The Hollywood Reporter has let loose the surprising information that J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) will be playing Commissioner Jim Gordon in Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Part One. The character was most recently brought to life on the big screen by Pat Hingle and Gary Oldman. Production on the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice follow-up is expected to begin next month, ahead of its November 17th, 2017 release. Simmons is the first of many casting announcements expected to be made for the film.
This nugget of information comes as a two-fold shock. For one, it was hinted at early on last year that in the world of BVS, Batman has been operating in Gotham City for well over a decade and in that time, Gordon had died. Clearly that is no longer the case, as I severely doubt time in the Justice League films will be allotted to Commissioner Gordon flashbacks.
As for the second, it’s simply Simmons himself. While I never sat around holding out hope that Marvel would bring the actor back to play Spider-Man Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson, many fans did. Furthermore, Simmons himself kept that particular fire stoked regularly, which is all the more reason that this announcement blindsided many. That said, Simmons is a fine actor and a welcome addition to these films.
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