'Justice League' Plucks J.K. Simmons From 'Spider-Man's World

'Justice League' Plucks J.K. Simmons From 'Spider-Man's World

Mar 07, 2016

Some actors just own roles so outright that they become the definitive big screen version of that character. Patrick Stewart is simply Professor-X. Sure, James McAvoy is his replacement now, but even then X-Men had to go alternate reality so the two could coexist. J.K. Simmons is simply J. Jonah Jameson, the rageaholic editor of the Daily Bugle in Spider-Man. He's so good in the role that fans have been begging Sony to keep him around for any future Spidey movies, including the new one that just cast Zendaya

Don't count on that happening, though. According to The Wrap, J.K. Simmons has just been hired to play another iconic comic character, only this time he's on the DC side of the fence. Zack Snyder has picked him to play Commissioner Gordon in Justice League.

The last time we saw a big screen Gordon he was played by Gary Oldman, but since the Nolan Dark Knight trilogy is entirely separate from the new DC cinematic universe (and the current TV show Gotham, which is all about Gordon's early days as a cop), the police commissioner inevitably needed to be recast. It's not too surprising that they've gone to an ex-Marvel actor for a role (after all, Batman is played by former Daredevil Ben Affleck), but Simmons is an interesting option. We're going to guess Snyder will be having Simmons playing less in the over-the-top J. Jonah Jameson mold and more in the cold, immovable authority mold that won him an Oscar in Whiplash.

Justic League: Part One hits theaters on November 17, 2017. Part Two hits on June 14, 2019.

 

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