'Justice League' adds J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon

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  • Oscar winner J.K. Simmons will portray Batman's ally Commissioner Gordon in the "Justice League" movies
  • Simmons will play opposite Ben Affleck and other DC Comics-based superheroes
  • Like CNN, DC Comics is owned by Time Warner

(The Hollywood Reporter)The "Justice League" has found its Commissioner Gordon.

Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has been cast as the Gotham City police commissioner.
    "Justice League," which will be directed by Zack Snyder, sees heroes Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) teaming up to combat a threat beyond each member's capabilities.
    Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay for "Justice League," which will be released in two parts by Warner Bros. It's produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder.
    "Justice League: Part One" will start shooting in mid-April. It's slated for release on Nov 17, 2017 while "Part Two" will hit theaters on June 14, 2019. Warner Bros.' next DC film will be "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which hits theaters on March 25.
    The DC Comics character Commissioner James Gordon has been played by a slew of actors over the years, including Lyle Talbot in the 1949 series Batman and Robin, Neil Hamilton in the TV series Batman in the 1960s, Pat Hingle in the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher Batman movie franchise, and most recently, by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" films. The character is an integral part of the Batman literary mythos and is the lead character in "Gotham," Fox's take on Gordon's early days, where he is played by Ben McKenzie.
    Simmons is already a familiar face in the superhero world as he played publisher J. Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi "Spider-Man" movies.
    Simmons has been very busy since winning the best supporting actor Oscar for "Whiplash" in 2015. He's reteaming with Damien Chazelle for his musical "La La Land," and he voices a character in this past weekend's big hit animated film "Zootopia." He recently joined Mark Wahlberg in the Boston bombing film "Patriots' Day," and he'll be seen in "The Meddler" with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne, which is due out in April. His other projects in post including "The Accountant" with Ben Affleck, Bastards with Owen Wilson and Ed Helms and "The Snowman" with Michael Fassbender. He's repped by Gersh.