Actor J.K. Simmons, best known for his brilliantly comic turn as Daily Bugle Editor-in-Chief J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy, will now tackle another iconic character – that of Commissioner Gordon in the forthcoming “The Justice League: Part One” movie says The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
This is the third time Simmons has been involved with a popular Hollywood property. Apart from the three “Spider-Man” films, Simmons has also appeared in last year’s “Terminator: Genisys,” where he plays a detective; a similar role to Gordon. He won an Oscar last year as Best Supporting Actor for “Whiplash” where he played an abusive musical instructor and conductor who will stop at nothing to develop the potential of his students.
“The Justice League Part One” will be directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by Chris Terrio. It will be produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and his wife Deborah Snyder. Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher will star along with J.K. Simmons.
It is interesting that Gordon will be a part of the “Justice League” movies and possibly future Batman films as well, because there were rumours that Gordon would not appear in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” because the character had died. Devin Faraci of Birth.Movies.Death had reported back in December 2014 that in the original script, there was a memorial plaque to the late Commissioner. However the reason behind his demise was not revealed.
It appears that the script changed and for the better. Having Gordon around will definitely up the ante for “Justice League” and will definitely add some much needed weight to the human component of the movie as it is a foregone conclusion that the film will largely focus on its superhuman characters.
Gary Oldman’s wonderfully layered performance as Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s grounded and gritty Batman trilogy is remembered by all fans and it will be difficult for any actor to endear us to a new Commissioner Gordon. It will be interesting to see what Simmons does with this beloved character and how the script treats him. Actor Ben McKenzie of “The O.C.” fame is currently portraying a younger Gordon in Fox’s “Gotham” TV series.