Last year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was a prequel of sorts to this year’s Justice League. It introduced classic DC characters such as Wonder Woman and The Flash to the big screen along with Cyborg and Aquaman. But it also featured Jeremy Irons as Batman’s butler/confidant Alfred in a small supporting role as well.
Much in the same way, Justice League will feature another classic Batman supporting character with the introduction of Academy Award winning actor J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. Currently, we have yet to see much of the actor in the role outside of a single black and white image shared by director Zack Snyder in the recent past.
In an interview with ScreenCrush, Simmons spoke about his role in Justice League and what it likely means for the future. Here’s what he told the outlet:
“My part in the first film coming out this fall is very, very small. It’s a little introduction of the character. But whenever the next one gets off the ground, whether it’s The Batman movie or the Justice League sequel, and I know those things are getting shuffled around right now … we thought we might be getting to work pretty soon on The Batman, but we’ll see what the future brings. Hopefully that’ll be another comic-book character that I get to take two or three or four cracks at.”
Simmons is, of course, referring to his tenure as J. Jonah Jameson in all three of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films. His rendition of the character has been considered by many as one of the highlights of the entire trilogy. Meanwhile, Commissioner Gordon has been played by several other actors in live action adaptations as well. His latest appearance he was played by Academy Award nominee (and professional acting chameleon) Gary Oldman in Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy which is arguably a tough act to follow.
Zack Snyder has been one of the leading creative voices for the current incarnation of the DC Extended Universe having directed two of the past three films that comprise it so far. While the films themselves have received mixed reviews at best, the casting choices have largely paid off. Even if some of them were originally met with doubt when they were first cast in their roles. Simmons’ casting, on the other hand, has been almost universally praised since he was announced last year.
There’s a lot banking on Snyder’s upcoming Justice League. It’s not only the first time the League will appear together on the big screen for the first time but also Snyder’s chance to prove to critics — and many fans — that he is the best choice to bring these characters to life.