Zack Snyder‘s Justice League has found its Police Commissioner Gordon in Oscar winner J.K. Simmons. Having already played J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man movies, this screenplay (written by Chris Terrio) shouldn’t feel like unfamiliar territory. Produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, Warner Bros. plans to release the film in two parts, with Justice League: Part One starting to shoot mid-April. After the former’s slated November 17, 2017 release, Part Two will arrive in theaters June 14, 2019.Back to the film at hand. Justice League presents a slew of heavy hitting heroes: Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), joining forces in a fight that would prove insurmountable if attempted on their own.
Commissioner Gordon is almost as iconic as the superheroes he’ll be sharing the screen with, and has always been a fixed figure in Batman lore. The DC Comics cop has been portrayed on both the big and small screens since as early as 1949: by Lyle Talbot for the Batman and Robin series. Neil Hamilton took up the role in the 1960’s for the Batman TV series, and Pat Hingle brought Gordon to life in Tim Burton and Joel Schumachers’ Batman movie franchise. We’ve seen him portrayed most recently by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight films, and Ben McKenzie can be seen as a younger version of the commissioner as the lead character in Fox’s Gotham.
Losing no steam since his 2015 Oscar win for best supporting actor in Whiplash, Simmons has gone on to a whole host of new projects. He has lended his voice to the latest animated hit Zootopia, as well as joining up with Damien Chazelle for his La La Land musical. Film wise, he signed on with Mark Wahlberg for Patriots’ Day, a film about the Boston bombing, and he’ll be appearing in The Meddler; due out in April and co-starring Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne. Other projects the Gersh repped actor has coming our way are The Accountant with Ben Affleck, Bastards with Owen Wilson and Ed Helms, and The Snowman with Michael Fassbender.