Commissioner Gordon and Perry White: Do You Think They Know?

It seems to me that Commissioner Gordon and Perry White ought to have figured out that Bruce Wayne is Batman (Gordon) and Clark Kent is Superman (White).  

Why?

Because they're both intelligent people with a great deal of experience in professions (detective, journalist) where key qualifications include keen observational skills and the ability to ferret out information - often information that intelligent and/or powerful people don't want anyone to know.

In addition, they both have spent a lot of time with their particular subject on both of their identities over the years - Gordon with both Wayne and Batman, and White with both Kent and Superman.

Why have they never come put and said so to their particular subjects? It seems to me that to do so might open cans of worms for both themselves and the heroes in question.

I'm not sure, but it strikes me as possible that their might be questions of professional ethics for both of them if this question were brought out into the open.  White would have to deal with the fact that a prominent local  figure - and someone whose exploits the Planet covers regularly (and whose exploits presumably helps them sell lots of papers) is, in fact, an employee of theirs. Gordon, on the other hand, would have to deal the fact that he knows the identity of a prominent local vigilante, at least some of whose activities might not be what one might call "legal".

So, to avoid these kinds of confrontations, and incidentally to avoid disruption this might cause to the heroes crime-fighting efforts, White and Gordon maintain the pretense - perhaps even to themselves - that they do not know who Batman and superman really are.

What do you think?

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I have, and a couple of recent scenes are left open-ended -- which they wouldn't be, if there was no need. IOW, Perry bellows "Where's Kent?" when the subtext is that he already knows, but has to do the pro forma bellow so that the other ink-stained wretches don't think Kent is getting special treatment.

ClarkKent_DC said:

Yeah, but has anybody here been reading Superman for the past two years?

Admittedly, I haven't; the New 52 Superman was one reboot too many for me.

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