Zack Snyder's Justice League introduced a lot of things we'll probably never get to see again. After the crossover movie's failure with critics and at the box office, the DCEU is in flux once again, its future unknown, except for Aquaman, Wonder Woman 1984, Birds of Prey, and yes, maybe (just maybe!) Flashpoint and The Batman.
An element of Justice League robbed of precious screen time was J.K. Simmons' Commisioner Gordon. You don't just cast an Oscar winner (and a Marvel alum to boot!) in an iconic role and then barely give him anything to do. It's a crying shame and utter waste of talent, says we. To add insult to injury, Simmons isn't sure if he'll ever be tapped to reprise the morally bound Gotham City police commissioner, who enjoys nighttime rooftop chats with Ben Affleck's Caped Crusader.
"There are conversations going on, that I’m not going to make public," the Counterpart actor told Collider. "As far as I know, there’s no opportunity, in the immediate future, for me to do more Commissioner Gordon, but I continue to be optimistic that it will happen again."
Despite voicing his optimism, this latest statement from Simmons is actually less reassuring than the one he provided Collider with back in February. During that interview, he was much more confident that he would be reprising the part, which would be much meatier, under the direction of Matt Reeves.
"Assuming that we’re gonna go forward, the way we think it will, I’m really looking forward to that," he said. "Hopefully, it will be really fun and the character will expand a little bit, particularly in the stand-alone Batman movie. There will be more to do. I guess it’s Matt Reeves now for that one, who I haven’t met. So it will be a whole new collaborator to get together and work with, hopefully."
The differing statements seem to throw Reeves' The Batman entirely into question, as you can't really have a standalone Batman movie without Commissioner Gordon. In September, it was reported that a first draft for the movie had been completed, just two days after Henry Cavill (Superman) announced his departure from the DCEU. Who knows what could have happened, the studio decisions made, in the weeks since?
It all does sort of hinge on whether Affleck decides to return as Bruce Wayne, but rumors have been swirling that, like Cavill, he's finished with the DCEU. Guess we'll just have to wait and see, although we'd be happy to see J.K. Simmons take up the post of Gotham's police commissioner any time, so long as he's still interested.