List of mayors of Gotham City
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Known Mayors of Gotham City
Mayors in the comic books
- The first mayor of Gotham seen in the comics was unnamed, but drawn to look like New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia.
- Mayor Bradley Stokes ran a program where citizens could become "mayor for a week" during his vacations. Participants included Thomas Mays and Bruce Wayne.
- Mayor Taylor - Named in Detective Comics #375 (May 1968) and appears in various titles throughout the mid-1960s.
- Mayor Hayes - Introduced in Batman #207 (Dec. 1968).
- An unnamed man with blonde (sometimes tan) hair became mayor on a campaign of criminal justice reform and briefly retired Commissioner Gordon and Batman before seeing the error of his ways in The Brave and the Bold #113 (July 1974). He also appears in Detective Comics #433 (March 1973) and World's Finest Comics #218 (August 1973), where allegations of a kickback scandal threaten to end his political career.
- An unnamed, older mayor appears in Batman #270, 275, 283, and other comics throughout the late 1970s.
- Mayor Theodore Cobblepot - The great-grandfather of the Penguin. His tenure of office is the longest ever. He is mentioned in Gotham Underground #9 (August 2008) and appears in the flashback scenes in the Batman: Gates of Gotham miniseries.
- Mayor Thorndike - He appears in the flashbacks from the "Made of Wood" storyline where he was killed by the original Made of Wood Killer on July 17, 1948.
- Mayor Aubrey James - A contemporary of Thomas Wayne who was stabbed to death, as mentioned in The Madmen of Gotham from Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #204-206 (late June-late July 2006).
- Mayor Jessop - Served as mayor shortly after the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, as mentioned in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5 (November 2010).
- Mayor Wilson Klass - The mayor of Gotham City during Batman's early years. When Batman saved his daughter from Hugo Strange, Klass encouraged the GCPD to ease their anti-Batman stance, ending the era of the police actively hunting Batman. This happened in the Prey storyline from issues #11-15 of Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, and Klass appeared in other stories from that series including Heat (#46-49), Idols (#80-82), Infected (#83-84), and Duty (#105-106).
- Mayor Gill - Appears in the Irresistible storyline from Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #169-171 (September-November 2003).
- Mayor Edward Jack "Petey" Grogan - Appears as Gotham's mayor in Two-Face: Year One #2 (October 2008), set shortly before Batman: Dark Victory. Grogan had previously become police commissioner at the end of Batman: Year One.
- An unnamed fat, bald mayor is killed by Midnight in Batman: Gotham After Midnight #7 (January 2009).
- Mayor Hamilton Hill — A corrupt politician elected mayor thanks to the machinations of Rupert Thorne. He became mayor in Detective Comics #511 (February 1982). During his early time in office, he assisted Rupert Thorne's attempts to identify and defeat Batman, principally by firing Police Commissioner (and Batman ally) James Gordon and replacing him with one of Thorne's cronies Peter Pauling. After Thorne was defeated, Hill re-instated Gordon, but spent the rest of his time in office trying to shift the blame for the state of Gotham onto Gordon's shoulders. Hill last appeared in Batman #381 (March 1985) in the Pre-Crisis DC universe. His canonicity to the post-Crisis DCU is confirmed in Harvey Bullock's profile in Who’s Who Update ’88 #4 (November 1988).
- Lloyd Bochner provides the voice of Mayor Hamilton Hill in Batman: The Animated Series. In Batman Beyond, there is a high school named after him.
- Hamilton Hill is the new mayor of Gotham City at the start of Season 5 of The Batman voiced by Lex Lang. In a diversion from the comics and Batman: The Animated Series, this version of Hill is an African-American.
- Hamilton Hill briefly appears in the Young Justice episode "Alpha Male" voiced by Corey Burton. He and several friends are shown on a hunting trip in India. After accidentally stumbling upon scientific equipment built by the Brain, Hill and the others are shot by Monsieur Mallah. A headline in a Gotham newspaper later reveals that Hill survived, albeit with serious injuries.
