‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Should J.K. Simmons Return as J. Jonah Jameson?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

 Amazing Spider Man 2: Should J.K. Simmons Return as J. Jonah Jameson?

Comic book movie fans will be quick to tell you: one of the best parts of Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man movie trilogy – and a case of pitch-perfect casting – was character actor J.K. Simmons playing J. Jonah Jameson, Editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle, the fictional New York newspaper where Peter Parker works as a photographer. With his blustery delivery keeping in perfect step with the comic book version of  J.J. Jameson, Simmons was a scene-stealer in every Spidey movie; which is why the character (and the actor) was notably absent in Sony’s reboot film, The Amazing Spider-Man.

However, it now seems there’s opportunity to right that slight wrong, as Simmons himself let it be known he’s open to returning to the new Spider-Man franchise. The question is: should he be brought back?

Simmons was out doing the press tour for his upcoming show on ABC, Family Tools, when he spoke to Crave Online about the subject of the Amazing Spider-Man franchise – specifically whether or not he’d be open to jumping into it, should the opportunity present itself with the already-in-development sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Always one to keep his work options open, Simmons let be known that if the studio were to call, he wouldn’t be opposed to playing in the Spider-Man movie universe again:

“Oh, I’m open to anything… Obviously that was enormous fun playing that character. A big part of the fun was doing it with Sam and with Tobey. Like I said I literally have not seen the movie. I don’t even know tonally how different it may or may not be. I’m a fan of the actors, the director and everything else. Yeah, I’m always open.”

While that might seem like the standard answer from a working actor who likes to, you know, keep working, it should be noted that not every actor is open to revisiting ground they feel they’ve already covered – or continuing with a franchise after the creative team they worked under has moved on (see: Christian Bale and the Dark Knight franchise). Of course, his words do come without him having seen the actual film, so they could be taken as a bit premature:

“Well, the Spider-Man thing, for those of us who were doing the first franchise, that rug got pulled out from under us like two-and-a-half years ago, you know. So, that water is well under the bridge. I love making those movies with Sam and with everybody, and we had a great time. Now, the studio is doing a different version of it.  But that seems like ancient history. And, because I don’t get out much, I haven’t seen the movie or the Broadway play or the cartoon, which I do a voice on.”

J. Jonah Jameson wont be in the Spider Man reboot Amazing Spider Man 2: Should J.K. Simmons Return as J. Jonah Jameson?

Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' Trilogy

Simmons is a pretty tireless actor, so his statement above isn’t surprising, and clearly his ties to the Spider-Man property run deep. But again, the question is: should he be brought back?

  1. On the one hand: of course. As stated, the man is awesome at bringing J. Jonah Jameson to life onscreen. Some things just don’t need changing.
  2. On the other hand: no. Amazing Spider-Man is a new version, with a new approach, tone, and interpretation of the characters. J. Jonah deserves the same chance at (semi-)reinvention, with a new actor putting his own stamp on it.

Let us know your take on the situation by voting in the poll below – and be sure to head over to  Crave Online  to hear some more great stuff from Simmons about the Spider-Man experience.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently being revised by Star Trek 2 writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. It’s due in theaters on May 2, 2014.

Source: Crave Online 

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  1. Fine either way really. I loved Simmons as JJJ laughed every time I saw him in the movie but I think there are others out ther who can deliver a great JJJ well see

  2. while i do not look forward to amazing spider-man 2 {nothing against garfield
    or any of the actors , i just found the plot and characterization of the the characters….less than spider-manly …god i was trying to avoid puns..
    } i would love having simmons in the role of ol iron sides
    heck i would see the amazing spider-man 2 JUST for him

  3. I signed up for this just now JUST so I can say yes bring him back. But at the same time, this new series seems a bit darker and jk simmons was a lighter-tone version of what we might expect in future movies. BUT, seeing as how this first entry in the series was largly built around uncle ben’s death and how peter delt with it, the next movie cud easily take on a lighter tone for at least a good percentage of the movie, at least until Gwen’s death if they choose for it to be in the amazing spider-man 2.

  4. You know when they were first casting for AMS they didn’t cast JJJ and said his the hardest to cast and at the end of the day I can’t blame I like to do fan casting as a hobbie sometimes and I couldn’t picture anyone in the role but him probably just because when I think of JJJ I only think of Simmons if they do use JJJ and I ope and pray that they do they’ll need to make it different from Simmon’s performance which is so hard because almost everyone would say Simmons is JJJ you can’t do anything but that, but here’s what I think Simmons said that they took the character right out of the comics, maybe what they can do for AMS2 is take the character out of different comics still giving him the dry and loud humor but giving him lines that make him sound as if he has a human side for only a few seconds and then he goes back to yelling. That’s what I think at least

  5. Putting him in the spider-man movie would be like having the same actress playing Moneypenny in all those 007 movies. It would be great.

  6. Polls suck. They limit your options. With choices of “Absolutely – He owns that role!” and “No thanks – Time for some new blood.” we lose the third choice. “Same actor revises role to fit with new direction.”

    Let’s be serious and maybe think that this actor, who plays different people in different movies might be able to “act” like the character in the new version? Unless all his other performances look just like J.J.

  7. I personally think they already have recast JJJ in Paul Giamatti, telling everyone it’s The Rhino to avoid pre movie backlash. I mean, four potential villains in one movie? Have they learned nothing from Spider-Man 3?

  8. I’d watch Amazing Spiderman ONLY and JUST for him; Simmons was unexceptionally great at delivering this difficult character. Even if they think to recast- I would LOVE to see the ultimate actor daring to play John Jonah Jameson, head to head agaisnt Simmons’ JJJ.