The Justice League has found its Commissioner Gordon and it’s none other than Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons. The man who regularly steals scenes for fun in any film he’s in has succeeded Gary Oldman as the Gotham City police commissioner, say The Hollywood Reporter
Justice League will be directed by Zack Snyder and sees heroes Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) teaming up to “combat a threat beyond each member’s capabilities,” according to the movie’s synopsis.
Justice League will start shooting in mid-April. It’s slated for release on Nov 17, 2017 while Part Two will hit theaters on June 14, 2019. Warner Bros.’ next DC film will be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hits theatres on March 25, which is set to launch the Justice League, with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman forming the Trinity to combat the villainous Doomsday.
James Gordon has been played by several actors down the years, most recently by Oldman, who was brilliant during Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
The character is a pivotal part of the Batman mythology and is also the central character in TV series Gotham, where he is portrayed – in his more tender years – by Ben McKenzie.The news will come as a bit of a blow to Marvel fans who know Simmons as the Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. The actor recently stated he would never close the door on returning to that role but surely this key role in the DC EXtended Universe would rule him out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man reboot.