Batman v Superman was packed. Its focus on Batman and Superman seemed uneven, and while Wonder Woman stole the show, she wasn’t given too much to work with. Add in guest appearances by Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg, and the film, even though chock-full of teases and clever hints, lost focus at times. Audiences can only hope the same fate won’t befall the highly-anticipated Justice League: Part One, since the Dawn of Justice JL members will be looking to recruit the other aforementioned meta-humans. With the casting of J.K. Simmons, fans are left wondering how much his Commissioner Gordon will factor into the ensemble cast.
“I don’t get started on that until June, and my part in the first one is very small,” Simmons revealed to DP/30. “I’m excited to be playing that iconic character in that iconic series.” When asked about why he took the role, in comparison to some of the other films he’s done, the Oscar-winner explained that it’s something he finds compelling.
“It’s just full of possibility, and it’s iconic, again, I love going back and forth from little indies or medium sized indies and doing big giant movies too as long as it’s material that I find compelling. You know with that, of course, these big superhero movies that everybody’s so tight-lipped about everything that there’s a certain amount of just kind of going on faith.
They asked me to come in and meet with Zack Snyder and we had a great meeting, and I’m a big fan of what he’s done,” he continued. “I’m going into a thing that hopefully will be 2, 3, 4, maybe more movies for me, and my part in the first one is really very small. But obviously, we know who the guy is. We know his whole backstory, based on the comic book. So, I’m just gonna finish doing my research on that. And probably not watch the other actors who have played the part, because that is kind of intimidating, honestly, and I don’t think I would find that to be productive. So, I’ll do my take.”
As expected, it sounds like Jim Gordon won’t have that large of a role in his first DCEU outing. How much of an active part he will play is definitely up for speculation. Will his involvement be akin to Laurence Fishburne’s Percy White, or will he be given a bit more to do? The wait to find out is going to be a long one; Justice League: Part One hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
Simmons’ comments on Commissioner Gordon begin at the three-minute mark.