Joker 2 Needs Jim Gordon (& Might Have Cast Him Already)

Joker 2 Needs Jim Gordon (& Might Have Cast Him Already)

Having Commissioner Jim Gordon appear in Joker: Folie à Deux is essential to the film working, and it’s possible that he may have already been cast.

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There are still a lot of questions as to what Joker: Folie à Deux will be about, but one new character is essential for the movie to work: Jim Gordon. It is already clear that the Joker films are attempting to expand their Batman universe, with celebrity singer and actor Lady Gaga playing Harley Quinn in the highly anticipated sequel. While this sets up an interesting movie premise, having an appearance from Commissioner Jim Gordon would go a long way in making Joker 2 an even greater film.


By the Joker movie ending, Arthur Fleck has become a highly publicized criminal, admitting to several murders, shooting Murray Franklin on live TV, and kicking off what is essentially a revolution in Gotham. Because of this notoriety, Fleck would understandably be high on Gotham City Police Department’s most-wanted list, meaning that Jim Gordon would most likely have Fleck in his sights in Joker 2. The potential for a Jim Gordon appearance in Joker: Folie à Deux is one of the film’s most exciting prospects as it gives Fleck a worthy opponent, and this is made only more exciting by the fact that the GCPD detective may have already been cast.

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Brendan Gleeson Could Be Playing Jim Gordon In Joker 2

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Brendan Gleeson has joined the Joker: Folie à Deux movie cast in an unspecified role, but some are speculating that Gleeson may be portraying Jim Gordon. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, there are several facts that support this theory. Brendan Gleeson is currently in his mid-60s, putting him around the same age as former Jim Gordon actors like J.K. Simmons and Gary Oldman. Gordon is also typically of Scottish descent, and while Gleeson is Irish, he has played Scottish roles before in movies like Braveheart. If he were playing an original character, it would be strange to hide it, but hiding Gordon makes perfect sense.

What Gordon’s Role In Joker 2 Could Be

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Jim Gordon’s role in Joker: Folie à Deux wouldn’t just be a cameo; it would be essential to the movie’s story and themes. The story of Joker: Folie à Deux could revolve around the GCPD hunting down Fleck, with Jim Gordon and Fleck having a similar dynamic to Batman and Joker in traditional Batman stories. Thematically, the first Joker was about the failings of American mental healthcare, and by introducing Jim Gordon in Joker 2, the film could do a similar structural analysis with the police. Jim Gordon’s introduction also allows for the introduction of characters like Barbara Gordon, possibly even setting up a future Killing Joke storyline.

Brendan Gleeson’s role in Joker: Folie à Deux also hints at what kind of movie the sequel could be. One of the biggest criticisms of the first Joker movie was that it heavily pulled from Martin Scorsese’s early films, such as Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. Having Gordon hunt down Fleck in Joker 2 could signal that the film is continuing this Scorsese homage, borrowing from his cat-and-mouse movies like The Departed. Although nothing is confirmed, Jim Gordon being played by Brendan Gleeson in Joker: Folie à Deux would hold real potential for the supervillain sequel movie.

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