After a successful stint as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy and winning an Oscar for his role in 2014’s Whiplash, J.K. Simmons has the enviable position of getting to take roles he wants to take. Experiencing success in both blockbusters and small independent projects, Simmons’ upcoming filmography makes perfect sense. So while he will be appearing in The Accountant and La La Land this Fall, all eyes are on his role as Commissioner Gordon in 2017’s Justice League.
“My part is done. They are filming that for basically most of 2016, so some of the superheroes are still at work in jolly old London, but I’m back home with my family.”
When asked who Gordon would be interacting with, Simmons took the opportunity to praise director Zack Snyder while also giving some details to his scenes:
“Yeah, mostly with Ben. In this first installment of the Justice League, Commissioner Gordon is not a particularly sizable part. We just kind of introduce him and see a little bit of his interactions with Batman — and with most of the Justice League. That was a really fun set. Zack [Snyder] runs sort of a big, happy family and it’s obviously, in many ways, a very different work environment when you’re working on a big, giant movie like that than a relatively small movie like The Meddler.”
Here is where things get a little interesting. When it was announced Simmons would be Gordon, it was somewhat expected that the role would be pretty small. This is a film that is continuing the story of Batman and Wonder Woman, while introducing Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman (not to mention picking Superman’s dramatic narrative from the end of Batman v Superman), there really isn’t going to be too much time for other characters or DC Extended Universe world building. With that in mind, it is exciting to see that Gordon will be coming in contact with some other members of the Justice League.
Justice League a Family Affair?
It is hopeful to hear that Snyder’s Justice League set is operating like a happy family (as oppose to the post-funeral meal that was Batman v Superman). The more this film works as a full ensemble piece the better. There are some great personalities in the cast, and the Comic-Con sizzle reel showed that they are going for a different tone than past DC efforts, one can hope that Simmons charisma only adds to the final product.
Justice League is scheduled for release on November 17, 2017.