For those of you who were hopeful for J.K. Simmons to return to the Spider-Man franchise to play J. Jonah Jameson (possibly his notable and recognizable role), you may have some dark days ahead of you.
Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter announced to the world that J.K. Simmons had signed on to the Justice League duology as Commissioner James Gordon (head of the Gotham City Police Department and longtime Batman contributor), where his talents would definitely be put to good use. Simmons is a very talented actor with many note-worthy roles in many well-known films and TV series in his arsenal (i.e. Juno, Whiplash, The Closer, and many more). We’ve already had the chance to see two live-action iterations of Gotham PD’s commissioner in action (Gary Oldman in the Dark Knight trilogy, and currently Ben McKenzie in FOX’s Gotham), but with J.K. behind the role now, we’re hoping to see a very experienced and battle-hardened version of the character, something we’ve yet to see in any versions.
While this doesn’t exactly mean that Simmons is completely off the table as JJJ for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, this does make the chances of his return to that role very slim. Heartbreaking, we know. This is still a gain for comic book fans though, seeing as how we still get to see this great actor in another iconic role. We’re just hoping he’ll be sporting that same daring mustache he had as J Jonah Jameson for Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming Justice League films.
Justice League Part One is scheduled to release on November 17, 2017.