Following the reaction to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, Warner Bros, DC Films, and Zack Snyder have taken a new direction in tone with Justice League. The trailer promises a lighter and more comedic tone than the DCEU has given audiences so far, and has stacked the cast with well-known actors to further draw in viewers. Just recently, co-star Ben Affleck teased the arrival of Deathstroke in the movie, who would join a few other characters by making their debut in Justice League. One of the new faces that has not yet been teased is the newest Commissioner Jim Gordon, played by J.K. Simmons.
Simmons is no stranger to superhero movies after becoming the synonymous face of J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. This time around, he will be working with the heroes to some capacity, but do not expect much else from Gordon for his debut.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Simmons was asked about his role as Gordon and his time on set of the upcoming blockbuster. He mainly did scenes with Affleck, further setting up their relationship for his next appearance in the Batman solo movie:
In this first installment of the Justice League, Commissioner Gordon is not a particularly sizable part. We just kind of introduce him and see a little bit of his interactions with Batman – and with most of the Justice League.
Even though he was working so closely with Affleck, Simmons credited Snyder for providing a fun set that he was thankful enough to be apart of:
That was a really fun set. Zack [Snyder] runs sort of a big, happy family and it’s obviously, in many ways, a very different work environment when you’re working on a big, giant movie like that than a relatively small movie like The Meddler. But at the end of the day, the director is the one who sets the tone. And one of the things that Zack and Lorene have in common is they’re just nice, smart, competent, fun people that you don’t mind spending a 12-hour day with.
Fans have not yet had the chance to see what Simmons looks like as Gordon, but it could be difficult for some to shake the thought of him as Jameson no matter what. Still, this is only going to serve as the introduction to the new version of the character. In fact, Simmons confirmed that he has finished filming for Justice League. This is hardly surprising news given that he was on set early on in the process, even during the early set visits.
Simmons is a talented actor and a fan-favorite no matter the role, so it will not be a surprise if he it the best version of Gordon fans have seen on screen. He does have to follow in the footsteps of Gary Oldman for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, who was quite good in the role. Still, this should be an older and possibly more physical portrayal of Gordon, especially with Simmons proving he still has the physique to do so. While fans may have to wait a bit to see Simmons in the role, he can certainly look the part if done correctly.
Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters 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, the Batman solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.