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Gary Oldman talks JK Simmons taking over as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League

April 10th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments


The times are a-changing in world of superhero movies. Ben Affleck is Batman, Jesse Eisenberg is, whether you like it or not, Lex Luthor and we’ve also found ourselves a new Commissioner Gordon to aid the Dark Knight in his fight against evil in Gotham.

Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Spider-Man) is set to play the straight-edged detective in Zack Snyder’s Justice League movie. It’s intriguing because many comic book fans will know Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson, the irascible Daily Bugle editor, in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.

After he got fed up with no pictures of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, Simmons jumped ship to the DC Universe. Marvel then proceeded to release a trailer revealing Spider-Man but, by that stage, it was too late.

Now, he steps into the shoes of Oldman, who brilliantly portrayed Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy opposite Christian Bale’s Batman. And Oldman has wished Simmons good luck in the role and has offered a few pearls of wisdom, too.

“God bless him,” Oldman told Yahoo (via Squareeyed): “Good luck, that’s what I say.”

He also offered up his deep intuitive understanding of Gordon, garnered from three years and seven years in the role.

“The thing you’ve just got to get used to with Gordon is he’s a really sound detective, first of all,” he said “And he’s really incorruptible, which is a kind of wonderful quality to play and sort of, like, true blue.”

“He’s like a Watson, oddly,” he added. “He’s sort of like Watson to Sherlock, is Gordon to Batman.”

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.