Considering the fact that Batman V Superman isn’t even out yet, we’re surprised that we’re getting this news so early, but another important supporting player in the DC Cinematic Universe has been cast. Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, none other than JK Simmons will play Commissioner James Gordon in the two Justice League movies. Clearly someone was watching him as J Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
As well as giving us a pretty hefty clue as to where a lot of the action will be set (it seems we’ll be heading back to Gotham at some point), it also fuels the likelihood that we will be seeing another solo Batman movie sooner or later – an in actuality it tells us quite a bit about what a solo Batman movie would be like. Since the major players like Gordon, the Joker (in Suicide Squad) and Bruce Wayne himself are already being introduced prior, it would seem that this Dark Knight film will dispense with the usual origin tales that we’ve come to expect.
Anyway, we digress. As excellent a choice as JK Simmons is (having deservedly won an Oscar for his role in Whiplash), it does indicate that DC are going for a slightly more comedic route – looking more at Pat Hingle’s version in the first four Batman movies than Gary Oldman’s incarnation in the Dark Knight trilogy. Regardless, if DC keeps up this level of quality among its cast members than we’re excited.
Simmons joins a cast that already includes Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher, with many more expected to be announced. The screenplay is being written by Chris Terrio, and Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are on directing duties alongside Zack Snyder.
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