Not too long ago, DC comics released pics which gave us our first look at their famed trinity post New 52. The pictures (below) were met with mixed responses with many approving of Wonder Woman and most agreeing that Superman just looks like Superboy. However, the one that stirred the nest the most was Batman. For two reasons: he's now in a mech-suit that looks an awful lot like a bunny; and he's holding a gun. Meaning that it looked like he had for some reason broken his rule about using guns, an extension of his big "no killing" rule. Understandably this wasn't taken well, despite the minimal information we had on the change at the time.
However, La Covacha have uncovered new information with regards to the new Batman. It is in fact, Commissioner Gordon inside the suit. This information is courtesy of a page of the new post New 52 Batman run that they have scanned and published online which you can see here.
That, is a very interesting development, which opens up more questions than it answers: what happened to Bruce Wayne? Why is the GCPD replacing Batman instead of one of the Robins? Why Gordon? Why a mech-suit? But alas, we shall have to wait to see the answers to any of these. But there is one question that we can at least try to answer right now:
Is this a good idea?
The answer to this is objective and of course depends on how it's pulled off, but in my (not so humble) opinion, hell yeah it's a cool idea! Jim Gordon is one of the most tragically underexposed characters in Gotham City, having never had his own series and there sadly being few stories that centre on him and the GCPD. But this is a chance to show off his character in a new light, and beyond that, this is an idea which simply has tonnes of story potential.
1) No holds barred
Think about it, Batman is no longer a vigilante, he's a cop. Gordon may not have the same level of abilities as Bruce Wayne, but he'll have a gun in his hand and a license to kill if necessary (not to mention those shoulder mounted rocket launchers). In other words, the next time the Joker comes a-terrorizing, he's not going to Arkham, he's getting a cap in his ass. He'll also have the entire resources of the police behind him, back-up, snipers, air support etc. The leaked page also implies he has a batmobile, and if that suit is anything to go on, I can't wait to see what the GCPD have slapped onto that.
2) A Legacy
Living up to the mantle of the Batman is not easy. Just ask Terry McGuiness (Batman Beyond) or Dick Grayson (Nightwing/Robin) who have both taken on the mantle. On top of the difficulty of keeping the world's most crime-filled city safe, you have to live up to the legacy left you by the guy Superman once called "the most dangerous man on the planet". And there's a chance that Gordon might even begin to question whether or not he should take up Batman's no killing rule after stepping into his shoes. That would be pretty interesting to see.
3) Batman vs. Darkseid
The cover of the upcoming series 'Divergence' seems to be telling us that Gordon-Batman is going up against Darkseid. A literal God that rules over a planet of warriors with advanced tech and super-powers and who has single handedly beaten Superman into the dust on numerous occasions. And seeing the woefully underprepared Jim Gordon go up against that sounds simultaneously terrifying and awesome. Even just forgetting the promise that makes in terms of spectacle, seeing the sarcastic commissioner comment on such an occassion and similar ones he is bound to encounter is sure to provide some comedy gold.