J.K. Simmons Discusses His Role in Justice League

Thursday, 08 September 2016 - 12:58PM
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Justice League
Thursday, 08 September 2016 - 12:58PM
J.K. Simmons Discusses His Role in Justice League
J.K. Simmons has had quite an exciting career, working on films of all genres and scope. He's also beloved by the comics crowd for his hilarious performance as J. Jonah Jameson in the Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, a role that many fans looked to as proof of his talent when the news hit that he would be jumping ship for the DCEU as the latest incarnation of the popular Batman character, Commissioner James Gordon. 
 
Recently, Simmons had the chance to sit down with ET and talk about a few of the recent films he's been working on. Though the bulk of what they discussed pertained to an indie film that was just released called The Meddler, they also chatted for a bit about Simmons role as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League. What he said should be pretty exciting news for DC fans: 

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And you're moving back into your own superhero world with Justice League — how is filming going? 
 
My part is done. They are filming that for basically most of 2016, so some of the superheroes are still at work in jolly old London, but I'm back home with my family.
 
Playing Commissioner Gordon, I assume that most of your scenes are with Ben Affleck's Batman? But did you get to play around with anyone else on the team?

Yeah, mostly with Ben. In this first installment of the Justice League, Commissioner Gordon is not a particularly sizable part. We just kind of introduce him and see a little bit of his interactions with Batman — and with most of the Justice League. That was a really fun set. Zack [Snyder] runs sort of a big, happy family and it's obviously, in many ways, a very different work environment when you're working on a big, giant movie like that than a relatively small movie like The Meddler. But at the end of the day, the director is the one who sets the tone. And one of the things that Zack and Lorene have in common is they're just nice, smart, competent, fun people that you don't mind spending a 12-hour day with.
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It's not surprising to hear that Simmons is already finished filming for the role, nor that his part in the film didn't happen to be particularly large. From the looks of it, it seems that DC plans on using Simmons in Justice League the same way they used Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad. However, it's still really exciting to hear that there will apparently be scenes of the Commissioner meeting the team.

Descriptions of this particular scene were actually offered by a number of the news outlets who were invited on the set of Justice League earlier this year. Apparently, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash will be on the rooftop of the GCPD with Gordon discussing missing scientists when Cyborg joins them to announce the head of STAR Labs is missing as well. The team disappears soon after, and Gordon turns around to find only the Flash standing there, who then asks him "Do they just do that?"

From the sounds of it, Justice League is going to be a lot of fun, and the cast and crew seem to be having fun shooting it as well. Though Zack Snyder is undoubtedly one of the most divisive directors in the comic book movie industry, Justice League could really be his chance to leave a definitive mark on the genre above and beyond what he already has. With such a strong cast and with rockstar comic writers like Geoff Johns lending their creative talent to the project, Snyder has a real chance to make something more grandiose and spectacular than anything he's directed so far.

Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
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