JK Simmons joins cast of Justice League movie

The Oscar-winner is joining a select group of actors to play roles both for Marvel and DC

JK Simmons has been cast as Batman’s police ally Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming Justice League movie.

The actor, who won an supporting actor Oscar for his role as a maniacal music teacher in 2014’s Whiplash, will join an ensemble cast when the movie begins shooting in April according to reports.

Justice League Part One will be directed by Zack Snyder. It will feature heroes Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) teaming up together. It’s due for release in November 2017, and will be followed up with a sequel in 2019. This year, meanwhile, we will see Batman vs Superman, and Jared Leto’s Joker leading a large group of DC villains saving the world in Suicide Squad.

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Jim Gordon is one of Batman’s closest allies in Gotham City, and a major supporting character throughout the Caped Crusader’s long history.

Lyle Talbot was the first man to bring Gordon to the screen in the 1949 series Batman and Robin, followed by Neil Hamilton in Batman’s camp 1960s incarnation, Pat Hingle in the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher movie series, and Gary Oldman in the grimmer Dark Knight films. Ben McKenzie currently plays a younger version of the character on TV, in the series Gotham.

Simmons has also appeared as a character in several Marvel films, as Spiderman’s antagonistic boss J Jonah Jameson.

He joins a select group of actors to play characters from both DC and Marvel stables – including Ben Affleck, who once appeared as Daredevil, Ryan Reynolds, who has been the Green Lantern and Deadpool, and Chris Evans, who before making the part of Captain America his own, took a role in The Losers.

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