J.K. Simmons on playing Commissioner Gordon in Justice League
With superhero movies being as big as they are, the number of actors who have appeared in both Marvel and DC films will only continue to grow. One of the more recent examples is Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons, who played J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, as he will be appearing as Commissioner Gordon in Warner Bros.‘ upcoming Justice League. How big is his role in the film though? Simmons reveals it in an interview with DP/30.
“Honestly, I don’t get started on that until June, and my part in the first one is very small. I’m excited to be playing that iconic character in that iconic series; I was trying to think of a different adjective but they’re both iconic. That’s a couple of movies down the road still, I’m focused on what I’m doing now and then another one, and then I’ll worry about how I can honor that character and that franchise.”
Simmons went on to talk about how he secured the role, and how many films he might appear in down the road in the DCEU.
“With these big superhero movies everybody is so tight lipped about everything, there’s a certain amount of just going on faith. They asked me to come in and meet with Zack Snyder and we had a great meeting. I’m a big fan of what he’s done and we hit it off and he asked me to do the guy. Really, I’m going into a thing that hopefully will be two, three, four… maybe more movies for me, and my part in the first one is really very small, but obviously we know who the guy is. We know his whole backstory, based on the comic book. So, I’m just gonna finish doing my research on that, and probably not watch the other actors who have played the part, because that is just kind of intimidating honestly and I don’t think I would find that to be productive. So I’ll just do my take.”
Production is already underway for Justice League in London. Simmons joins Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot as the DC Trinity, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in the film, with Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as The Flash. Amber Heard is set to play Queen Mera in the film as well before moving to the solo Aquaman movie in 2018, and Willem Dafoe is appearing in a mystery role.
Justice League will debut in theaters on November 10, 2017.
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