J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon has to be one of the most exciting castings in recent memory. The Oscar winning actor has some pretty big shoes to fill, following the great performance from Gary Oldman. Commissioner Gordon will make his first appearance in the DCEU with next year’s Justice League. Although it hasn’t been officially confirmed, Simmons will likely be playing a Commissioner who’s coming out of retirement to help his Bat friend.
We’re seventeen months until the release of Justice League, and already we’re hearing great things about Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. According to Collider’s Steve Frosty Weintraub, who visited the set last week, Simmons’ first day on set took place that same day. A number of reporters got to witness a scene getting shot, where Gordon is talking to a few members of the League.
Here’s what Frosty from Collider saw.
Standing on the dirty Gotham Police Station rooftop is Commissioner Gordon wearing a hat, tie, glasses and a long trench coat. He’s standing next to the Bat symbol and talking to Batman, Flash and Wonder Woman as smoke billows from nearby vents. As the camera slowly zooms in, I’m listening to the four of them talk about scientists disappearing.
While it’s hard to figure out why they’re talking about missing scientists, it’s very much a comic book panel come to life with the way everyone is standing and framed to the camera. I’m smiling wide from ear to ear.
As I try and hear more of what they’re saying, all of a sudden Cyborg is walking across the rooftop towards our heroes saying that the head of S.T.A.R. Labs has been taken. As he gets closer he stands next to Wonder Woman and I watch as a huge smile appear on her face before turning back to the rest of the group. It seems like she’s extremely happy he’s joined them. I silently wonder if this is the first time all of these heroes have been together. As the group discusses the situation, they decide they’ll need to go somewhere to investigate. As Gordon continues to talk he turns and everyone is gone but the Flash. It’s like he didn’t get the memo that when Gordon turns to talk you need to quickly disappear. Flash says to Gordon, “Do they just do that?” Gordon says nothing as Flash speeds off.
It’s funny to watch and I quickly realize the Justice League movie is going to be a lot more fun than I was expecting.
Well there you have. All fears about the DCEU being too dark and not fun should hopefully be put to rest. The Flash (Ezra Miller) should immediately add some levity, because that’s who his character is. I can’t wait to see the live-action look of Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and because Zack Snyder is directing he’ll look extra awesome. Commissioner Gordon’s outfit is very traditional, all he’s missing is the cigar. As for Wonder Woman and Cyborg’s moment, I’m sure it plays off an earlier moment where they attempted to recruit him. Remember, Cyborg already exists while the events of BvS occur.
Hopefully your excitement for Justice League has increased a bit. Now comes the long wait until we finally see these guys onscreen together.