We’re still a few weeks away from knowing whether the Justice League movie will be a hit, but it sounds like Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are preparing for such a success, just in case.
In a quote from December's issue of Total Film Magazine, actor J.K. Simmons, who plays Commissioner Gordon, gives a very interesting response to a question about his current state of buffness, which is apparently quite jacked:
“Well, Commissioner Gordon wears a trench coat in every scene, so I don’t know that the ‘pumped up’ part is going to be all that evident, especially when you’re standing next to Batman! But this is the first Justice League movie – we hope – of a few. They’re working on scripts for The Batman and for the next Justice League movie. It introduces my incarnation of Commissioner Gordon. I don’t have a lot to do. I feel like I just dipped my toe in the water of who Commissioner Gordon will be.”
We already knew that a page-one rewrite was in the works for The Batman, after Ben Affleck stepped down as the director, and Matt Reeves took over and confirmed they were tossing the original script from Affleck and DC’s CCO Geoff Johns. And apparently it’s still in the works.
However, this is the first we’ve heard of a Justice League 2 script in development. Although with the momentum of Wonder Woman lassoing the Justice League into theaters, and Joss Whedon’s reshoots helping to lighten the DCEU, the film is understandably tracking well — so developing a sequel now just makes sense.
Alas, it doesn’t look like we should expect to see too much of J.K. in JL, at least not in this first one. Which is understandable, considering the many gifted actors who all need screen time. Still, that’s a bit of a bummer, judging from pretty much everything Simmons has ever done, particularly his previous comic book movie turn as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, and his Oscar-winning Whiplash performance. He’s sure to shine in whatever screen time he gets, but here’s hoping he can stretch (and flex) his acting muscles a little more in The Batman and Justice League 2.
(Via Bleeding Cool)