Hamilton Hill (comics)
|First appearance||Detective Comics #510 (1985)|
|Created by||Gerry Conway
|Full name||Hamilton Hill|
Hamilton Hill is a corrupt politician who ran against Arthur Reeves in the mayoral elections in Gotham City. Hamilton Hill defeats Arthur Reeves when Reeves’s "Batman identity" photos turn out to be faked. Unbeknownst to the citizens, Hamilton Hill is in league with corrupt councilman Rupert Thorne (who is secretly a crime lord) who helps him become Mayor. During his early time in office, he assists Thorne's attempts to identify and defeat Batman.
Mayor Hamilton Hill accuses Batman of a crime which was committed by a villain called the Night Slayer. When Harvey Bullock visits Mayor Hill for a confrontation, Harvey ends up shot but manages to survive.
Mayor Hamilton Hill fires Police Commissioner James Gordon and replaces him with one of Thorne's cronies Pater Pauling. After Thorne is defeated and Pauling killed, Hill re-instates Gordon but spends the rest of his time in office trying to shift the blame for the state of Gotham onto Gordon's shoulders.
When Batman defeats Night Slayer and exposes his plot to frame Batman, Mayor Hamilton Hill's involvement in this plot is also exposed, resulting in Hill's removal from office.
In other media
- Mayor Hamilton Hill appears in Batman: The Animated Series voiced by Lloyd Bochner. While originally hostile to the Batman and somewhat comical at times, this version of Hill showed absolutely no trace of the corruption that the comics version demonstrated. He first appeared in the episode "On Leather Wings" where he allows Detective Bullock to pursue Batman (along with his own task force), who is framed for the robberies of pharmacies throughout Gotham City. In "Be a Clown", his son Jordan is kidnapped by the Joker after he runs away because he thinks his dad does not care about him. Batman later saves the boy and returns him to Hill, who then grows to trust Batman, unlike before. Throughout the show, he gradually begins to respect Batman after needing his help in dire situations like in the episode "Lock-Up" when he is kidnapped by an ex-Arkham Asylum employee or when he is kidnapped by the Joker in "Harlequinade" or almost replaced with a robotic duplicate in "Heart of Steel" Pt. 2. Batman has also saved his life twice from Temple Fugate, the Clock King, who had a grudge against Hill because he believed that he made him late for a court date on purpose (Fugate was appealing against a $20 million judgement against his company, and subsequently lost). Hill had been a lawyer at the time, which also caused Fugate to believe Hill did it on purpose because the lawyers who had worked on the case were represented by Hill's law firm.
- Lloyd Bochner reprises his role of Mayor Hamilton Hill who appears in The New Batman Adventures episode "Over the Edge." He appears at Gotham City Police Station where he tells Gordon to stop hunting down Batman (who they now know is Bruce Wayne) as he remembered how Batman saved his life and his son's life. Commissioner Gordon refuses which gave Mayor Hill no choice but to fire Commissioner Gordon after Barbara's funeral. It turns out that the events of this episode was just part of Barbara's dream she had after she was exposed to Scarecrow's fear gas.
- In Batman Beyond, the high school Terry McGinnis attends is named Hamilton Hill High School (or "Hill High"), presumably after the now-deceased Hamilton Hill. Other notable characters include: Dana Tan, Chelsea Cunningham, Nelson Nash, and Maxine "Max" Gibson.
- In The Batman episode "The Batman/Superman Story" Pt. 1, Hamilton Hill (voiced by an uncredited Lex Lang) is identified as the newly elected mayor of Gotham in the season premiere and is portrayed as African-American. He is elected after Marion Grange resigned from office due to an alien invasion in Gotham.
- Mayor Hamilton Hill is seen in the Young Justice episode "Alpha Male" voiced by Corey Burton. The intro has him and some people with him poaching tigers only to be attacked by Monsieur Mallah. The newspaper article about his attack (which also shows a picture of him with serious injuries) is partly what leads the team and Captain Marvel to investigate.
- In Tim Burton's 1992 film Batman Returns, Mayor Hamilton Hill is portrayed by the actor Michael Murphy even though the character was unnamed.
- In the movie Batman: Under the Red Hood, a newspaper clip revealed that Jason Todd (during his time as Robin) saved the life of Mayor Hamilton Hill.
- Mayor Hamilton Hill appeared in the video game Batman Vengeance. He was blackmailed by Poison Ivy along with other politicians and wealthy socialites, voiced again by Lloyd Bochner.
- In Batman: Arkham Origins, there is a sign that reads "Hamilton Hill."
- In Gotham Girls, Poison Ivy gives him a toxin that makes him grow a root out of his forehead. This makes him resign from office.
- In The Batman Adventures, Hamilton Hill is replaced as mayor in an extraordinary election by the Penguin thanks to Fugate's machinations rigging the votes. Batman foils Fugate and Penguin's plan and Hill is reinstated.
- Mayor Hamilton Hill appears in an issue of The Batman Strikes. He is taken hostage at one of Bruce Wayne's parties by Black Mask.
- Detective Comics #510
- Detective Comics #511
- Detective Comics #544
- Detective Comics #546
- Batman #349
- Batman #381 (March 1985)
- Hamilton Hill at DC Comics Wiki