One of the best things about Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy was JK Simmons as tyrannical/comical newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson. Now, the Oscar-winning actor will be going back to the superhero genre, but not for Marvel.
The Hollywood Reporter today broke the news that Simmons has signed on to appear in the DC Comics adaptation “Justice League: Part One”. And he is playing another iconic supporting character in Commissioner James Gordon, one of Batman’s staunchest allies. This isn’t Simmons’ first foray into DC territory though, as he also lent his voice to a number of characters in the animated “Justice League” series, as well as “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”.
Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Gordon in Nolan’ “The Dark Knight” trilogy was pretty good, but I’m confident Simmons will nail this one too. The guy can switch effortlessly between comedy and drama, so no matter how this version of Gordon is played (hint: it won’t be comedic), I suspect he will be a fan-favourite.
“Justice League: Part One” is directed by Zack Snyder, and also stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman respectively, with Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Ezra Miller as The Flash, and Amber Heard as Aquaman’s wife Queen Mera. Filming will begin this April in London and Iceland. It premieres 10th November 2017.