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Why J.K. Simmons will own the role of Commissioner Gordon #JusticeLeague


The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is back on track courtesy of Wonder Woman, which surprised everyone with its three-dimensional characters and super-fun action sequences.

Now, with the Justice League (made up of superheroes like Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg) teaming up this November for a huge blockbuster extravaganza.

Along with the main ensemble, though, comes an excellent supporting cast, including the always great Jeremy Irons as Alfred (who was easily one of the best parts of Batman v. Superman), and the mighty J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

Previously played by actors such as Pat Hingle and Gary Oldman, we think Gordon is in good hands with J.K. Here's why.

He's an Oscar-winner

There’s no denying that Simmons has always been a great actor, but he made his biggest breakthrough in the 2014 psychological drama Whiplash, directed by La La Land's Damien Chazelle.

Originally a short film made in 2013 (also starring Simmons), the feature tells the story of music college student Andrew Neiman (played by Miles Teller), in an ongoing battle to impress his music professor Terrence Fletcher (Simmons' character).

The actor brought to life a character that would terrify even the toughest of students, but who also believed that whilst working towards a goal, we should be told what we need to hear rather than what we want to hear.

His outstanding performance bagged him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2015, and he went on to cameo in La La Land as another bullying (albeit less sweary) character.

Can we expect his take on Gordon to intimidate Ben Affleck's Batman? Probably not but with this shot of his behind the scenes gym routine, this incarnation of the character is certainly set to be a lot more physical than previous ones.

Here's a reminder of how overwhelming Simmons was in Whiplash.

He already has superhero experience

Whilst Simmons has already proved that he can give a knockout performance (and win an Oscar for it), it all comes down to whether he’s the right person to play the character.

With comic-book films especially, fans of the original source material hope to see the character portrayed with care, and not just be ‘throwaway’, and a character like Commissioner Gordon deserves that kind of attention.

Not to worry, however, since Simmons portrayed the character of J. Jonah Jameson to perfection in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Whilst fans of the trilogy enjoyed Spider-Man web-sling across New York, it was also enjoyable to watch the parts with Peter going on with his normal life.

Some of the stand-out scenes included Jameson, with his venomous insults and comments, as he recruits Peter to take photos of Spider-Man for the ‘Daily Bugle’ newspaper.

His experience playing larger-than-life characters in this genre makes him perfect for the Justice League role.

He's done blockbusters before

One of these was in Terminator Genisys when he played Detective O'Brien. Whilst not the best Terminator film, it did have some very entertaining action sequences, and Simmons' bemused, dogged character was easily one of the highlights of the film.

His character differed from other cops and detectives in the franchise, listening to both sides of the story whilst trying to unravel the mystery of the T-3000, and rescued Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney).

This bears comparison with Commissioner Gordon himself, since he tends to lead the police force into supporting and helping Batman, and often tends to get in on the action (see Gary Oldman's portrayal in The Dark Knight Rises, for example).

So will J.K. Simmons be the best of the Commissioner Gordons yet? Tweet us your thoughts @Cineworld.

Justice League bolts into Cineworld on 17th November.

Jake Gibbard is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.

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