Commissioner Forbes is the police commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department.


Original multiverse

Early life

Forbes was born in Gotham City and, as an adult joined its Police Department eventually becoming Commissioner. At some point in his life he married a woman and has a son, Steven.[1]

Switch off of 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, was ambushed by Alice and her gang.[2]

Months later, when the Executioner attacked, Forbes ordered to put up the Bat-Signal again to ask for Batwoman's help, showing his trust for her.[3]

Arresting Jacob Kane

After Catherine Hamilton-Kane's death, Forbes received a call that informed him Jacob Kane was in the parking lot of the Orpheum Theatre and went there in order to arrest him for Catherine's murder.[4]

Anti-Monitor Crisis

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,[5] only to be restored a month later, after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.[6]

New multiverse


Forbes became commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department[1] some time after Loeb had the position.[7]

Refusal to activate the Bat-Signal

After Forbes' son Steven and Mayor Michael Akins' son Bryan were kidnapped by Mouse, Forbes refused to turn back on the Bat-Signal and, when he was interviewed by Dana Dewitt about said choice, he quickly dismissed her questions, implying it was out of political reasons due to his personal view regarding Batwoman's recent public coming-out.[1]


Forbes is a gruff, no-nonsense and blunt individual; he very strict regarding the code and protocols of Gotham City Police Department and rarely listening to what a suspect has to said when under arrest, also Forbes seem to greatly dislike the press.[1] Although seemingly very open-minded regarding vigilantes[3] he has prejudice about homosexuals, thus refusing to turn on the Bat-Signal after Batwoman publicly came out as lesbian,[1] despite having previously done it[3] and even if his own son's life was in danger.[1]



Season 1


  • Forbes is homophobic.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • In the 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 so he agreed to work for mobster Carmine Falcone, eventually being appointed Interim Commissioner in James Gordon's absence.


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