The Hollywood Reporter reports that Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has been cast as Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming Justice League films. The announcement means that Simmons, probably best known for his turn as J. Jonah Jameson in the first Spider-Man trilogy, has made a big jump from Marvel to DC, news that will probably disappoint comics fans everywhere.
Commissioner Gordon is one of Batman's most important supporting characters
Commissioner Gordon is one of Batman's most important supporting characters, serving as a fellow crusader in the Dark Knight's war on crime. As police commissioner, he leads a corrupt police department while aiding Batman against villains like Two-Face and the Joker. A number of actors have played the role over the years, including Pat Hingle in the Batman '89 series of films, and Gary Oldman in The Dark Knight trilogy. Ben McKenzie currently fills Gordon's shoes in the Fox series Gotham.
Simmons took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor last year for his role in Whiplash. Today's news now means he'll be joining the likes of Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot onscreen when Justice League Part One hits theaters on November 17th, 2017.