Justice League Director Shares First Look at J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon

Saturday, 17 September 2016 - 4:58PM
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Saturday, 17 September 2016 - 4:58PM
Justice League Director Shares First Look at J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon
Today is Batman Day, and that means at various locations all over the world, talent signings and events are taking place in honor of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City. Now that there's a new big screen Batman, however, that means fans might be able to look forward to some Dark Knight themed treats on Batman Day from those working on the character's cinematic adaptations as well. This year, those treats have seemingly come from Justice League director Zack Snyder, who has released the first ever photo of JK Simmons in costume as Commissioner Gordon.  

The shot is a classic, with Gordon patiently waiting by the Bat-Signal as he has so many times (and in so many adaptations) in the past. So while there's not a lot to observe of JK Simmons' look, it's obvious that the trademark mustache is there, and that this Gordon wears a hat and dresses formally for his job. It'll be nice when a closeup is revealed, but this photo undoubtedly serves the purpose of a quick Batman Day treat quite well.

By taking on the role of Commissioner Gordon, Simmons is joining a tradition that reaches back to over 75 years ago. From the very beginning, the head of the GCPD has been a part of the Batman mythos. In 1986, Frank Miller helped transform the Commissioner into a real physical threat and apt detective in the renowned graphic novel, Batman: Year One. Fast-forward to 2015, and Scott Snyder has taken the character to even greater heights by having him take on the role of Batman while Bruce Wayne was away from the cowl. He's been portrayed on screen by the likes of Neil Hamilton, Pat Hingle, and Gary Oldman, with Oldman playing what many now regard as the definitive version of the character.

Simmons has the chance to evolve the character even further in the DCEU, and he's been quoted widely about his hopes to explore the more "badass" nature of Jim Gordon. Hopefully, he and Ben Affleck will do for the cinematic character what Batman: Year One did for him in the comics by showing him as a true force to be reckoned with, an equal and partner to the Dark Knight himself.

Happy Batman Day!
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