The Batman: Jeffrey Wright Reveals His Comic Research for Jim Gordon Role

As production on The Batman kicks off (and set photos circulate of a fully batsuit-ed Robert Pattison riding a batcycle), actor Jeffrey Wright has shared some of the reading he’s doing to prep for his role as Jim Gordon.

In his Instagram post, Wright, who’s set to appear in Season 3 of HBO’s Westworld in March, revealed an image of the trade paperback Batman: The Golden Age Vol. 1. Here’s a look…

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“Background reads for the culture,” Wright writes. “In the beginning…”

Batman: The Golden Age Vol. 1 contains Detective Comics #27-45, Batman #1-3, and New York World’s Fair Comics #2 – so it really hones in on the Caped Crusader’s first published outings as Gotham’s go-to vigilante. Director Matt Reeves has said that The Batman will focus on Batman’s detective abilities, emphasizing a rogues gallery and offering a more mystery, Noir-influenced take on Gotham City.

Though no one knows yet if Wright’s Jim Gordon will hold the title of “commissioner” in The Batman, or if the story will have him start out as a detective or lieutenant, Gordon was police commissioner in his first appearance in Detective Comics #27.

Check out Robert Pattinson in the batsuit, as part of test footage released by Reeves, as well as all the various comic book influences for the suit.

You can also see IGN’s official ranking of all the movie batsuits here.

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Plus, Ben Affleck recently explained why he gave up playing Batman in the DCEU.

The Batman — which releases June 25, 2021 — stars Pattison as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman, Colin Farrel as Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton / The Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and John Turturro as Gotham City mobster Carmine Falcone.

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Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at