As Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice flies into theaters later this month, Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder are hard at work on developing the anticipated superhero event, Justice League. Slated for a 2017 release, Snyder’s third feature in DC’s Extended Universe stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg, respectively. They make up the collective known as Justice League, a band of superheroes united to take on threats greater than their individual strengths. There’s been a lot of curiosity (and excitement) about the film, which arrives prior to several key characters’ solo outing – a distinct difference from the MCU.
And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, WB and Snyder have tapped J.K. Simmons to play Commissioner Gordon in Justice League. Everything is still in the early stages, but Simmons’ inclusion for Justice League answers a few questions. For instance, we won’t see Gordon in Dawn of Justice nor Suicide Squad, despite both serving as major backdrops in Gotham City. And if Affleck does indeed star and direct in his own Batman outing, we can expect Simmons to reprise his role as Gordon. Simmons follows Gary Oldman, who starred in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy as Commissioner Gordon. This isn’t his first run in a superhero universe; he starred as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films.
Penned by Chris Terrio (Argo), Justice League will be released in two parts and is expected to start filming sometime in April. Part One will arrive November 17, 2017 with Part Two landing in theaters June 14, 2019 – after The Flash, Aquaman and Shazam all land their respective films.
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