Commissioner Forbes (died 2021) was the police commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department. He was the husband of an unnamed woman and the father of Steven Forbes. Eventually, he was killed by the False Face Society at the behest of the Black Mask.
- 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.
On his way to a GCPD budget meeting, Ford spoke with Dana Dewitt in an interview about stopping the distribution of Snakebite while mentioning that his police department has worked with vigilantes in the past. He was then confronted by Jordan Moore regarding his department's disproportionate murders of black men, to which Forbes simply replied she should run for commissioner then. That night, Forbes killed in a drive-by shooting caused by the False Face Society, which was witnessed by Jordan.
Forbes was 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 had 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.
- Forbes being the Commissioner could be a reference to Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes from The Vampire Diaries, another show Caroline Dries was involved in.