The Justice League movie is a film that carries a lot of potential. It has enough time to get what Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice got wrong, right and has the opportunity to lead into a new set of films with a stellar cast. Adams, Batfleck, Cavill, Gadot, Miller and Momoa all return from BvsS with one huge addition. J.K. Simmons was added to the cast in early March to play Commissioner Gordon alongside Affleck’s Batman. Simmons is a huge signing for any film, let alone one that has the stature and potential of The Justice League. Best known for playing ever-so slightly heavy handed jazz instructor, Fletcher, in 2014’s massive success Whiplash Simmons has shown he has much more in his locker than a surly editor of a Spider obsessed newspaper. Recently a bearded J.K. sat down with DP/30 to talk about his future as Commissioner Gordon in The Justice League.
Now, Commissioner Gordon has always played a pivotal role in Bruce Wayne’s crusade to clean up Gotham but it seems that Simmons’ portrayal will start off a little more understated than we are used to. When asked about how big his role is going to be, Simmons said:
“Honestly, I don’t get started on that until June, and my part in the first one is very small.”
He does go on however, to state that hs role becomes iconic further down the line in a couple of movies time, This is a promising sentiment as anything with J.K. Simmons in is worth a watch but when he wants to honour both the character and the franchise it just adds to the promise of an incredible turnout. After a “great meeting” with director Zack Snyder and he contemplated his upcoming role within the DCEU
“I’m a big fan of what [Zack’s] done and we hit it off and he asked me to do the guy. Really, I’m going into a thing that hopefully will be two, three, four… maybe more movies for me, and my part in the first one is really very small, but obviously we know who the guy is.”
Simmons is an ideal casting after Gary Oldman’s seminal performance as Gordon in the Nolan trilogy. Justice League has already began production ready for release in 2017. Simmons has obviously discussed at what length he is sticking around as the Commissioner of GCPD but even one inclusion would be a welcome casting!