Five years have passed since Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy came to an end with The Dark Knight Rises, and with it we waved goodbye to not only one of the greatest trilogies in superhero-movies history, but also to some memorable portrayals. Aside from Christian Bale’s unforgettable performance as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gary Oldman’s Commissioner Gordon stood out throughout the three films.
DC’s Extended Universe goes through constant changes, and Batman’s universe is no exception. Along with the new Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) comes a new Commissioner Gordon – J.K Simmons, who will make his first appearance this year in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Although we are still a few months away from its release, hype is starting to build up and questions to the former cast regarding the upcoming new portrayals are inevitable.
ComicBook spoke to Gary Oldman at CinemaCon’s red carpet and didn’t miss the chance to ask him if he has any advice to pass on to J.K Simmons about playing Commissioner Gordon. Oldman graciously replied:
“J.K Simmons doesn’t need any advice from me. He’s a wonderful actor. I’m intrigued to see what he does with it. I’m looking forward to it. Gordon was very good to me so I wish him a lot of luck. I’m excited for him”.
Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was Oldman’s first foray into the world of superheroes, having worked on various fantasy and sci-fi movies before – but nothing like working hand in hand with the Dark Knight himself. J.K Simmons, on the other hand, was part of the Marvel universe as J. Jonah Jameson – editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle and Peter Parker's boss – in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. However, this is the first time he takes part in DC’s universe.
In a recent interview, Simmons revealed that his role in Justice League is “very, very small,” as it’s just an introduction of the character, but with production of Batman’s solo movie right around the corner, there are possibilities of growth for his character. Nevertheless, fans are eagerly looking forward to his take on Commissioner Gordon in this darker universe DC is currently building.
Both Oldman and Simmons are highly respected actors who have proven their versatility in many genres – from fantasy, to drama, to even science fiction – and while we might not see as much Gordon as we would like in Justice League, it’s fair to say Simmons won’t disappoint.
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