- Hamilton Hill is mentioned in Batman: Arkham Origins. His name is on a building. According to one of the Gotham Intel files by Anarky, he was mentioned to have been involved in a sex scandal and to be in Rupert Thorne's pocket. In the DLC titled "Cold, Cold Heart", Hill is trying to recover with reports of him considering having Peter Grogan replace Gillian B. Loeb as police commissioner following his death at the hands of Joker (who was disguised as Black Mask during the events of the game proper). However, protests erupt over Loeb's corruption which was also exposed as well as evidence linking Grogan to the Maroni family. By the end of the game, it is mentioned that Hamilton Hill has ultimately resigned from office after Batman captures Mr. Freeze and Penguin and exposes Ferris Boyle.
- Hamilton Hill appears in the first two episodes of Batman: The Telltale Series voiced by Robert Pescovitz. Hill is running for re-election against Gotham District Attorney Harvey Dent, who is being financially backed by Bruce Wayne. As Hill had been in an alliance with Thomas Wayne and Carmine Falcone decades earlier where the three of them ran Gotham as a covert criminal enterprise, Hill leaked knowledge of Thomas Wayne's misdeeds and crimes to disgrace Bruce and thus undercut the support for Dent's mayoral bid. He also used the power of the Mayor's office to have the GCPD search and seize evidence from Wayne Manor, which he then leaked to Oswald Cobblepot as part of a mutually beneficial arrangement to disgrace Bruce. It is also revealed that Hill ordered Joe Chill to assassinate Thomas and Martha Wayne and make it look like a mugging as he apparently feared Thomas was becoming too volatile to control. Shortly before a mayoral debate against Dent, Bruce/Batman went to get more answers from Hill about Thomas' criminal endeavours, also finding out that Cobblepot had a vendetta against the Wayne's due to an old bargain that handed Cobblepot family land over to Thomas Wayne. Despite warnings from Bruce/Batman to stay away from the debate as Cobblepot was likely to attack it as part of his plan for a people's revolution in Gotham, Hill went anyway and was subsequently held hostage when Cobblepot and his forces stormed the venue. He was drugged with truth serum and as a result confessed his contempt for Gotham's poor, saying they should be incinerated. In the battle between Cobblepot's forces and the GCPD alongside Batman and Catwoman to free the hostages, Mayor Hill was shot and killed by Cobblepot as revenge for his role in depriving the Cobblepots of their family land, just after confessing his role in authorizing the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Following Mayor Hill's death, Harvey Dent is sworn in as the new Mayor of Gotham City.
- Mayor George P. Skowcroft - First appeared as acting mayor in Detective Comics #551 (June 1985) as a replacement for Hamilton Hill. In a storyline beginning in Swamp Thing #53 (October 1986), he tried to prevent panic when the city was under attack by Swamp Thing due to Abby Holland's arrest for bestiality. Mayor Skowcroft was eventually persuaded by Batman to release Abby on the grounds that a definition of bestiality that included non-human intelligent humanoids would include a great number of superhero relationships.
- An unnamed man succeeds Skowcroft as mayor, but is killed by Deacon Blackfire's followers in Batman: The Cult.
- Mayor Charles Chesterfield - Killed by a biological anomaly that removes fat cells from the human body.
- An unnamed mayor appears in Batman: Run, Riddler, Run #1-3 (May-July 1992). Although some fan sources refer to him as Julius Lieberman, he is never actually identified in the comic, and bears no physical resemblance to known depictions of Lieberman. The chronology of Riddler appearances requires Run, Riddler, Run to take place before the Dark Knight, Dark City story in Batman #452-454 (early August-September 1990) and, therefore, before Detective Comics #626, the appearance of a mayor who bears resemblance to Lieberman - although Run, Riddler, Run was actually published after Lieberman's death in Batman versus Predator.
- Mayor Julius Lieberman - First named in Batman versus Predator #1-3 (December 1991-February 1992), where he is killed by a Predator. The unnamed mayor in Detective Comics #626 (February 1991) bears a resemblance to him.
