Now it has been confirmed that the DC Extended Universe has J.K. Simmons to throw into the superhero melting pot, it must be tempting to showcase his outstanding talent as much as possible, what with his ability to whip others into shape.
However, the Oscar winning actor — who will grow the facial fuzz and don the spectacles for his portrayal of legendary cop Commissioner Gordon — will keep us waiting a while longer before he gets to fully strut his stuff.
'I'm Excited To Be Playing That Iconic Character'
Simmons is set to make his debut in Justice League Part One, but as highly anticipated his portrayal is, we'll just have to keep a little patient as the 61-year-old actor confirmed he only has a small role Snyder's flick. In an interview with DP/30, he said:
"I don't get started on that until June, and my part in the first one is very small. I'm excited to be playing that iconic character in that iconic series."
However, don't be too downbeat just yet. The crème de la crème of DC's creations are all cramming into one feature; we can't just have our Justice League cake, eat it, and get an extra serving, can we?
In For The Long Haul
We can, however, wait a little while before getting more of the good stuff. Simmons confirmed that he'll likely be heavily involved in future instalments, considering his calibre, and the character of Gordon, this is welcome news. He added:
"I'm going into a thing that hopefully will be 2, 3, 4, maybe more movies for me, and my part in the first one is really very small. But obviously, we know who the guy is. We know his whole backstory, based on the comic book.
"So, I'm just gonna finish doing my research on that. And probably not watch the other actors who have played the part, because that is kind of intimidating, honestly, and I don't think I would find that to be productive. So, I'll do my take."
Assumedly, the additional movies will include Justice League Part Two and a solo Batman movie, possibly directed by Ben Affleck. The latter in which Gordon is sure to have an integral role.
J.K. Will Read Up On Gordon
As Simmons mentions, he won't be studying the likes of Gary Oldman and Pat Hingle, who have portrayed Gotham City's crime fighting policeman. He previously stated he'd be delving into the comic book world to gain insight into James Gordon's psyche. In the interview with Collider, he said:
"I’m just planning on learning as much as I can about him through the comics and getting my feet wet in the first movie, and then hopefully continuing on from there."
The fruits of Simmons comic book labor will be on display in Zack Snyder's Justice League Part One, scheduled for release next year. He'll be joining the ranks with Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and pals.
You can watch the full DP/30 interview clip below:
Justice League Part One is released on 17th November 2017.
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Via: Comic Book