We were introduced to J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon in Justice League, and everyone was expecting him to have a bigger role in the solo Batman movie. As it turns out, The Batman may still be far from getting made as Simmons admits he hasn’t met with director Matt Reeves at all.
Speaking to Collider, Simmons explains:
“Assuming that we’re gonna go forward, the way we think it will, I’m really looking forward to that. Hopefully, it will be really fun and the character will expand a little bit, particularly in the stand-alone Batman movie. There will be more to do. I guess it’s Matt Reeves now for that one, who I haven’t met. So, it will be a whole new collaborator to get together and work with, hopefully.”
Though his appearance was kind of hyped prior to the release of Justice League, Simmons’ role could be considered more of a cameo. With the way Gordon’s story is more connected to Batman, the chances are higher that he’ll appear in the solo movie; then again, there’s also the case of the Batgirl film—which the news has been really quiet about.
I have no doubts about Simmons playing the character, but it’s just a matter of utilizing him well. He was great as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, but that’s because they knew how to use the character. Hopefully, The Batman will know how to use Jim Gordon.
No release date has been announced for The Batman.
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