl and saying "He inspired my costume. My dad inspired me."

The Three Jokers #3 Add New Twist To Barbara Gordon's Life (Spoilers)
Injustice Gods Among Us.
Gotham Gossip: Jim Gordon, Barbara Gordon, Oracle, Batgirl (Spoilers)
Injustice Gods Among Us.

Also written by Tom Taylor, in the another alternate Injustice: Gods Among Us future, with Jim Gordon dying, it is implied he knew about Bruce and Barbara all along.

Batman: The Three Jokers by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, following on from their story in Justice League, in which it was revealed to Batman that there were indeed Three Jokers, adds a little twist or two. With Barbara making a rather clear statement.

Batman: The Three Jokers
Batman: The Three Jokers

He knows. She knows he knows. This is not new information. And she's not the only one.

Batman: The Three Jokers
Batman: The Three Jokers

But the continuity-based relationship of The Three Jokers to the rest of the DC Universe was severed when Geoff Johns stepped down as CCO. In The Joker War, it was revealed that the Joker, at least, knew who everyone was.

Joker Knows Bruce Is Batman But Has A Plan (Secret Files #3 Spoilers).
Joker War

Did the ongoing Batman titles want to get this in there before Geoff Johns did it? However, in Batgirl #50, published at around the same time, Jim Gordon doesn't have a clue – indeed, he is openly insulting towards Batgirl, just as it looks like Barbara Gordon may be going back into politics.

The Three Jokers #3 Add New Twist To Barbara Gordon's Life (Spoilers)
Batgirl #50

In The Joker #2, as it is revealed that Jim Gordon knew all along, this behaviour will be addressed. If he knew, why be so cruel? Let's find out on Tuesday.

JOKER #2
(W) James Tynion IV – Sam Johns (A) Guillem March – Mirka Andolfo (CA) Guillem March
As the dust settles on Arkham Asylum and tragic recent events, The Joker is the most wanted man in the world—and powerful forces are lining up around the globe to hunt him…but where exactly is the Clown Price of Crime? Jim Gordon, facing his twilight years haunted by the madman, knows where to start the hunt, and he's been given the go-ahead to pursue him… but will he be willing to pay the price? And what shocking revelation will Gordon stun Batman with before he departs? And in the backup story, within the walls of Blackgate Penitentiary, Punchline has become the target of the Queen of Spades from the Royal Flush Gang. It'll take everything Punchline has just to survive, while on the outside, Bluebird digs deeper into Punchline's horrific past! In-Store: 4/13/2021 $5.99

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.