A few weeks ago, J.K. Simmons set the social media world on fire with photos of himself working out for his role as Commissioner Jim Gordon in Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” feature which is currently shooting in the United Kingdom.
Simmons had become rather buff for his role in the film which he’s already shot various scenes for, and is slated to return to the London set shortly for additional filming. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he spoke about how how his take on the character will differ from previous incarnations, and why all the exercise and training he’s been doing has been essential for it:
“[It’s] been a fun experience, and knock wood, if it continues, then I’ll hopefully get to play Commissioner Gordon in a handful of movies. People of my generation remember Commissioner Gordon as this jolly, ineffectual Santa Claus type, and I think over the years in the comics there’s definitely much more of a badass side to him. One of the things that’s interesting to me is investigating hopefully a little bit more of that badass [side].
You’re living in a universe where it’s pretty tough to be a badass compared to somebody like Batman, but in the universe of non-superheroes I like the idea of Commissioner Gordon as a guy that can take care of himself, a guy that’s a real partner to Batman, not just a guy that turns on the bat signal and goes, ‘Help! Help, Batman!'” So, that sounds like a pretty faithful take on the character then.”
Filming is slated to continue on the ‘Dawn of Justice’ follow-up through October ahead of the film’s release in November next year.