Director Zack Snyder has shared the first picture of JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon in next year’s Justice League movie.
The Oscar-winning Whiplash actor follows in the footsteps of Gary Oldman and the late Pat Hingle, who previously played the Gotham City Police Department boss on the big screen.
Snyder shared the picture on Twitter yesterday (September 17) to celebrate DC Comics’ “Batman Day”.
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) September 17, 2016
Photos of Simmons training in the gym for the role went viral in June and the actor’s personal trainer later said his goal was to have “sick arms”.
Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon is part of a large ensemble cast that Snyder has assembled for Justice League, including Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. Watch a teaser trailer for the film shared at Comic-Con in San Diego in July below.
In June, Snyder admitted that the tone of Justice League has changed because of criticism levelled at Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which he also directed.
Batman V Superman, which came out in March, has now grossed over $870 million (£595 million) at the global box office despite a generally negative response from critics. On review aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes, the film’s approval rating is a lowly 27%. Justice League follows in November 2017.