I'm putting the word out. Five hundred grand for this clown dead; a million alive, so I can teach him some manners first.
~ Gambol
Gambol is a major antagonist who appears in The Dark Knight.

He was portrayed by Michael Jai White, Who also portrayed Bronze Tiger in Arrow.



Gambol is the leader of the black mafia and before the events of the movie, is engaged in a turf war against Sal Maroni (the new leader of Carmine Falcone's mob.) However, due to the presence of Batman and newly-elected District Attorney Harvey Dent, Gambol allies himself with Maroni and becomes an associate of his.

The Dark Knight

When the Joker walks in on a business meeting between Gambol, Maroni, Lau, and The Chechen, Gambol hated him immediately from the start after being insulted by him, as well as killing one of Gambol's men by slamming a pencil into his eye. Gambol puts a bounty on the Joker's head: A million dollars for capturing him alive, 500 grand for capturing him dead.

Later in the movie, a gang of bounty hunters arrive at Gambol's hideout, claiming that they have killed the Joker. After bringing in a body bag with the Joker's body, Gambol prepares to pay the bounty hunters, but the Joker suddenly reveals himself to be alive and reveals the bounty hunters as his men, who kill several of Gambol's men. He supposedly kills Gambol by stabbing him in the mouth.

Gambol is later seen to be alive when he and the rest of the Mob leaders are being arrested by the GCPD following Lau's giving the GCPD his list of clients and associates. It is unknown if he is still alive following the events of the film; if he is, he is likely in prison (and possibly one of the inmates locked up because of the Dent Act).



  • "Gambol" means "To frolic or dance about". As Gambol would likely never accept this as a nickname or alias, Gambol was likely his last name. It also could have been derived from the word "gamble".
  • Gambol's actor Michael Jai White, who was best known for playing superhero Spawn. Both Spawn and Gambol share a mutual hatred for clowns (Joker, Clown/Violator).
  • Some claim that Gambol survived his attack by the Joker and can be briefly seen later in the film being arrested during a GCPD on his neighbourhood. This claim is disputed by many though as it would render the narrative purpose of The Joker's visit to Gambol's headquarters useless (if Gambol had lived it would be unlikely that the other mob bosses would have hired the Joker after this one told them what the Joker made him, although he could have decided to not speak about this in fear of being killed). Even the movie screenplay never states that Gambol was killed. The recently released behind-the-scenes book of the trilogy, however, confirms that Gambol was indeed murdered by The Joker.


           Batman Movie Villains

1966 series
Joker | Penguin | Riddler | Catwoman

Burton/Schumacher series
Batman: Joker | Bob | Carl Grissom | Max Eckhardt | Vinnie Ricorso | Antoine Rotelli | Eddie
Batman Returns: Penguin | Max Shreck | Catwoman | Chip Shreck | Red Triangle Circus Gang (Organ Grinder, Poodle Lady, Tattooed Strongman, Stungun Clown, Thin Clown, Fat Clown, Sword Swallower & Knifethrower Dame)
Batman Forever: Riddler | Two-Face | Two-Face's Thugs (Sugar & Spice) | NygmaTech (Frogmen) | Neon Gang (Neon Gang Leader) | Salvatore Maroni
Batman & Robin: Poison Ivy | Mr. Freeze | Bane | Snowy Cones Thugs | Golums (Golum Gang Leader) | Jason Woodrue

Nolan series
Batman Begins: Ra's al Ghul | League of Shadows (Scarecrow & Ra's Decoy) | Carmine Falcone | Victor Zsasz | Joe Chill
The Dark Knight: Joker | Two-Face | Sal Maroni | The Chechen | Gambol | Lau | Bank Manager | Michael Wuertz | Joker's Thugs (Thomas Schiff, Chuckles, Kilson, Bus Driver, Happy, Dopey & Grumpy) | Burmese Bandit
The Dark Knight Rises: Bane | Talia al Ghul | Barsad | Catwoman | John Daggett