It was recently revealed that Oscar winning actor J.K. Simmons will play Commissioner Jim Gordon in Justice League, news which has made comic book fans very happy indeed. However, the Spider-Man and Whiplash star has some big shoes to fill following Gary Oldman’s superb turn as the character, and in a recent interview, the actor weighed in on both the casting and what makes Gordon so special.
You can hear Oldman’s comments in full by watching the video above, but here’s a particularly interesting excerpt:
“The thing you’ve just got to get used to with Gordon is he’s a really sound detective, first of all. And he’s really incorruptible, which is a kind of wonderful quality to play and sort of, like, true blue. He’s like a Watson, oddly. He’s sort of like Watson to Sherlock, is Gordon to Batman.”
The actor clearly has a great understanding of the character (no real surprise after playing him throughout The Dark Knight Trilogy), but now it’s up to J.K. Simmons to take Commissioner Gordon in a brand new direction in a very different comic book universe.
After appearing in Justice League, Simmons will presumably take on an even more significant role in Ben Affleck’s long rumoured Batman movie. Early on in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s production, rumours started doing the rounds that The Joker killed Gordon in the DC Films Universe, but those claims were obviously way off and he now looks set to be a very big presence moving forward.