In honor of the 75th anniversary of Batman, an event known as Batman Day was established. Social media has already been sharing their favorite moments to come from Batman for #BatmanDay2016, with Zack Snyder even joining in on the fun. After Ben Affleck’s debut as the character in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, he will be leading and assembling a team of superheroes in Justice League, prior to returning to Gotham City for his own solo film.
One of the main supporting characters that is set to be featured in both films is Commissioner Jim Gordon, played by J.K. Simmons. With Justice League in the homestretch of filming and in honor of #BatmanDay, Snyder has released the first look at Simmons on the Justice League set.
Snyder revealed the photo on his Twitter page, showing Gordon standing on the roof of the GCPD, with the bat signal shining bright. While it is not the brightest or most colorful first look at Simmons, here is the DC Extended Universe’s Commissioner Gordon:
The photo itself has a very old feel and style to it, almost as if it takes place in the ’50s. While that is clearly not going to be the case, it is great to finally have a look at Simmons as Gordon. He became so recognizable as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films that the longer fans have to adjust their mindset for this other character the better. There is no doubt that Simmons will be able to successfully play the role, now it’s just a matter of what type of portrayal he will have.
Simmons recently expresses how much he enjoyed playing the character in Justice League, prior to returning for The Batman in a much larger role. Gordon does not figure to be a big piece to the puzzle in helping the Justice League stop Steppenwolf, but once Deathstroke comes to town, that will be a different story. Even though it is exciting to see a look at the character at this stage, fans will still have to wait over a year until they can see him in action. This is possibly the scene described on the set visit where the Justice League assembles, possibly for the first time, before they go to take out the Parademons running amuck in Gotham.
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.
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