There's a new Commissioner Gordon in town ... and he's looking a bit like a superhero himself.
Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons is playing the role of Commissioner Jim Gordon in director Zack Snyder's upcoming Justice League, and it certainly appears that his take on the character is somewhat different from Gary Oldman's excellent portrayal of Batman's staunch and morally upright ally in the Dark Knight trilogy (not to mention Ben McKenzie's younger, more compromised version on Gotham).
With his work on the film scheduled to begin this month, the 61-year-old Simmons has embarked on a workout regimen that is getting him in shape enough that he could arguably fight alongside the members of the League themselves. Working with celebrity fitness trainer (and former U.S. Marine) Aaron Williamson, who posted several photos of the actor on Instagram, Simmons is getting positively ripped for the role.
Although Oldman got into the action in his three turns as Gordon, the Commissioner has not always looked or acted like a man who could inflict real damage on a supervillain. In his other previous superhero movie stint, as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, Simmons was almost entirely desk-bound. We don't know what Snyder has in store for him in Justice League, but it seems as if he's preparing for real battle.
Aside from his newfound physical prowess, Simmons is a world-class character actor, and his appearance in Justice League (and, we assume, future DC movies) is more than welcome. What do you think of Simmons' buffed-up look for the film?