‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′: Director Marc Webb Talks J. Jonah Jameson

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Of all the casting choices in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, J.K. Simmons as The Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson is perhaps the most perfect. With his mile-a-minute patter and his ability to fire and rehire someone in the space of a single breath, Jameson still stands out as one of the most memorable aspects of Raimi’s franchise – not to mention, the face that launched a thousand memes.

Simmons was so great in the role, in fact, that it’s hard to imagine any other actor playing Jameson in the rebooted universe of The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequels. This has been true of other comic book characters in the past; before The Dark Knight it was hard to imagine anyone pulling off the role of the Joker as well as Jack Nicholson did. In this case, however, even The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb admits that it’s an incredibly tough role to recast.

During a Google+ Hangout promoting the upcoming release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Webb was asked about the possibility of J. Jonah Jameson showing up in either The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (which Webb is also directing) or Amazing Spider-Man 4. While Webb couldn’t say for sure, he definitely seemed keen on the prospect.

“I like the idea very much of him coming up in the next film. It was more easy to accept a new Spider-Man than someone who could outdo J.K. Simmons in that role, he is so iconic. That’s something we’ve really talked about. Obviously I love that character because he poses such an interesting dilemma for Spider-Man. The answer is I don’t know, but I think you can expect to see him in the future.”

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As far as the viral marketing for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is concerned, Jameson is already part of the movies – even if he hasn’t appeared onscreen yet. Sony set up a website for The Daily Bugle and posted an editorial from the desk of J. Jonah James, decrying the so-called “heroic” actions of the public menace known as Spider-Man.

If Jameson does appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man 4 then it might be possible to simply bring Simmons back to play the role again – he has, after all, said that he would be open to returning. The only actor to have appeared in both franchises so far is Stan Lee, who is sort of an exception to the rule; still, if any character could make it through a universe reboot without a single moustache hair out of place, then Jameson is that character.

Tell us in the comments if you think J. Jonah Jameson should show up in The Amazing Spider-Man sequels, and who should play him if he does.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in U.S. theaters on May 2, 2014, and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is set for release on June 10, 2016.

Source: Sony (via ComingSoon)

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  1. Bring him back, oh and bring the character back too!!

  2. I would do nothing but please the fans, why not bring him back.

  3. If the James Bond franchise could pull it off with the “M” character (which wasn’t half as compelling as J.K Simmons’ interpretation of Jameson) why couldn’t they do it here??? My vote is cast: bring the man back!!! That would certainly add to the “cool” factor of any future Spidey movie!!! It would be on par with the Stan Lee cameos we all know and love by now….

    • That’s a terrible idea. All I can picture is whats-his-name in the role. Fatty Fat from the Raimi movies. It’ll be him getting a promotion because JJJ didn’t take his medicine and died. Except now the black guy grew a mustache and nothing was I just said was explained. You just see him play JJJ. You know who I mean. He also works at the paper and stands up for Parker to get the staff job. He sucked in Spider-man 3! Black but can’t act.

      • Sorry, that was oddly racist of me. You said bring him back, not make the man black. Hmm, did you hear the guys talk about re-casting marvel characters with the token black actors a la FF and Nick Fury. It was on the SR Underground Podcast. My BAAAAD!

    • Okay, I would delete that comment if I could. Excuse my glancing. I thought you said make the man black. You said bring the man back.

      • LOL! I wondered what the heck you were talking about.

  4. I remember in high school talking with friends about who should be cast in different movies we wanted to see made. back b4 xmen came out even but anyways, this is a similar case, i couldnt have chosen an actor before the role was played but now i would have serious difficulties enjoying the portrayal, regardless of quality, by another actor.

  5. Why not Robert Downey Jr.?

    • You can’t. He’s Tony Stark, and it would ruin the possibility of Spidey meeting the Avengers in the future movies. But nice thought though.

    • I’d say bring him back, both actor and character. It would be the only movie to rehire the same actor and it would be unique. Plus, Robert Duvall, horrible choice MAN!

  6. If they go for a younger version…
    TOM HANKS!!!

    If they go with an older version

    • OR JAMES CAAN!!!!!!!

    • John Malkovich

  7. what about bringing back bruce campbell!

  8. JJ Jameson was the only thing Raimi got right……