- An unnamed slim, balding man appears as mayor in Robin II #3-4 (late November-December 1991), Justice Society of America #1 (August 1992), and Robin Annual #1 (1992).
- An unnamed African American man appears as mayor in Detective Comics #648 (late August 1992).
- Mayor Armand Krol — Krol first appeared in Detective Comics #647 (August 1992). Like Hamilton Hill, he did not like Commissioner Gordon. Krol also disliked Batman until the "Knightfall" series during which Batman saved his life. After this, he turned increasingly to Batman rather than Gotham's police to tackle crime in the city. He demoted James Gordon and replaced him as Commissioner with Gordon's wife Sarah Essen-Gordon. After years of self-serving incompetence, Krol lost an election against Marion Grange in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #46 (January 1996). During the "lame duck" period of his mayoralty, Gotham descended into anarchy when a rogue member of the Order of St. Dumas unleashed the Ebola Gulf-A virus on the city during the "Contagion" story arc. Krol himself contracted the virus and was given the cure, only to discover that the supposed cure did not eradicate the disease completely - it resurfaced in his body and killed him, just prior to the "Legacy" storyline.
- Mayor Marion Grange — Formerly a District Attorney, Grange was elected after receiving Bruce Wayne's endorsement. Grange was sworn-in early by the state governor in the midst of the crisis caused by the Clench virus and Krol's inept handling of matters. Her first act as mayor was to forcibly eject Krol from the mayor's office and her second was to re-appoint James Gordon as Police Commissioner. After Gotham was devastated by an earthquake in the "Cataclysm" story arc, she failed to prevent the federal government from declaring Gotham a disaster area and cutting it off from the rest of the country. An assassin hired by Nicholas Scratch shot and killed her with a sniper rifle shortly afterwards - although the bullet was meant for Bruce Wayne.
- Mayor Marion Grange appeared as a male in The Batman voiced by Adam West (who played Batman in the first television series). He is depicted as a friend of the Wayne Family even when Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne were still alive. By season five, Marion Grange was succeeded by Hamilton Hill.
- An African-American version of Marion Grange is featured in Beware the Batman, voiced by C.C.H. Pounder. In "Broken", Grange is held hostage by Humpty Dumpty in his revenge plot against the city's law enforcers due to her role as District Attorney during his court case. In "Nexus", she was nearly killed by a bomb planted by Anarky in a plot to frame Batman. In "Games", she is one of Humpty Dumpty's unwilling participants in his Murder Mystery game due to her involvement where an innocent man was sent to prison after being framed by Tobias Whale. After the trauma of the incident, Grange takes a leave of absence and steps down in "Hero" leading Harvey Dent to start his own campaign for mayor. She is eventually replaced by Deputy Mayor David Hull in "Epitaph."
- Mayor Daniel Danforth Dickerson III — His term began in the wake of No Man’s Land in Detective Comics #742 (March 2000). Mildly corrupt, he was assassinated by the Joker in Gotham Central #12 (December 2003).
- Mayor David Hull — His term ran through the mid-2000s following the death of Mayor Dickerson, who Hull served under as deputy mayor.
- In Beware the Batman, David Hull (voiced by James Patrick Stuart) is mentioned several times as the deputy mayor, standing in for Marion Grange after the Humpty Dumpty incident. In "Animal," Hull gives Harvey Dent authorization to deny Gordon's SWAT team to break up a riot at Blackgate Penitentiary. At the end of "Epitaph," Hull is revealed to have been sworn in the new Mayor of Gotham City after Grange resigns and Dent is hospitalized.
- An unnamed female mayor is referenced in Batman: Face the Face, set a year after the Infinite Crisis storyline. Details of her brief tenure remain unrevealed.
