J.K. Simmons Is Commissioner Gordon in ‘Justice League’

Commissioner Gordon

The D.C. Extended Universe has a Commissioner Gordon and he looks a lot like J. Jonah Jameson.

The Hollywood Reporter just broke that Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons is joining Zack Snyder’s Justice League as the longtime Batman ally, which is gearing up for principal photography in April for release on November 17, 2017.

Featuring the lineup of Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Simmons is the latest addition to the confirmed supporting cast, which includes Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Mera (Amber Heard).

Simmons has a history in superhero movies, (in)famously playing loud newspaper publisher J. Jonah Jameson in the three Sam Raimi Spider-Man films. Popular since he last played the role in 2007, there were calls to bring back him back for the 2012 reboot and even for the forthcoming 2017 MCU reboot. This casting would likely put any rumors of that to bed.

He follows in the footsteps of Gary Oldman who played Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Oldman was preceded by Pat Hingle who portrayed him in the four original Bat flicks. Simmons seems like he can straddle the gravitas Oldman brought while upping the dry humor (though maybe not the buffoonery) of Hingle’s portrayal.

I persistently saw Bryan Cranston as my ideal Gordon but pulling Simmons out of the proverbial casting hat is an pretty ingenious move by Snyder. I think a lot of fans will be happy with this choice.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter

 

Sam Flynn

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  • Ben Kabak

    No link to the scoop?

  • Peter James

    This guy must lead a charmed life.

    How does one get to play both Jonah Jameson AND Commissioner Gordon, and still squeeze in an Oscar winning role and a couple of Farmer’s Insurance commercials in between?

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, tho…

  • breakerbaker

    Wow, this is going to make a lot of people who inexplicably wanted him to reprise JJJ in the MCU (I’d agree he’s basically the best thing in any of the Raimi movies, but the performance makes no sense in the MCU) very upset.

    Haven’t there been rumors going back like 3 years that Gordon was dead in BvS? I guess maybe people just knew that nobody had been cast and put two and two together.

    • SAMURAI36

      And got 6? Besides, doing JJJ again was merely fan casting and wishful thinking.

  • So how many Oscar winning actors/actresses do we have in the DC Universe now? Two-time winner for Ben, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and now JK Simmons.

    Then we have nominated names: Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jesse Eisenberg and 5 time nominee Amy Adams.

    DC is lining up with some pretty heavy hitters.

    • Carl

      Yeah but with Zack Snyder directing expect more MoS like performances.

      • SAMURAI36

        And there you go, with your nonsense.

        • Victor Thomas

          i never understood the hate Snyder gets.

          • SAMURAI36

            The people who hate him, don’t understand it either. I suspect that if Snyder worked for Marvel, they’d love his dirty undies.

        • Carl

          It’s not like MoS is known for great acting performances. Cavil was bland, Adams was forgettable, Costner phoned it in and Shannon was ok but over the top. I liked Crowe.

          • SAMURAI36

            And yet, almost all of those people were nominated for various awards for MOS. Your opinion means….. What, again?

          • Carl

            Where any of those nominations an Oscar? No, no they weren’t. Probably Teen Choice awards.

          • SA2

            come on. Which superhero movies have actors/actresses nominated for an Oscar? (except for TDK)

          • henryducard

            It’s becoming more and more clear the casual Disney marvel fans don’t think much.

          • SAMURAI36

            Precisely this.

          • SA2

            exactly. smh

          • Carl

            None but that’s not the point. They don’t get nominated for anything really. Either way the actors in MoS are never talked about as the good part of the movie. They are fine but nothing special.

          • SA2

            really? never heard anyone says henry was a bad superman. If he was a bad superman MoS would have been a box office bomb.The script was bad not the actors/actresses

          • Carl

            I’ve never heard anyone say he was a good Superman. He is ok, Brandon Routh was better. Cavil just looks the part. MoS wasn’t a big success either. Sure the script is at fault and the director too. Amy Adams was a huge miscast also.

          • SAMURAI36

            Is this kinda like how you heard all those people who say Heath won an Oscar because he died?

          • SAMURAI36

            He’s just talking nonsense. Nothing he says has any credibility whatsoever.

          • SA2

            exactly. now he’s saying brandon routh was a better superman. smh these trolls

          • SAMURAI36

            Yeah, Routh plays a better Ray Palmer than he did Superman.

          • Carl

            He was. :)

          • henryducard

            So just like all marvels actors??

          • Carl

            No, superhero movies don’t get Oscar nominations except Heath Ledger. He was great but he probably got the nom because he died. At least Marvel has stand out actors in its movies though. Robert Downey, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Chris Pratt have all had their careers elevated by their performances.

          • SAMURAI36

            So, every actor who dies, receives a posthumous award? Dude, you’re a complete idiot.

            And so what, if Marvel has these nobodies rising to prominence? I’d take oscar winners over has-beens and z-listers any day.

          • Carl

            Dude you just love everything DC and hate everything Marvel. It’s hilarious. Many people believe that Heath Ledger only won because he died. Of course he had to give a great performance too but he wouldn’t have won.

            Just collecting A-list actors doesn’t make a movie great. It’s about finding the right people for the right roles. Marvel has plenty of A-listers too.

            Melissa Benoist gives a better performance as Supergirl than Cavil does as Superman. I really like where that show is going. :)

          • SAMURAI36

            Dude you just love everything DC and hate everything Marvel. It’s hilarious.

            Better for it to be hilarious for me, than hypocritical, as it is for you.

            Many people believe that Heath Ledger only won because he died.

