Part of the reason J. Jonah Jameson was left out of The Amazing Spider-Man was because he was played to perfection by J.K. Simmons in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and couldn’t be replaced. That didn’t rule out a future appearance by the character though, as the Daily Bugle still exists in the film’s universe. If he were to be introduced in the sequel, I don’t think the fans would be satisfied unless Simmons reprises his role. Fortunately, our wishes just might come true.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association Press Tour regarding his upcoming TV show, Family Tools, the actor touched on returning to the role. According to Crave Online, here’s what he said.
“Oh, I’m open to anything. Obviously that was enormous fun playing that character. A big part of the fun was doing it with Sam and with Tobey. Like I said I literally have not seen the movie. I don’t even know tonally how different it may or may not be. I’m a fan of the actors, the director and everything else. Yeah, I’m always open…..the Spider-Man thing, for those of us who were doing the first franchise, that rug got pulled out from under us like two-and-a-half years ago, you know. So, that water is well under the bridge. I love making those movies with Sam and with everybody, and we had a great time. Now, the studio is doing a different version of it. But that seems like ancient history. And, because I don’t get out much, I haven’t seen the movie or the Broadway play or the cartoon, which I do a voice on.”
Hopefully someone at Sony has taken note of this and perhaps approach the actor about returning. Obviously some slight changes will have to be made on how he portrays the character so he can fit into Marc Webb’s more realistic Spider-Man universe but if it works out, fans would be more than happy to see him back and interacting with Andrew Garfield’s version of Peter Parker.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will hit theaters on May 2, 2014.
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