We could soon be getting an early look at Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons as DC Comics icon Commissioner Jim Gordon in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Simmons wrapped his part in the superhero team-up spectacular quite recently and revealed that fans should not expect a big chunk of screen time to be dedicated to the head of the Gotham PD.
In a talk with ET about his recent film The Meddler, which is out now on home video, Simmons talked about his time spent acting in big-budget superhero films and smaller independent films in equal measure. Of course, the conversation eventually turned to Justice League, which seems to have left Simmons quite pleased but perhaps wanting a bit more to chew on in future outings.
Here’s what Simmons had to say about filming his role in Justice League and his current schedule:
My part is done. They are filming that for basically most of 2016, so some of the superheroes are still at work in jolly old London, but I’m back home with my family.
While the rest of the Justice League has been left behind, surely some of them are missing the Commish already, most notably Batman himself, Ben Affleck. Simmons talked briefly about his level of interaction with the League members:
Yeah, mostly with Ben. In this first installment of the Justice League, Commissioner Gordon is not a particularly sizable part. We just kind of introduce him and see a little bit of his interactions with Batman — and with most of the Justice League. That was a really fun set.
Simmons also compared Snyder to his director on The Meddler, Lorene Scafaria:
Zack [Snyder] runs sort of a big, happy family and it’s obviously, in many ways, a very different work environment when you’re working on a big, giant movie like that than a relatively small movie like The Meddler. But at the end of the day, the director is the one who sets the tone. And one of the things that Zack and Lorene [Scafaria] have in common is they’re just nice, smart, competent, fun people that you don’t mind spending a 12-hour day with.
Here’s what Simmons had to say about his take on Gordon in a previous chat, noting that he’ll “hopefully get to play Commissioner Gordon in a handful of movies” and revealing a bit about the character’s personality and physique:
“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. 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!’”
We’ll get to see Simmons in character alongside his caped crusader cohorts when Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.