J. K. Simmons might reprise the role of Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming Batgirl movie.
The universe of DC is back under the spotlight with yet another character’s standalone film and it is none other than Batgirl. Starring Leslie Grace as the titular character, Batgirl is directed by ‘Bad Boys for life’ fame Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah along with Christina Hodson from ‘The Flash’ as the writer. Grace will be playing the daughter of Commissioner Gordon, Barbara Gordon who secretly plays Batgirl. It is heard that the ‘In the Heights’ star had impressed the makers and grabbed the opportunity to play Batgirl.
The next significant character from the ‘Bat Universe’ involves Commissioner James Gordon, who is the oldest ally of Batman and whose character even preceded the latter’s introduction in Detective Comics #27 from 1939. Gordon was finally introduced in the Batgirl comics from the 60’s as either Batgirl’s father or uncle depending upon the multiverse storyline or reboots. Several actors over the years had played the Commissioner that included Gary Oldman from the Dark Knight trilogy, Ben McKenzie from the TV series Gotham and JK Simmons from Justice League. Fans were thrilled to watch more scenes of Simmons as the Commissioner in Snyder’s cut of Justice League after the not-so-satisfactory Whedon’s cut.
With the Batgirl movie coming up, discussions have been taking place on the actor to be cast in the role of Commissioner Gordon. Simmons has been on the line to play the commissioner after his remarkable performance in 2017’s Justice League. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Simmons had commented on returning to the character in the future after he’d signed on to play in three DC movies. He said, “I hope there’s more of that in the future.”
Simmons had appeared in superhero movies previously like Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, where he played J. Jonah Jameson, the crabby publisher of the Daily Bugle.