The other day, we reported that a petition had been filed for J. K. Simmons to return in the role of J. Jonah Jameson in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot (no, not that reboot. The NEW, new reboot.) It looks like we won’t be getting our wish – but we might be getting something much, much better instead.
Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter announced that J. K. Simmons had signed on for the upcoming Justice League movie from Warner Brothers, in the equally iconic role of Batman’s law-enforcement buddy, Commissioner James Gordon.
The last time we saw Jim onscreen, he was played very capably by Gary Oldman – but just like Batfleck is a slightly more ‘epic’ Batman than Christian Bale was, I think J.K. Simmons is a perfectly overblown choice for the gruff, tough-talking police commissioner. I’m sure he’ll own the role – like he does every role he’s in.
As far as where that leaves the Marvel universe, I’m not sure. My fellow Echoba.se’ers have suggested that there will probably be some kind of contract going which will prohibit Simmons from taking back the helm of the Daily Bugle as well as the Gotham City Police Department. But only time will tell.
What do you make of this news? Would you prefer Simmons in the role he made his own, in Spider-Man? Or are you excited to see him don the moustache and trenchcoat and start hangin’ with the Batfleck?