            “Many people”, like who? Because as I peruse Google, I see very few people making this point. In fact, I’d never heard of any such silly thing, till you said it. And the FEW people who are saying this, are basically trolls like you.

            Of course he had to give a great performance too but he wouldn’t have won.

            Then what’s the point of all this?? The point is, he delivered a great performance. Full stop. Besides, you didn’t answer my question.

            Did Philip Seymour Hoffman receive a posthumous award for Hunger Games? The answer is no. You’ll be hard pressed find another actor who fits this criteria, in order to establish a precedent.

            Just collecting A-list actors doesn’t make a movie great. It’s about finding the right people for the right roles. Marvel has plenty of A-listers too.

            Yes, Marvel has A-listers, that they are doing absolutely nothing with. Most movie-goers can’t even tell you the name of Robert Redford’s character in TWS. Elba is completely wasted. Hansou is wasted. Hopkins is wasted.Tommy Lee Jones was wasted. Rourke was wasted. Norton was wasted. Close was wasted. None of them were cast in roles befitting their thespian pedigree. The only ones that are remotely memorable, are Hopkins, Fury, and possibly Elba.

            Melissa Benoist gives a better performance as Supergirl than Cavil does as Superman. I really like where that show is going. :)

            Good for you. For the record, I loved both the ASM films. I also liked DOFP and FIrst Class.

          • henryducard

            Stand out actors??? Haha! Maybe Robert Downey. The rest of them are stuck with marvel films or nothing haha!

          • Carl

            You need to check imdb some time. After Thor, Chris Hemsworth got leads in Snow White and The Huntsman, Red Dawn, Rush, Blackhat and In the Heart of the Sea. Chris Pratt is a lead in Jurassic World, The Magnificent Seven remake and is considered for many major roles. Chris Evans hasn’t done a lot but Snowpiercer was great and he is trying to do work behind the camera.

          • henryducard

            Yes and how many of those movies bombed kid? Chris Pratt got type casted for jw like he will for the rest of his career and jw was the only movie that did well because after jp3 people wanted another good jp movie so it blew up like everything blows up now. You’re also comparing marvel that has a ton of movies to the dc films which as of yet only have one. Like I said kid think. The first Thor movie wasn’t well received and neither was the first captain America but it took them time to build it up and you’re judging everything after one film. You gotsta chill Disney boy.

          • SAMURAI36

            Wow, what a genius you are. This is precisely why I’m saying you are not being taken seriously.

          • Carl

            Thanks, my comment was intelligent and exactly why it’s taken seriously. lol

          • SAMURAI36

            Look around, genius. Nobody here is taking anything you’re saying seriously.

          • Carl

            I can’t look around, I’m not in the internet. lol

            What’s funny is how the opposite is true because you don’t realize that people don’t take you seriously when all you do is hurl insults.

          • SAMURAI36

            Try reading the entire page, genius. Everybody here is jumping on you, for the dumb stuff youv’e been saying here.

        • henryducard

          Haha he somehow thinks Oscar winning actors are going to be lead around by someone. When something isn’t right they will say so.

      • henryducard

        You’re forgetting the Oscar winning writer that wrote the film. Since Zack didn’t do writing this time that won’t be a problem.

        • Carl

          Good writing doesn’t equal good performances. Also Terrio has written one movie so I’m not going to assume he is great yet.

          • SAMURAI36

            Yeah, because that Oscar that you were trying to throw in my face earlier, all of a sudden means nothing. Got it.

          • Carl

            Writing one great movie doesn’t mean you’ll have success again. Also I’m not the one who brought up awards, you did.

          • henryducard

            He’s done a lot more than that but ya like I said earlier about Disney marvel fans.

          • Carl

            No he hasn’t, look at imdb. He wrote one full length movie screenplay before BvS. What about Disney Marvel fans? Are you a WB DC fan? lol

          • henryducard

            See you have no clue what I mean. WB and dc are one and the same. Look at the publishing section of any dc comic. I still have my batman comics from over 20 years ago and they all say dc comics a time Warner company in the publishing section. WB has the rights to every dc character unlike Disney with marvel. WB can use any character they want whenever they feel like and Disney is stuck with a civil war of what like 10 characters even though the comics were a straight up war. Half of the time you don’t know what people are talking about because you have the Disney fan problem. You started paying attention to superheroes because some stuff Disney made a few years ago so you have no clue of the history. I’m not just a dc fan. I have a fat stack of Spiderman comics and I have the marvel knights daredevil and punished comics and without googling it you probably have no clue what those are. I am a COMIC fan but all you see is Disney films.

        • SAMURAI36

          It wasn’t a problem last time either. The same writer wrote arguably one of the greatest CBM’s to date.

    • Robin D Cross

      Jared Leto, also

    • Marquis de Sade

      Better late than never, Johnny.

  • Mr. Eikrem

    Kinda, right?

    • SAMURAI36

      Wow, that’s uncanny.

      • Bernard Angelo Belleza

        maybe they have decided to cast him long ago, and just broke the story today, long before they even made that comic, and now they tried to incorporate his likeness to the new Batman comic line.

        • SAMURAI36

          I can totally see that.

  • Carl

    I like him, he’s a very good actor but I’m sad that this probably kills all hope of him reprising the role of JJJ.

    • Math

      I would have been surprised if he returned as JJJ in the first place, but why does him being cast as Gordon automatically means he won’t be re-cast as JJJ? Is there a special clause in their contracts that says an actor is not allowed to take a role in the MCU if you are cast in the DCU?

      • Yes. They are called non-compete clauses.

        • SAMURAI36

          Yes, this. Which is why it was so silly when the lady who plays Sif claims she was up for the role of WW.