J.K. Simmons who’s playing Commissioner James Gordon, spoke exclusively to Collider on his playing the role famous Gotham City Commissioner in Justice League: Part 1. In the interview Simmons talks on planning on reading the comics to prepare for the role, confirming he still had a couple of months ahead of himself before he’ll start filming, so he still has time to. He also goes on to talk on avoiding previous portrayals of the character and the difference between J. Jonah Jameson (Spider-man) and Commissioner James Gordon.
Reading the comic books:
“Well, to read the comics, yes, absolutely. I’m still a couple of months out from doing that and I have two other films before then, so I haven’t gotten started on that. Obviously, a lot of really wonderful actors have played that character previously, and most of them I saw at the time the movies came out, never imagining that I would be doing the same thing. So, I can’t say that I don’t have some impression of that character in my head that’s based on what I saw, but I’m not planning on going back and watching any of the other films. 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.”
On the difference between J. Jonah Jameson (Spider-man) and Commissioner James Gordon:
“There are easy comparisons to make. I wasn’t a big comic book reading kid, so I did a fair amount of reading when I was playing Jameson, who was very much the comic relief in those movies. Even in the comics, he was a blowhard who was all bark and very rarely bite. My understanding, from what I’ve learned so far about Commissioner Gordon, is that he’s the older guy with the mustache who relates with our hero in a certain way. Other than that, it’s a vastly different character and much more of a stronger, impactful character in the DC universe.”