J.K. Simmons will be bringing some class and gravitas to Warner Bros’ DC Extended Universe of films, having signed on to play Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon in the studio’s upcoming Justice League films, Deadline has confirmed. It’s the second classic comic book authority figure role for the Oscar winner, who played Daily Bugle Editor in Chief J. Jonah Jameson in Sony’s Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man trilogy a decade ago.
Created by Bill Finger (though the credit went solely to Batman co-creator Bob Kane), Commissioner Gordon has been a staple of the Batman family of comics since May 1939 and was the first of Batman’s supporting characters (Robin was created in 1940). The character most recently was played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. In every incarnation, he’s a steadfast ally to Batman, often secretly and sometimes openly.
Man of Steel and Batman v Superman helmer Zach Snyder is directing Justice League, which will bring DC’s heroes Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) together to defeat a threat none of them can face alone. The story will be told in two films — Justice League Part One, due in 2017, and Justice League Part Two coming in 2019– with Chris Terrio writing the script and Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven producing.
Simmons lends his voice to Disney’s Zootopia, and next will be seen in The Meddler with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne. He’s repped by Gersh.
Variety reported the Gordon story first.