J.K. Simmons Discusses His Approach To Commissioner Gordon In The DCEU
By Matt O.
In a recent interview with the good folks over at Collider, actor J.K. Simmons discussed his upcoming role as the new Commissioner Gordon in Warner Bros. "DC Extended Universe".
The actor will first appear as the legendary character in next year's Justice League: Part One, which is currently filming in London. The actor first revealed some of his process for preparing for the upcoming role.
"Well, to read the comics, yes, absolutely. I’m still a couple of months out from doing that and I have two other films before then, so I haven’t gotten started on that. Obviously, a lot of really wonderful actors have played that character previously, and most of them I saw at the time the movies came out, never imagining that I would be doing the same thing. So, I can’t say that I don’t have some impression of that character in my head that’s based on what I saw, but I’m not planning on going back and watching any of the other films.
I’m just planning on learning as much as I can about him through the comics and getting my feet wet in the first movie, and then hopefully continuing on from there. I take this from my days doing theater. If I was doing a musical, I would never listen to the cast album because I wanted to do my version of something. I’m sure there will be differences and similarities with what Gary Oldman or Pat Hingle have done before, but I’m just going to try to do my take on it and be as informed as I can about the rich history of the Batman universe, going into it."
Simmons than goes on to talk about the difference between Gordon and has other comic book character he played in director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy Mr. J. Jonah Jameson:
“There are easy comparisons to make. I wasn’t a big comic book reading kid, so I did a fair amount of reading when I was playing Jameson, who was very much the comic relief in those movies. Even in the comics, he was a blowhard who was all bark and very rarely bite. My understanding, from what I’ve learned so far about Commissioner Gordon, is that he’s the older guy with the mustache who relates with our hero in a certain way. Other than that, it’s a vastly different character and much more of a stronger, impactful character in the DC universe.”
Justice League: Part One is set to hit theaters on November 17th, 2017.