While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn't feature an appearance from Commissioner Gordon, the iconic DC Comics character will be making his DCEU introduction in Justice League. And it sounds like Warner Bros. has found the perfect actor to bring him back to life on the big screen. Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has been cast as Gotham City's most trusted policeman, and he will be appearing alongside Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder is returning to direct Justice League Part 1. The movie will team Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman with a group of international superheroes that include Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. They will join together to fight a threat to the world that is bigger than all of them combined. It isn't yet known how Commissioner Gordon will factor into the story, or if he plays a role in getting the Justice League off the ground as an actual team.
The movie will also star Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher and Amy Adams. Chris Terrior is responsible for the Justice League Part 1 screenplay, with the movie arriving in theaters November 2017. Justice League Part 2 will follow in 2019, though it isn't known if J.K. Simmons has signed on for both movies. The two films will not be shot back-to-back as previously reported.
Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder are producing Justice League Part 1. Zack Snyder and various members of his cast are already in London preparing for the upcoming shoot, which begins this April. J.K. Simmons is just one of many actors to take on the role of Commissioner James Gordon. The most recent of which is Ben McKenzie on Gotham, where the actor plays a much younger version of Gordon in his formative years. Lyle Talbot first played the character in the 1949 series Batman & Robin, with Neil Hamilton taking on the role in the 1966 Batman.
On the big screen, Pat Hingle played Gordon in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, staying on through Joel Schumacher's 1997 disaster Batman & Robin. Gary Oldman picked up the mantel in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. This isn't the first time J.K. Simmons has entered the world of superhero movies. He played J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. And there has often been talk about bringing him back to reprise the role for Marvel's Spider-Man in 2017, which he's stated in the past he is very open to. What do you think about the new Commissioner Gordon?