Batman Has Become An Official Enemy of Gotham City

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Batman #60 by Tom King, Mikel Janín, Jorge Fornes, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles, in stores now.

Following Selina Kyle's decision to leave Bruce Wayne at the altar, the Batman has been on what can fly be called a rampage. Catwoman breaking his heart drove the Dark Knight over the edge, leading to severe depression and anger issues, as evidenced in his recent, brutal beatdown of Mr. Freeze.

As the series has progressed, things have only gotten worse, culminating with the Bat punching longtime supporter, Commissioner Jim Gordon. That was the breaking point, and now, Gordon has had enough of the vigilante's antics. He's not tolerating it anymore and is spreading the message he and his department are no longer in alliance with the crimefighter, officially making Batman an enemy of the police department, and Gotham City in general.

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Make no mistake -- vigilantism is illegal in Gotham, but Gordon and Batman's relationship has helped normalize the concept. He needed as much help as possible, and working with Batman meant he had an ally who wasn't corrupt, and had tools and manpower honest cops didn't have, and was a soldier who could stop everything from aliens to gods. From that perspective, you could call it a solid working relationship, but they did confide in each other as friends, despite Gordon not being told who was under the cowl.

Batman punching him, though, changes things, leading Gordon to begin to paint the hero as public enemy number one. He questions detectives Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya about Batman's bloody crusade over the last few months. They're afraid of him, and Gordon makes it clear that he's no longer allowed to run rampant. The cops finally accept Batman is abusing his power -- a privilege they enabled -- but now it's time to stand up.

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Batman has caused damage to the city and, whether he'd like to admit it or not, helped to create criminals even as he tried to become a symbol to save Gotham. As Gordon wonders what authority and right Batman has to go punching through his city, we see he's doing just that at this very moment. The Caped Crusader knows Bane is the mastermind plotting against him from Arkham, and the likes of Kite Man and Firefly are all beaten to a pulp as the Dark Knight attempts to find commotion of his theory.

As the police begin to really mull over these details, it's the reign of destruction he took to the KGBeast's doorsteps that really acts as a red flag. Spies have footage of Batman breaking his nemesis' neck, leaving him for dead and Gordon's petrified crew points out that if Batman wanted to, he could have killed him. It's all about sending a message and showing he has power to do whatever he wants.

Granted, they don't know it was done in revenge for KGBeast's shooting of Nightwing; all they see is the Bat operating like the kind of gangster they've tried hard to weed out their city. Gordon no longer is willing to back Batman, and he takes a baseball bat and breaks down the Bat-signal, signifying the end of the partnership, not just between the pair, but the entire police department.

Sadly, Batman's so obsessed with getting the truth about Bane's plan, it doesn't seem like he'll really care. Vengeance is the only thing on his mind, and we might be set for scenes similar to the end of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. There, we saw Gary Oldman's Gordon reluctantly unleashing the dogs on the superhero, but in King's run, the Commissioner now has proper reason for a vendetta of his own. And clearly, he's aiming to expose and take the Bat down.

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