The anticipation for Justice League continues to grow and build momentum. Fans will soon be able to see Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash teaming up to stop Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons, along with, J.K. Simmons taking on the role of Commissioner Gordon.
Simmons spoke with Entertainment Weekly while at the 2016 MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and elaborated on his earlier statements about his role within Justice League. The Oscar winner also discussed the future of Commissioner Gordon in this new universe.
“If you look at the history of the character, In the comics, he’s a pretty tough guy. He’s not just this sort of comic relief, he’s not just anything, he’s a part of that universe. And in the first film that we’re currently shooting [Justice League], my part is not as big as, knock wood, it will be in some of the future films, the Batman film, you never know for sure what’s going to be made, what’s not going to be made, but the plan is, Plan A, if that indeed comes to fruition, is that there will be more Commissioner Gordon in the future. And I have absolutely no idea, zero idea, but I’m lobbying right now: let Commissioner Gordon be a badass.”
This was an elaboration on a previous comment that Simmons stated while doing the press rounds for the home release of Kung Fu Panda 3, Simmons spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his approach to Commissioner Gordon in the Zack Snyder-directed movie:
“People of my generation remember Commissioner Gordon as this jolly, ineffectual Santa Claus type, and I think over the years in the comics there’s definitely much more of a badass side to him. One of the things that’s interesting to me is investigating hopefully a little bit more of that badass [side]…You’re living in a universe where it’s pretty tough to be a badass compared to somebody like Batman, but in the universe of non-superheroes I like the idea of Commissioner Gordon as a guy that can take care of himself, a guy that’s a real partner to Batman, not just a guy that turns on the bat signal and goes, ‘Help! Help, Batman!’”
The actor also mentioned that he hopes to continue playing the character in the DC Extended Universe after he’s done with this movie:
“It’s been a fun experience, and knock wood, if it continues, then I’ll hopefully get to play Commissioner Gordon in a handful of movies.”
Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons and Willem Dafoe, Zack Snyder’s Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017. Are you looking forward to seeing Simmons’ take on Commissioner Gordon?