Just last month, Zack Snyder added some serious star power to Justice League by casting J.K. Simmons as Commission James (Jim) Gordon in the DC Extended Universe. The actor is mostly known among comic book fans for his portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Rami Spider-Man trilogy, and the addition of Simmons to this universe builds even more hype for his all but confirmed appearance in Ben Affleck’s upcoming Batman film. While speaking with Collider, the actor spoke for the first time about playing this iconic character in Batman lore, and what he plans on doing to prepare for the role.
“Well, to read the comics, yes, absolutely. I’m still a couple of months out from doing that and I have two other films before then, so I haven’t gotten started on that. Obviously, a lot of really wonderful actors have played that character previously, and most of them i saw at the time the movies came out, never imagining that I would be doing the same thing. So, I can’t say that I don’t have some impression of the character in my head that’s based on and watching an I’m not planning on going back and watching any of the other films. I’m just planning on learning as much as I can about him through the comics and getting my feet wet in the first movie, and then hopefully continuing on from there.”
Like I mentioned earlier, J.K. Simmons is no stranger to playing a comic book character. The actor touched on the similarities of these two authoritative figures from the comics.
“There are easy comparisons to make. I wasn’t a big comic book reading kid, so I did a fair amount of reading when I was playing Jameson, who was very much the comic relief in those movies. Even in the comics, he was a blowhard who was all bark and very rarely bite. My understanding, from what I’ve learned so far about Commissioner Gordon, is that he’s the older guy with the mustache who relates with our hero in a certain way. Other than that, it’s a vastly different character and much more of a stronger, impactful character in the DC Universe.”
Jim Gordon has always been a staple in Batman comics. He’s one of his greatest allies and closest friend. From what we can assume right now is that he’ll have somewhat of a supporting role in Justice League, and then branch out into a possibly bigger role down the line, most likely the Batman standalone, or in a Suicide Squad sequel.
What do you think of the casting of J.K. Simmons as Gotham City’s Police Commissioner? Would you rather have him reprise his role as JJJ in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot? Let us know!