Academy Award winning actor and newly-minted fitness icon, J.K. Simmons, continues to ride a wave of publicity stemming from one of the biggest viral sensations, since an unassuming mom threw on a Chewbacca mask and couldn’t stop laughing.
The internet is still buzzing after pictures of Simmons began circulating, which shows the 61-year-old actor working out with his personal trainer earlier this year. Simmons isn’t known for playing physical roles, much less ones that call for him to reveal his biceps. As a result, he caught everyone off guard with his physique. Soon after, many began incorrectly speculating that he was preparing for his role as Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder’s upcoming blockbuster, Justice League.
The actor recently participated in the 2016 MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game in San Diego, California. At the event, he spoke with Entertainment Tonight, clarifying his earlier comments and his upcoming wishes for the role of Jim Gordon:
“If you look at the history of the character, in the comics, he’s a pretty tough guy. He’s not just this sort of comic relief, he’s not just anything, he’s a part of that universe. And in the first film that we’re currently shooting [Justice League], my part is not as big as, knock wood, it will be in some of the future films, the Batman film – you never know for sure what’s going to be made, what’s not going to be made. But the plan is – Plan A, if that indeed comes to fruition – is that there will be more Commissioner Gordon in the future. And I have absolutely no idea, zero idea, but I’m lobbying right now: let Commissioner Gordon be a badass.”
While we don’t know exactly how many movies Simmons is contracted for, we do know that he has already been filming for Justice League. Presumably, Ben Affleck’s upcoming solo Batman movie is also the next part of the plan. Affleck and DC Films’ head, Geoff Johns, have been working on the script together, so Simmons certainly could have been making his plea to that dynamic duo specifically.
It’s been decades since we got the bumbling Commissioner Gordon that was found in Batman: The Movie and Batman (1989), played by Neil Hamilton and Pat Hingle respectively. Certainly, up until this point, the most three-dimensional portrayal of the character was Gary Oldman’s work in The Dark Knight trilogy. Audiences got to watch the character grow from a detective to the Commissioner that fans are familiar with from the comics. In fact, he even (temporarily) outsmarted the Joker and arrested the supervillain himself in The Dark Knight, so there have been flashes of Gordon’s “badass” side on film already.
However, while Gordon is an active participant in crime fighting in the comics, perhaps his bigger defining trait is his sense of tragedy, pathos, and camaraderie with the Batman – all of which are elements that Simmons brings to the table in spades. Commissioner Gordon is more than a mustache and trenchcoat, so while it’s a shame to let a good pair of guns go to waste, Simmons has already proven that he will make the role memorable for much more than its physicality.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash is currently without a release date.
Source: Entertainment Tonight