J.K. Simmons Joins "Justice League" as Commissioner Gordon

Mon, March 7th, 2016 at 11:59am PST | Updated: March 7th, 2016 at 12:18pm

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Simmons will make the jump from Marvel to DC for "Justice League."

"Spider-Man" star J.K. Simmons will play Jim Gordon, Gotham City's police commissioner, in director Zack Snyder's upcoming "Justice League" films, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Simmons will follow in the footsteps of Gary Oldman, who appeared in the role in Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy. Lyle Talbot, Neil Hamilton and Pat Hingle have all also played the mustachioed head of the Gotham City Police Department on TV and film.

In the comics, Gordon works closely with Batman, often summoning the Dark Knight using the Bat-Signal. In Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's run on the character, he has even taken up the cowl himself.

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Simmons is known for his iconic role as J. Jonah Jameson, the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Bugle, in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy, and has even voiced the character in animated shows such as "Ultimate Spider-Man." The Oscar-winning actor has also appeared in "Whiplash," "Juno," "The Closer" and more.

Due to start filming in in April, "Justice League Part One" is scheduled to open on November 17, 2017, though Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot will first be seen as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" on March 25, 2016.

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