To say that the big unveiling of the DC Extended Universe got off to a rocky start with the release of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice would be an understatement. While the film does have its fans and defenders, the consensus seems to be that it was a bit of a disappointment and that Zack Snyder might not of been the best guy to help DC and Warner Bros. launch their new cinematic universe.
That being said, the show must go on and there are big plans for DC properties in the future, which still seem to be full steam ahead even with that big bump in the road. Fans have been pouring over information about the upcoming Suicide Squad film that is due out in August, but the big one is Justice League: Part One, due out in 2017 and once again features Zack Snyder in the director’s chair.
Actor J.K. Simmons is no stranger to the realm of comic books, appearing in the original Spider-Man films featuring Simmons as newspaper grump J. Jonah Jameson, much to the delight of fans. Now that it’s been confirmed that he’s jumped over to DC and will be assuming the role of Commissioner Gordon, the anticipation is starting to build for it. Collider spoke with J.K. Simmons about the role and if he plans to tackle it like previous actors have, to which seemed unconcerned with anyone’s expectations other than his own.
“There are easy comparisons to make. I wasn’t a big comic book reading kid, so I did a fair amount of reading when I was playing Jameson, who was very much the comic relief in those movies. Even in the comics, he was a blowhard who was all bark and very rarely bite. My understanding, from what I’ve learned so far about Commissioner Gordon, is that he’s the older guy with the mustache who relates with our hero in a certain way. Other than that, it’s a vastly different character and much more of a stronger, impactful character in the DC universe.”
So while diehard fans might be biting their nails over what could go wrong next, they should rest easy knowing that Simmons plans on bringing his own talents and experience into this role with him. That’s a good thing.