Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is at the doorstep of every theater, ready for release in the next few weeks. The film is primed to jumpstart the DC Comics Expanded Universe, culminating in the assembly of the world’s finest heroes: Justice League. Today, a major coup was announced in the form of Oscar winning actor J.K. Simmons joining the film as one of Batman’s trusted allies, Commissioner Gordon.
The DC Comics character Commissioner James Gordon has been played by a slew of actors over the years, including Lyle Talbot in the 1949 series Batman and Robin, Neil Hamilton in the TV series Batman in the 1960s, Pat Hingle in the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher Batman movie franchise, and most recently, by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight films
J.K. Simmons won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in one of my many personal favorites Whiplash in 2015. Like Oscar winner Ben Affleck, Simmons is an actor who made his mark under the Marvel film franchise banner. Like many, I believe his most memorable film role was his role as The Daily Bugle newspaper tycoon/President of the anti-Spider-Man fan club J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. All the same, I find this an exciting grab for Zack Snyder for Simmons is a terrific actor and I think he can bring the ideal demeanor for the grizzled leading officer for Gotham City’s finest. Justice League arrives in theaters on November 17, 2017 (Part One) & June 14, 2019 (Part Two). Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters on March 25, 2015.