J.K. Simmons in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, promoting his latest film Kung Fu Panda 3 releasing on Blu-ray and DVD this week, spoke on his character of Commissioner Gordon in Justice League.
Simmons goes on to confirm that he’s already filmed scenes for Justice League with the other actors and hopes to continue to return as the character in a handful of more movies. He also goes on to talk on what type of character his Commissioner Gordon, he hopes will be.
Simmons still has one more trip to London to go to wrap his work as Commissioner Gordon on the action-adventure flick (due Nov. 17, 2017), but he says his time on set with Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Ezra Miller (Barry Allen/The Flash), Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), director Zack Snyder, and more has already “been a fun experience, and knock wood, if it continues, then I’ll hopefully get to play Commissioner Gordon in a handful of movies.” Fingers crossed for that, but more immediately, what’s in store for Simmons’ take on the familiar Batman ally?
“People of my generation remember Commissioner Gordon as this jolly, ineffectual Santa Claus type, and I think over the years in the comics there’s definitely much more of a badass side to him,” Simmons explains. “One of the things that’s interesting to me is investigating hopefully a little bit more of that badass [side]…You’re living in a universe where it’s pretty tough to be a badass compared to somebody like Batman, but in the universe of non-superheroes I like the idea of Commissioner Gordon as a guy that can take care of himself, a guy that’s a real partner to Batman, not just a guy that turns on the bat signal and goes, ‘Help! Help, Batman!’”