- Mayor Sebastian Hady — The incumbent mayor of Gotham in the current comics continuity who succeeded the unnamed female mayor. Hady was introduced in Batman as an immensely corrupt and ruthless politician and has publicly admitted to cheating on his wife. Another known fact is that he blackmails his mayor opponents so that he would win the elections. He was taken hostage by Azrael (Michael Lane) during the events of "Judgement on Gotham", but was rescued by Red Robin. Sebastian also tried to frame Commissioner Gordon for murder during the early days of Batman Incorporated, but Batman easily exposed the allegations as false.[volume & issue needed] In "The New 52" continuity, Hady has been mayor for about five years and was backed by the crime lord Carmine Falcone. He is also the father of the twins Charlotte Rivers and Jill Hampton. He is stated to have died in Detective Comics #953 (May 2017).
- In 1914 as seen during the Forever Evil storyline, the unnamed Mayor of Gotham City at the time had his encounter with the Court of Owls and was later murdered in their labyrinth by a Talon.
- In the alternate future of The Dark Knight Returns, Gotham City is run by an unnamed mayor who makes his opinions over Batman's return as seen in the first part. After the Mutant Leader had been apprehended by the police, the Mayor visits him and tries to make a peace deal with him. It didn't go well as the Mutant Leader killed the Mayor by ripping out part of his throat. Following the death of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor Stevenson is sworn in as the new Mayor of Gotham City. In the fourth part, Mayor Stevenson's opinion over Batman differs from the opinion of Governor Mahoney. Mayor Stevenson states that Commissioner Ellen Yindel will make the decision of how to act with Batman.
- In the sequel to The Dark Knight Returns called The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Mayor Giordano is mentioned as calling in military help.
- In the alternate 1891 of Master of the Future, former Police Commissioner Tolliver is elected mayor after Batman captures Jack the Ripper and Tolliver takes credit. Tolliver is killed by Alexandre LeRoi and replaced in a special election by Gotham City Council member Thorne.
- In The Dark Knight III: The Master Race which follows The Dark Knight Returns and the The Dark Knight Strikes Again, there was a mentioning that the current unnamed Mayor of Gotham City is manipulating opinions when it came to the lack of protestors following the apprehension of Carrie Kelley.
- In the alternate 1941 of DC Comics Bombshells, issue 13 establishes that Harvey Dent is the newly-elected Mayor of Gotham. Despite having supported World War II refugees from Europe, Hugo Strange mind-controls Mayor Dent to turn him into an anti-immigrant isolationist whose slogan is "Make Gotham Golden Once More." Tim Drake acknowledges this as a "heavy-handed-but-uncomfortably-timely political allegory" of Donald Trump, who Dent is drawn to resemble.
- In Batman: Arkham Knight, James Gordon becomes the Mayor of Gotham City in an epilogue that takes place after the events of the game.
Mayors of Gotham City in other media
Besides the media appearances of some of the mayors listed above, some media appearances have their own Mayors of Gotham City:
- The 1960s TV series Batman featured Mayor Linseed (portrayed by Byron Keith). At one point in the series, the Penguin mounts a political challenge to Mayor Linseed who turns in desperation to Batman for help. Batman agrees to run for mayor with Linseed as his deputy mayor to prevent Penguin from winning the office. Batman defeats the Penguin which allows Linseed to retake his position. Mayor Linseed's name is a play on John Lindsay, who was the Mayor of New York City at the time.
- In the FOX series Gotham, the mayor of the city is Aubrey James (portrayed by Richard Kind). James is deeply corrupt and affiliated with Carmine Falcone. In season 2, he is replaced by the Penguin.
- The 1989 film Batman featured Mayor William Borg (portrayed by Lee Wallace).
- The 1992 sequel Batman Returns features Roscoe Jenkins (portrayed by Michael Murphy). Max Schreck attempts to unseat Jenkins in a recall election, using the Penguin both to unleash chaos on the city with help from the Red Triangle Circus Gang and to run for the office as the mayor's challenger. Batman thwarts the Penguin's political campaign by exposing his plots and Roscoe Jenkins presumably remains in office.
- Batman Forever featured an unnamed mayor (portrayed by George Wallace).
