Comic movie aficionados may always connect J.K. Simmons with his spot-on turn as newsman J. Jonah Jameson in Sami Rami’s Spider-Man series. Come 2017, however, they’ll have to get used to the Oscar winner playing another critical superhero side character. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simmons has been cast as Commissioner James “Jim” Gordon in DC Entertainment/Warner Bros.’s forthcoming Justice League – Part 1.
The casting news comes just weeks after WB confirmed that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder is on board to helm the super team-up. Simmons will play the police foil to Ben Affleck’s Batman alongside a cast that includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. Recent reports indicate that the seventh Justice Leaguer, the still un-cast Green Lantern, may not appear until the second half of the two-part Justice League, if not later.
Commissioner Gordon was most recently portrayed by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Simmons’ deal no doubt stretches over multiple pictures including both Justice League films as well as the rumored Batman solo spin-off, which Affleck himself may direct.
Justice League – Part 1 is expected to begin production on April 11th with an eye on a November 16th, 2017 release date. Part 2 is currently schedule for June 14th, 2019. There’s no date or even official announcement for the standalone Batman movie, though Batman v Superman hits theaters on March 25th.