For all intents and purposes, DC has already had two team-up films this year with both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. However, real team-up film fans are looking forward to most is next year’sJustice League, which looks to unite the likes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg for the first time on the big screen.
While the character list is sure to be long for this particular film, don’t think that the actual superheroes are the only ones who’ll be getting some love. In addition to the main six, we also know that Batman and co. will be interacting with the likes of Commissioner Gordon, the Bat’s longtime ally within Gotham P.D., portrayed by Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons. It’s a big role, to be sure, and coming off of Gary Oldman’s amazing performance as the moral cop in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, he certainly has a lot to live up to. Sadly, it doesn’t sound like Justice League will be the place to see his talent on full display.
Speaking with E.T., Simmons confirmed that his role would be small, and that his time is mostly spent interacting with Ben Affleck’s Batman.
“In this first installment of the Justice League, Commissioner Gordon is not a particularly sizable part. We just kind of introduce him and see a little bit of his interactions with Batman — and with most of the Justice League. That was a really fun set. Zack [Snyder] runs sort of a big, happy family and it’s obviously, in many ways, a very different work environment when you’re working on a big, giant movie like that than a relatively small movie like The Meddler. But at the end of the day, the director is the one who sets the tone. And one of the things that Zack and Lorene have in common is they’re just nice, smart, competent, fun people that you don’t mind spending a 12-hour day with.”
This is something that’s proven to be par for the course recently. In this year’s Captain America: Civil War, we only got a flavor for such characters like Spider-Man and Black Panther, who are set to be integral in future films, and in Suicide Squad, we only got around 15 minutes of screen time with a Joker who we hope to see go toe-to-toe in a future Batman movie. Given the increasing tendency to introduce important characters with smaller roles in big movies, it seemed fitting that the same fate would befall Gordon in Justice League, and ever since he was cast, it was speculated as such.
What do you think? Is this news disappointing, expected, or both? How do you think Gordon will be utilized in the plot? Let us know in the comments down below!
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