- "It's so much bigger than you could ever imagine. It's the whole system!"
- ―Gil Colson to Batman.[src]
Gilbert "Gil" Colson was a corrupt district attorney of Gotham City who was part of a conspiracy to put Salvatore Maroni in jail and Carmine Falcone in power in order to receive kickbacks from the Gotham Renewal Corporation. He was later targeted and killed by the Riddler.
Bribed by Carmine Falcone
Gil Colson was the District Attorney of Gotham City. His tenure as D.A. saw corruption, with Colson being paid a total of $10,000 every month to avoid prosecuting certain cases.
Kidnapped by the Riddler
Riddlers for his Life
- "How much?"
"Ten grand. Ten G's a month. I get a monthly payment just not to prosecute certain cases."
- ―Batman and Gil Colson.[src]
When Batman arrived, the Riddler called him via Colson's cell phone. After berating Colson for his corruption when the latter's panicking interrupted his speech, Riddler challenged Colson to answer three riddles, promising to give him the code to defuse the time bomb if he answered all three. Riddler then started the two minute countdown on Colson's time bomb and gave him the first riddle: "It can be cruel, poetic, or blind, but when it's denied, it's violence you may find". Scared and confused, Colson was unable to answer, but the calmer Batman realized the answer was "Justice" and informed Colson.
Colson gives Riddler this answer, which was indeed correct, and Riddler gave the second riddle: "If you are justice, please do not lie. What is the price for your blind eye?". Batman realized that Riddler was asking Colson how much it cost for him to turn his back. Though reluctant to answer, Colson informed Riddler of his $10,000 monthly payments when 58 seconds remained on his time bomb. Riddler then gave Colson the final riddle: "Since your justice is so select, please tell us which vermin you're paid to protect". Colson was horrified to learn from Batman that this riddle's answer was the name of the informant who has been protected from prosecution for their aid in the Salvatore Maroni case.
As the timer reached 20 seconds, Colson knew the informant was Carmine Falcone, but refused to publicly reveal the name. Batman pointed out Riddler was going to kill Colson if he didn't answer, but Colson was content to die to avoid possible retaliation on his family by Falcone's hands. Colson defended his decision and asserted to Batman that the informant was "the whole system", before the timer expired and the bomb detonated, killing him and knocking Batman unconscious.
Gil Colson comes off as cowardly, meek, pitiful, and distasteful to others.
To Be Added
- Gil Colson's name could possibly be a nod to the corrupt officer Gil Mason in Batman: The Animated Series.
- He also shares a name with President Richard Nixon’s advisor and hatchet man, Chuck Colson. Colson was the first member of Nixon's administration to be imprisoned for his political dirty work.
Behind the Scenes
To Be Added
- Reeves, Matt & Craig, Peter (writers); Reeves, Matt & Clark, Dylan (producers); & Reeves, Matt (director) (March 4, 2022). The Batman.
- THE BATMAN Star Peter Sarsgaard Reveals Some New Details About His Character Gil Colson
- "A Detective Story: To Understand Matt Reeves and The Batman, Look to the 1970s" - MovieMaker