Arnold John Flass

Detective Arnold John Flass is a fictional character in the Batman universe, created by Frank Miller. Although he is a minor character, Flass plays a pivotal role in the Dark Knight's modern origin and, as such, was adapted into the film Batman Begins and the television series Gotham.

Arnold Flass
Arnold John Flass
Cropped panel from Batman (vol. 1) #404 (February 1987).
Art by David Mazzucchelli
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceBatman #404 (February 1987)
Created by
In-story information
Full nameArnold John Flass
Team affiliationsGotham City Police Department
Supporting character ofBatman

Publication history

Arnold John Flass first appeared in Batman #404 and was created by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.

Fictional character biography

Flass is a corrupt detective in the Gotham City Police Department and a former Green Beret. He is Jim Gordon's partner, and Gordon's first introduction to the ugly reality of Gotham City. On their first patrol together, Gordon witnesses Flass beating up a black teenager for fun, implying he is a racist.[1]

Flass, who has been in Mafia boss Carmine Falcone's pocket for several years, resents Gordon's strong moral character, and worries that he will create problems for the department, which is built on corruption. One night, Flass and several other officers accost Gordon and beat him mercilessly in order to "teach him a lesson" with the threat of repeating not only on himself, but his family as well. Gordon soon turns the tables on Flass, however, beating him up and leaving him stripped of his clothes gagged and bound in the middle of the woods. By putting Flass in such a humiliating position, Gordon successfully ensured that his enemy would never admit that one man was capable of accosting him like that, and thus never harass Gordon and his family again for fear of exposing the truth.

Flass's troubles prove to be only beginning as he then encountered Batman as the corrupt police officer was taking a bribe from criminals and left him severely injured in the resulting altercation. Batman later intimidates a drug dealer named Skeevers, who turns on Flass and offers to testify against him. Then-Assistant District Attorney Harvey Dent offers Flass a plea bargain he cannot refuse: in exchange for testimony against Falcone and Police Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb, Flass would receive a lighter sentence. Flass accepts the deal and turns over extensive notes of his dealings with the Mob, giving Dent evidence to prosecute much of Gotham's organized crime.[2]

After Year One, Flass made only occasional cameos in the Batman series. He is the third victim of the Hangman killer during the limited series Batman: Dark Victory (1999–2000), set a few years after Year One; the Hangman seeks to eliminate everyone who helped Dent's career as D.A., regardless of their motives for doing so. By this time, Flass has become a bouncer at a sleazy strip club called the "Cheetah Room", where the Hangman killer hangs him to death.[3]

Flass's death in Dark Victory creates a continuity problem; namely, that Flass is portrayed as being alive when Jim Gordon married Sarah Essen Gordon in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #2 (1992), a story that takes place chronologically after the events of Dark Victory (when Gordon is married to his first wife, Barbara).

Other versions

Flass appears in the Batman: Arkham Origins tie-in prequel comic.

In other media


  • Arnold Flass appears in the television series Gotham, portrayed by Dash Mihok. As in the comic books, he is portrayed as a corrupt narcotics detective with ties to drug dealers, and openly dislikes James Gordon. He kills Leon Winkler, a witness to a drug deal gone bad, and forces Gordon off the case. Gordon eventually finds the ice pick that was used to kill Winkler and, with Captain Sarah Essen's help, arrests him for Winkler's murder.[4] In "Everyone Has a Cobblepot", Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb uses his hold on Gordon's partner Harvey Bullock to get Flass exonerated for Winkler's murder and is reinstated as a homicide detective. Gordon discovers evidence that Loeb's daughter Miriam murdered her mother. In exchange for silence about Miriam's crime, Gordon demands to Loeb that Flass be put on trial and to get his spot for president of the police department.[5]


  • The 2005 film Batman Begins featured a version of Detective Flass, portrayed by Mark Boone Junior. His uncouth behavior knows no bounds as he steals from a food vendor's tip box. As in Year One, Flass is James Gordon's partner, and is in Carmine Falcone's pocket, serving as protection during one of Falcone's drug shipments (the first appearance of Batman in the film). He is last seen when he inhales Dr. Jonathan Crane's fear toxin released by Ra's al Ghul in Gotham, and hallucinates that two children running in the street are in fact monsters. He panics and tries to shoot the children, but Jim Gordon (who has already administered Fox's antidote) subdues and hand-cuffs him.
  • According to The Gotham Times (a marketing site for The Dark Knight), Flass spends sometime in a mental hospital after being exposed to the toxin, and Harvey Dent eventually indicts him on charges of corruption. After Flass is dismissed from the GCPD, he loses his disability pension.[6]
  • Arnold Flass appears in the animated film Batman: Year One, voiced by Fred Tatasciore.

Video games

  • Mark Boone Junior reprises his role of Det. Arnold Flass in the 2005 Batman Begins game. In the game, he has special dialogue with Batman and Victor Zsasz.
  • Detective Flass is mentioned in Batman: Arkham Origins. It is mentioned by Black Mask in Edward Nygma's extortion file that Loeb has already sent him and some of his men to "beat some sense into Gordon" referencing a scene in Batman: Year One.

See also


  1. ^ Batman #404
  2. ^ Batman #407
  3. ^ Batman: Dark Victory #3
  4. ^ "Welcome Back, Jim Gordon". Gotham (TV series). Season 1. Episode 13. January 26, 2015. Fox.
  5. ^ "Everyone Has a Cobblepot". Gotham (TV series). Season 1. Episode 18. February 9, 2015. Fox.
  6. ^ "The Gotham Times". The Gotham Times. Archived from the original on 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
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Arnold is a masculine German, Dutch, and English given name.

It is composed of the Germanic elements arn "eagle" and wald "rule, power". The name is first recorded in Francia from about the 7th century, at first often conflated with the name Arnulf, as in the name of bishop Arnulf of Metz, also recorded as Arnoald. Arnulf appears to be the older name (with cognates in Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse), and German (Frankish) Arnold may have originally arisen in c. the 7th century as a corruption of Arnulf, possibly by conflation of similar names such as Hari-wald, Arn-hald, etc.

The name is attested with some frequency in Medieval Germany during the 8th to 11th centuries, as Arnold, Arnalt, Arnald, Arnolt. It was occasionally spelled Harnold, Harnald, and the name may have been conflated with an independent formation containing hari- "host, army". Its etymology ceased to be evident from an early time, and it was sometimes folk-etymologized as Ehrenhold in the early modern period.

The French form Arnaud is recorded from the 10th century, and was also brought to England after the Norman conquest, where it replaced the cognate Anglo-Saxon form Earnweald (Doomsday Book Ernehale; Ernaldus 12th century). However, the Anglo-Norman given name did not survive into the modern period (other than in surnames, as Arnall, Arnell), and the German form Arnold was re-introduced in the English-speaking world in the 19th century.

In the United States, Arnold had a relative surge of popularity at the beginning of the 20th century, peaking as the 89th most commonly given masculine name in 1916, but it dropped again below rank 200 by the 1950s.

Hypocorisms of the name are: Arent (Arend, Ahrend), Arndt, Arne, Aart (etc.).

Regional variants of the name include: French: Arnaud, Arnault,

Italian: Arnoldo, Dutch: Arnout, Arnoud, Portuguese: Arnoldo, Spanish: Arnaldo, Catalan: Arnau, Arnald.

The German name was also adopted in Old West Norse (14th century), as Arnaldr (Icelandic: Arnaldur).Arnold is also recorded as a surname (via a patronymic) from the early modern period. (Cornelius Arnold, b. 1711).

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