Rumor of the day: Major DC character already dead when Batman v Superman begins

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Dec 8, 2014

A key supporting character in DC Comics is apparently already resting in peace in the DC Movie Universe.

We're still trying to piece together exactly where the DC Universe stands at the beginning of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first team-up movie in Warner Bros.' new continuity for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and all their superfriends, and so far we're doing it mostly through unconfirmed reports. We've heard that Wonder Woman may have been appearing outside of Paradise Island for decades before the events of the film, that the murder of the Waynes seems set for another big-screen appearance, and more. Now we've got a new report claiming that one of the most important characters in the Batman mythos won't be around when Dawn of Justice begins. 

Before we go any further, please note that this is a fairly credible report, so SPOILERS AHEAD. Click away if you don't want to know.

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According to Devin Faraci of Badass Digest, who's had his finger on the pulse of the flick for quite some time, Batman's frequent ally and fellow crimefighter James Gordon is dead when the film begins, and his passing is noted by a memorial plaque in Gotham City. How he died, who or what killed him, and what effect this had on Batman are apparently not in the film's script, so we have no idea if this is a setup for future flashbacks or just an easter egg, but Faraci does note that the Batman of Dawn of Justice has been at work for 17 years when the film begins, so there's ample opportunity in future films to go back and explore what exactly happened to the beloved commissioner. 

This is a bit of a shocker, considering how close other elements of Dawn of Justice seem to be to Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, a comic in which elderly versions of Bruce Wayne and Gordon are the best of old friends, but perhaps it's just a way of streamlining the Gotham side of things for a film that's already packed with characters. Or perhaps it's a setup for some piece of Batman continuity that will be revealed in a later film. Again, we just don't know if this a story point or simply a "Hey, we're not doing Gordon this time around" nod to fans, but we'll certainly find out as Warners rolls out its full slate of DC flicks in the years to come.

So apparently Dawn of Justice and the films that follow it (the ones that take place in the future, at least) will be Gordon-less. What do you think? Bold move or senseless removal of a key Batman figure?

(Via Badass Digest)

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