For the past couple of months, comic book fans have been lobbying for J.K. Simmons to return to the superhero genre and reprise his role as J. Jonah Jameson in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Well its just been announced that Simmons will in fact be returning to the superhero genre, but this time he’ll be joining DC’s universe in an iconic role.
The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive that says Simmons will play the new Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming Justice League movie. The role was previously played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.
I think this is a great casting, and very fitting for Simmons at this point in his career. It was highly unlikely that Marvel would ever consider bringing him back, but the upcoming DC universe allows Simmons an opportunity to return to the genre and play an important role in a much different universe.
The news of the Commissioner Gordon character returning for Justice League also tells us several things. For one, Gordon is not dead, despite early rumors. Second, given Simmons’ age, its entirely possible that Gordon (like Batman) could be retired for sometime, and is potentially coming out of retirement. We could see the character again in the solo-Batman movies, which we’re all just waiting for Warner Bros to announce.
Justice League is set to begin filming later on this year for a November 2017 release. The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher. Zack Snyder will direct with a script written by Chris Terrio.