- 1 Biography
- 2 Legacy
- 3 Personality
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Behind the scenes
- 6 References
Using the Bat-Signal
In 2018, Forbes supervised the transportation of the Bat-Signal back inside the Gotham Art Museum after the ceremony to permanently turn it off. During the event however, he was ambushed by Alice and her gang.
Arresting Jacob Kane
After Catherine Hamilton-Kane's death, Forbes received an anonymous call informing him Jacob Kane was in the parking lot of the Orpheum Theatre. He led a squad of police there in order to arrest Jacob for Catherine's murder.
During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Forbes as well as everyone in the multiverse except for the seven Paragons, was killed in an antimatter wave by the Anti-Monitor on December 10, 2019, only to be restored a month later, after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.
Conflicting views on Batwoman
After Forbes' son, Steven, and Mayor Michael Akins' son, Bryan, were kidnapped by Mouse, Forbes refused to turn on the Bat-Signal to ask for Batwoman's help. When he was interviewed by Dana Dewitt about said choice, Forbes quickly dismissed her questions, implying it was out of political reasons due to his (or others') personal views regarding Batwoman's recent public coming-out.
After Kate Kane's plane crash, Jacob called Commissioner Forbes, who was intent on declaring her dead, to offer more of his men to help continue the search for her.
After speaking with Jordan Moore and in a news interview about stopping the distribution of Snakebite while mentioning that his police department has worked with vigilantes in the past, Forbes was later killed by the False Face Society where the ones that shot him wore a hockey mask and a gas mask while the driver in the doll mask turned out to be Angelique Martin. This was witnessed by Jordan during her tagging activism.
Forbes is a gruff, no-nonsense and blunt individual; he very strict regarding the codes and protocols of Gotham City Police Department, rarely listening to what a suspect has to say when under arrest. Forbes also seem to dislike the press, especially when they question his job.
Although seemingly very open-minded regarding vigilantes, Forbes was implied to harbor prejudice against homosexuals since he refused to turn on the Bat-Signal after Batwoman publicly came out as lesbian, despite having previously done it and even if his own son's life was in danger.
Behind the scenes
- In DC Comics, Jack Forbes is a corrupt major of the Gotham City Police Department who missed the days when the police were treated like kings and costumed criminals were gunned down. As a result, he agreed to work for the mobster Carmine Falcone, eventually being appointed Interim Commissioner in James Gordon's absence.