|First appearance||Detective Comics #503 (1981)|
|Created by||Gerry Conway|
|Full name||Hamilton Hill|
Hamilton Hill is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. He is a known Mayor of Gotham City and an adversary of Batman.
Hamilton Hill first appeared in Detective Comics #503 and was created by Gerry Conway and Don Newton.
Hamilton Hill is originally presented as a corrupt politician running against city councilman Arthur Reeves in Gotham City's mayoral election. Hill defeats Reeves when the councilman's photos purporting to reveal Batman's identity turn out to be faked and becomes the new Mayor of Gotham City. Unbeknownst to the citizens, Hill is in league with crime lord Rupert Thorne, who helps him become Mayor in exchange for Hill granting him favors. During his time in office, he assists Thorne's attempts to identify and defeat Batman. He also hires an assassin to take out police detective Harvey Bullock. When Bullock survives the hit and confronts Hill, he shoots Bullock (who survives), although Hill is able to cover up the shooting and preserve his public image.
Hill later fires Police Commissioner James Gordon and replaces him with one of Thorne's cronies, Peter Pauling. After Thorne is brought down and Pauling is murdered in cold blood, Hill re-instates Gordon, but spends the rest of his tenure as Mayor trying to shift the blame for Gotham's problems onto Gordon's shoulders.
Hill makes his own attempt to get rid of Batman by accusing him of a crime that was actually committed by the Nightslayer. When Batman defeats Nightslayer and exposes Hill's plot, Hill is exposed for the man he really is and is promptly removed from office.
In 2016, DC Comics implemented another relaunch of its books called "DC Rebirth" which restored its continuity to a form much as it was prior to "The New 52". While Hill's corruption is still intact, he is revealed to have a son named Hamilton Hill Jr. who works as the deputy mayor of Mayor Michael Akins. During a discussion with Akins, Batman even brought up his choice of having Hamilton Hill Jr. be his deputy mayor.