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JLA Casts J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon

Justice League, which will be directed by Zack Snyder, sees heroes Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) teaming up to combat a threat beyond each member’s capabilities.

Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay for Justice League, which will be released in two parts by Warner Bros. It’s produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder.


Justice League: Part One will start shooting in mid-April. It’s slated for release on Nov 17, 2017 while Part Two will hit theaters on June 14, 2019. Warner Bros.’ next DC film will be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hits theaters on March 25.batman-vs-superman-01-170995

The DC Comics character Commissioner James Gordon has been played by a slew of actors over the years, including Lyle Talbot in the 1949 series Batman and Robin, Neil Hamilton in the TV series Batman in the 1960s, Pat Hingle in the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher Batman movie franchise, and most recently, by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight films. The character is an integral part of the Batman literary mythos and is the lead character in Gotham, Fox’s take on Gordon’s early days, where he is played by Ben McKenzie.

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Simmons has been very busy since winning the best supporting actor Oscar for Whiplash in 2015. He’s re-teaming with Damien Chazelle for his musical La La Land, and he voices a character in this past weekend’s big hit animated film Zootopia. He recently joined Mark Wahlberg in the Boston bombing film Patriots’ Day, and he’ll be seen in The Meddler with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne, which is due out in April. His other projects in post including The Accountant with Ben Affleck, Bastards with Owen Wilson and Ed Helms and The Snowman with Michael Fassbender. He’s repped by Gersh.

I think that is may be hard for some of the audience to separate Simmons from his iconic portrayal as JJJ.  What sets a good actor apart from the rest is their ability to create many distinct characters so we’ll wait to see how he plays the role.

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