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J.K. Simmons cast as Commissioner Gordon in 'Justice League'

By Wade Sheridan   |   March 8, 2016 at 7:01 AM
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LOS ANGELES, March 8 (UPI) -- J.K. Simmons has been cast as Commissioner Gordon in Warner Bros. upcoming superhero team-up film, Justice League: Part One.

Announced on Monday, Gordon was the last major role remaining to be cast before production on Justice League starts in April, according to Variety.

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Directed by Zack Snyder with a screenplay by Chris Terrio, the DC comics epic will bring together Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to combat a new enemy threatening the earth.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will help lay the ground work for Justice League as it will also feature Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg in the film when it hits theaters March 25.

Simmons takes on the iconic role as Batman's most trusted ally in the Gotham City police department following Gary Oldman portraying the character in director Christopher Nolan's most recent The Dark Knight trilogy. Ben McKenzie currently portrays the character in Fox's Batman prequel series drama, Gotham.

The Oscar winning actor is no stranger to comic book adaptations as he famously appeared as disgruntled newspaper editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson in the original Spider-Man trilogy alongside Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi.

Recently, Simmons responded to an online fan-petition asking Marvel and Sony to recast him as Jameson for their upcoming Spider-Man reboot starring newcomer Tom Holland stating, "It was a super fun character so I'll never close the door on anything."

Justice League: Part One is due in theaters Nov. 17, 2017.

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