- Batman: Gotham Knight featured a Mayor Manning who was assassinated by Deadshot.
- The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises feature Anthony Garcia (portrayed by Nestor Carbonell). In his first appearance, he is the mayor when the Joker attacks Gotham. At one point, Garcia is almost assassinated when the Joker infiltrates Commissioner Gilliab B. Loeb's funeral procession disguised as an honor guard member and fires a rifle at him. The mayor survives because Gordon notices the Joker in a split second and tackles the mayor to the ground just as the Joker pulls the trigger. Because of his efforts in both situations, Garcia promotes Gordon to succeed Gillian B. Loeb as police commissioner after Loeb was poisoned by a tainted liquor left by Joker with the help of corrupt cops. After the death of Harvey Dent, he signs the controversial "Dent Act" giving Commissioner Gordon enough police power to arrest and detain every criminal in Gotham with no chance of parole. The Dent Act ends up making the city crime-free. Eight years later in The Dark Knight Rises, Garcia is still in office where he is at a party at Wayne Manor which is dedicated in memory of Harvey Dent. Garcia proposes to depose Gordon from the post of police commissioner because he feels that his efforts are not needed during a period of peacetime, unaware that Bane and his men are hiding in the sewers of Gotham City. One of the last things he does in the movie is agree to Gordon's request to cover up a mass police search of the sewers for Bane under the pretense of a training exercise. Anthony Garcia is one of the first victims of Bane's takeover of Gotham where he is killed while attending a Gotham Rogues football game with some of his aides when Bane sets off a bomb planted in his viewing box with the explosives also imploding the field by rigging the foundation's concrete with explosive charges. It is not said who succeeds Anthony Garcia after Bane is defeated.
- The 2017 film The Lego Batman Movie (a spin-off of The Lego Movie) features Mayor McCaskill (voiced by Mariah Carey).
- In Batman: Arkham Asylum, there was a reference to an unnamed Mayor of Gotham City who was referenced to have been held hostage by Joker before the start of the video game.
- Batman: Arkham City features Quincy Sharp (voiced by Tom Kane) who was the former Warden of Arkham Asylum as seen in Batman: Arkham Asylum. He has claimed to be the Spirit of Amadeus Arkham. Upon becoming Mayor of Gotham City, Quincy Sharp creates Arkham City one year after the Titan attacks at both Arkham Asylum and at City Hall. Sharp took credit for stopping Joker's Titan plot. He was later deposed out of office and thrown into Arkham City due to an act of betrayal by Hugo Strange himself. Batman manages to save Quincy Sharp from the Arkham City inmates and is placed in a safe place with Vicki Vale. After Arkham City was shut down, it's possible that Quincy Sharp was removed from office after his involvement with Arkham City and Hugo Strange. It is later implied through an unlockable story in Batman: Arkham Knight that Sharp hanged himself in his jail cell while awaiting trial after seeing a hallucination of the late Hugo Strange.
- In Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, there is an unnamed Mayor of Gotham City who attends the Man of the Year award ceremony along with several other prominent figures like Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor. When Joker leads his fellow villains to crash the ceremony, the Mayor of Gotham City is robbed of his money by Riddler and then flees along with everyone else. It was suggested that he had been elected a year before the events of the video game as when Vicki Vale mentions the local law against mind-control gas due to "last year's disastrous mayoral campaign." Vicki also mentioned in another news report that the Mayor of Gotham City had a plan to replace Arkham Asylum with a "...vast, walled off area in the heart of the city" which was put on hold.
- Batman #12
- Detective Comics #68
- Detective Comics #179; "Mayor Bruce Wayne!" from Jan 1952
- Detective Comics #784
- Batman: Gotham Knights #19 (August 2001)
- Detective Comics #699 (July 1996)
- Robin #28 (April 1996)
- Batman #562 (February 1999)
- Gotham Central #13
- Batman Eternal #2 (April 2014)
- Batman and Robin Vol. 2 #23.2
- The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3
- Brick Heroes: Sets of Lego Batman