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J.K. Simmons is your new Commissioner Gordon for Justice League

03.07.2016

So much for those far-fetched hopes that J.K. Simmons might return to whatever is going on with the future of Spider-Man to reprise his role from the Sam Raimi trilogy as Daily Bugle boss J. Jonah Jameson. Simmons is taking up residence in the streets of Gotham City for Warner Bros.' DC Cinematic Universe.

Simmons will be crossing paths with the DC superheroes for JUSTICE LEAGUE, taking on the role of Commissioner Gordon, last played on the big screen by Gary Oldman for Christopher Nolan's Bat-verse trilogy and currently done on the small screen by Ben McKenzie on GOTHAM in the character's pre-Commish days.

JUSTICE LEAGUE would appear to be Gordon's first foray into the expanding DC Cinematic Universe, so don't expect to see Simmons showing up at all in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, unless he's some late post-credits addition. But Warner Bros. is slowly starting to set the table and flesh their DCU out with each new film for the rapid expansion that is to come when each hero/heroine gets their own solo corner to live in.

There were a number of us still out there wishing that maybe Marvel would attempt to bring Simmons back for the next Spider-Man reboot, given how much fans embraced his performance in Raimi's films. However, that doesn't appear likely to happen at this point, and so good for Simmons taking up shop in another comic book universe where he can hopefully once again deliver a version of a well-known character that'll stick with us no matter what.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: PART ONE is scheduled for release on November 17, 2017.

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10:25AM on 03/08/2016
Forget anyone who says this is a bad choice! Simmons is a boss!
Forget anyone who says this is a bad choice! Simmons is a boss!
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9:25AM on 03/08/2016
great actor, love him though Kurt Russel would have been amazing. Also, I don't like the idea to have an actor who was part already of an other superhero cinematic workd jumping in a new one like that. Like there are only 5 actors out there, it's like those tv series actors, jumping from a series to an other.
great actor, love him though Kurt Russel would have been amazing. Also, I don't like the idea to have an actor who was part already of an other superhero cinematic workd jumping in a new one like that. Like there are only 5 actors out there, it's like those tv series actors, jumping from a series to an other.
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8:34AM on 03/08/2016
His J. Jonah Jameson was spot on, and a highlight of those Spider-Man films, but it's not like he can only do one character. Comparing what was essentially a comedy role to what he'd be doing as Gordon is fairly pointless. There's no reason Simmons couldn't play the role seriously and very effectively.
His J. Jonah Jameson was spot on, and a highlight of those Spider-Man films, but it's not like he can only do one character. Comparing what was essentially a comedy role to what he'd be doing as Gordon is fairly pointless. There's no reason Simmons couldn't play the role seriously and very effectively.
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8:02AM on 03/08/2016
Jk Simmons is a great actor. Does that mean he's right for this? Is he right for batman? Idk. I'm sure he will tone it down, but if he doesn't I don't think it'll be good. Kurt Russell was a good choice. We shall see
Jk Simmons is a great actor. Does that mean he's right for this? Is he right for batman? Idk. I'm sure he will tone it down, but if he doesn't I don't think it'll be good. Kurt Russell was a good choice. We shall see
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7:10AM on 03/08/2016

"I WANT BATMAN!"

Love this casting choice. JK Simmons is an amazing actor and I can't wait to see what he brings to the role of Comm. Gordon. This is awesome news!
Love this casting choice. JK Simmons is an amazing actor and I can't wait to see what he brings to the role of Comm. Gordon. This is awesome news!
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12:38AM on 03/08/2016

Very different casting. I'm down with it

He's a phenomenal actor. He was amazingly good on OZ. He killed it in Whiplash. If you don't think he can play James Gordon, your nuts.
He's a phenomenal actor. He was amazingly good on OZ. He killed it in Whiplash. If you don't think he can play James Gordon, your nuts.
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12:22AM on 03/08/2016

Not likeing this

Kurt Russell has always been my pick for Jim Gordon. I love J.K. Simmons but this is a terrible casting choice.
Kurt Russell has always been my pick for Jim Gordon. I love J.K. Simmons but this is a terrible casting choice.
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9:20PM on 03/07/2016
He plays a great asshole. He was a great J. Jonah Jameson, but Gordon? Lets see how good BvS turns out before giving away any good will to JL.
He plays a great asshole. He was a great J. Jonah Jameson, but Gordon? Lets see how good BvS turns out before giving away any good will to JL.
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8:45PM on 03/07/2016
Does anybody else just...not see it? I dunno, maybe it's just because I associate him so strongly with other roles, or that Gordon was played so well so recently by Oldman but, I just can't see him. I guess I want Gordon to be a little more morose, always fighting a losing battle to crime in gotham, and Simmons is kinda silly and animated. I'm sure he'll do fine and I'll change my tone in once I see him in character, but as of now I just can't see him as Gordon. I agree with the people saying
Does anybody else just...not see it? I dunno, maybe it's just because I associate him so strongly with other roles, or that Gordon was played so well so recently by Oldman but, I just can't see him. I guess I want Gordon to be a little more morose, always fighting a losing battle to crime in gotham, and Simmons is kinda silly and animated. I'm sure he'll do fine and I'll change my tone in once I see him in character, but as of now I just can't see him as Gordon. I agree with the people saying Bryan Cranston.
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11:27PM on 03/07/2016
I agree. I mean he will do a good job but I think it's kinda easy casting
I agree. I mean he will do a good job but I think it's kinda easy casting
8:28PM on 03/07/2016

