As Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice took shape and director Zack Snyder built his supporting cast for both Gotham City and Metropolis, one thing became clear: Though we were getting Alfred and perhaps some other key characters from the Batman team, Commissioner James Gordon didn't seem to be in the picture. I found this puzzling, as he's such a great foil for The Dark Knight, but it's already a crowded movie, and I thought perhaps Gordon would be explained away as having been retired or even killed by the time the events of the film started.
Well, apparently Gordon's alive and well, and he'll be joining Batman and Warner Bros.' other heroes in the Dawn of Justice followup, Justice League.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has been cast in the role. At this point, it's hard to tell how much screentime he'll end up having in the flick (I can't imagine it'll be all that much, since this movie is packed with characters already), but for comic-book movie fans and just plain movie fans alike, this is a very exciting choice.
One of the most celebrated character actors of his generation thanks to roles in Juno, Oz and more, Simmons is best known to us superhero lovers for playing (brilliantly) J. Jonah Jameson in all three of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films. He's been working steadily for ages, but his career has really blown up in the past year thanks to his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Whiplash. Since then, he's landed a role in Kong: Skull Island, high-profile voiceover work in Kung Fu Panda 3 and Zootopia, and more. Now he's returning to the superhero world, where he'll lend an authority to the Gordon role that'll definitely be welcome in Gotham City.
Snyder begins filming on Justice League: Part One next month for a Nov. 17, 2017, release. What do you think of the choice of Simmons' for the Gordon role?