Batman fans know that Bruce Wayne claims he works alone, but actually surrounds himself with competent people. Alfred Pennyworth is a steadfast advisor and confidante, Dick Grayson and the various other Robins are capable and self-reliant crime fighters in their own right, and Catwoman is basically female Batman with a feline theme.
Not least among these capable counterparts is Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. While Gordon has been known to condemn and purse “the Bat”, he is most commonly shown as a stalwart and cunning ally of Gotham’s masked vigilante. Perhaps this is most readily apparent in the character’s turn in Batman: The Animated Series and The Dark Knight trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan, but the most recent man to don Jim Gordon’s trench coat and characteristic moustache would like to see that trend continue.
Actor J. K. Simmons, who will be playing Gordon in the 2017 Justice League film, has one request for the writers, producers, and director of Justice League: “Let Commissioner Gordon be a bad ass”.
Considering that Simmons was recently hitting the gym hard in preparation for the Major League Baseball “All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game” in San Diego, it seems like this might be a perfect time to grant that request. Unfortunately, despite wide speculation that his fitness routine was related to his role as Jim Gordon, Simmons himself dispelled those rumors, claiming that he was simply working to stay healthy and in shape according to John Boone over at Entertainment Tonight.
Simmons, who has done voice work for numerous animated movies, tv shows, and video games, is no stranger to the world of superheroes, and he has an impressive list of on-screen credits to boot. So while we know that he can bring the emotional weight necessary to make Jim Gordon compelling, it would be awesome for this new incarnation of Gordon to demonstrate why he has Batman’s unwavering trust.
Granted, Simmons himself said that he doesn’t expect his character to be up to much ass-kicking in Justice League. Instead, he’s looking at the big picture, playing the long game and biding his time for Ben Affleck’s stand-alone Batman movie (which Affleck will be directing), where he can more effectively flex those new muscles. Considering that “the Bat” himself often has plans-within-contingencies-within-plans, I think Bruce Wayne would approve of Simmons’s approach.
Catch J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League on November 17th, 2017.