i dig it

Commissioner J-J-James Gordon!
(anyone say that yet?)
Commissioner J-J-James Gordon!
(anyone say that yet?)
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6:36PM on 03/07/2016
Look far be it from me to bitch about J.K. Fucking Simmons taking on this role. I guess my biggest issue is there are other actors I could see doing it far more than him and there are other comic book characters I could go for him playing. I also don't see why he couldn't still do Spiderman. Oldman killed as Gordon and the only actor I could see being as perfect as him is Bryan Cranston, maybe William Hurt of someone similar.
Sidebar they actually did a great job casting him in Gotham.
Look far be it from me to bitch about J.K. Fucking Simmons taking on this role. I guess my biggest issue is there are other actors I could see doing it far more than him and there are other comic book characters I could go for him playing. I also don't see why he couldn't still do Spiderman. Oldman killed as Gordon and the only actor I could see being as perfect as him is Bryan Cranston, maybe William Hurt of someone similar.
Sidebar they actually did a great job casting him in Gotham. Michael Chiklis as well (I could go for him being Bullock or Dan Turpin in the movies).
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6:15PM on 03/07/2016
I really loved Oldman's portrayal in Nolan's films, and he left some big shoes to fill. However, if anyone could do it, JK Simmons can.
I really loved Oldman's portrayal in Nolan's films, and he left some big shoes to fill. However, if anyone could do it, JK Simmons can.
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5:54PM on 03/07/2016
Awesome fucking choice
Awesome fucking choice
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5:53PM on 03/07/2016
Another solid casting choice by DC (in terms of Batman's universe). Can't wait to see Affleck, Irons, and Simmons all in the first solo Batman film interacting with one another.

The guy is a great actor and should be absolutely terrific in it. Still wish Cranston was considered since he was my top choice for the role and considering he voiced in the animated film along working with Affleck on Argo.
Another solid casting choice by DC (in terms of Batman's universe). Can't wait to see Affleck, Irons, and Simmons all in the first solo Batman film interacting with one another.

The guy is a great actor and should be absolutely terrific in it. Still wish Cranston was considered since he was my top choice for the role and considering he voiced in the animated film along working with Affleck on Argo.
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5:52PM on 03/07/2016
I hope he has a Lieutenant named Parker so that we get to hear him scream the name again.
I hope he has a Lieutenant named Parker so that we get to hear him scream the name again.
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5:42PM on 03/07/2016
I like the guy, I know he has depth, but I just don't see him in that role. But then again, what do I know?
I like the guy, I know he has depth, but I just don't see him in that role. But then again, what do I know?
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5:32PM on 03/07/2016
Yes, it's a shame he won't be able to be JJJ again...playing the hugely entertaining sourpuss in the comedic way he did but unless things changed from the version I was used to, there's plenty of room for a new actor to give us the more serious sourpuss JJJ. As for his new role, his JJJ left such a mark on me, I'm not sure I can envision him playing Gordon. The only other thing I remember watching him in...was Juno.
Yes, it's a shame he won't be able to be JJJ again...playing the hugely entertaining sourpuss in the comedic way he did but unless things changed from the version I was used to, there's plenty of room for a new actor to give us the more serious sourpuss JJJ. As for his new role, his JJJ left such a mark on me, I'm not sure I can envision him playing Gordon. The only other thing I remember watching him in...was Juno.
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4:52PM on 03/07/2016

Great casting

I was a little worried that Gordon wouldn't be in the DCCU given rumors that he died at some point during Batman's career. It should be interesting to see if Gordon is bitter towards Batman for Barbara getting paralyzed.
I was a little worried that Gordon wouldn't be in the DCCU given rumors that he died at some point during Batman's career. It should be interesting to see if Gordon is bitter towards Batman for Barbara getting paralyzed.
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4:40PM on 03/07/2016
Unexpected but great choice!
Unexpected but great choice!
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4:13PM on 03/07/2016
so we can put to bed those rumors that gordon had passed away. cool casting I love me some Simmons, was the shit in whiplash
so we can put to bed those rumors that gordon had passed away. cool casting I love me some Simmons, was the shit in whiplash
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3:59PM on 03/07/2016

So, I take it Gordon's not gonna appear in BvS

Im a JK Simmons fan so Im totally fine with this choice. The man has range and should compliment Affleck nicely.
Im a JK Simmons fan so Im totally fine with this choice. The man has range and should compliment Affleck nicely.
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3:46PM on 03/07/2016
Sorry he won't be playing JJJ in a future Spider-Man film but yeah he'll be good as Gordon too.
Got to have him squash a spider in an early scene just as an Easter Egg for fans.
Sorry he won't be playing JJJ in a future Spider-Man film but yeah he'll be good as Gordon too.
Got to have him squash a spider in an early scene just as an Easter Egg for fans.
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3:32PM on 03/07/2016
Love this guy as an actor. Fell in love with him on Oz. Not a Spiderman guy but he WAS J. Jonah Jameson. This superises me but I am very interested in seeing what he brings. It's kinda redundant at this point to mention his name but I would love to see Brian Cranston in this roll. Interesting casting.
Love this guy as an actor. Fell in love with him on Oz. Not a Spiderman guy but he WAS J. Jonah Jameson. This superises me but I am very interested in seeing what he brings. It's kinda redundant at this point to mention his name but I would love to see Brian Cranston in this roll. Interesting casting.
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3:31PM on 03/07/2016

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Great casting. JK will knock it out of the park. Solid choice.
Great casting. JK will knock it out of the park. Solid choice.
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