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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Love him or hate him, Zack Snyder is without a doubt one of the biggest names in modern filmmaking. He has a trademark style that pulls in countless influences, and while his films may be polarizing, his films are most definitely his.

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This makes it all the more surprising that actor JK Simmons, who plays Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming Justice League film, had absolutely no idea who Snyder was going into the film, as he revealed to ET.

“I don’t know anything about show business. My agent called and said, ‘Zack Snyder wants to meet with you,’ and I was like, ‘Awesome. Who’s that?’ And he was like, ‘He’s like one of the biggest directors.’ Not even like, ‘This is what it’s about,’ just, ‘Go meet.'”

“So we went and met and hit it off, ’cause he’s a great guy, and we were several minutes into the meeting when I kind of saw this quizzical look and he goes, ‘You have no idea why you’re here, do you?’ He said, ‘Commissioner Gordon. I want you to play Commissioner Gordon.'”

Clearly, that meeting turned out pretty well. Simmons also revealed that he was immediately intimidated by the prospect of playing Commissioner Gordon, in no small part thanks to the great actors who have played him in the past.

From the sound of it, Simmons is optimistic that we’ll be seeing more of him in future films, saying:

“There have been so many incarnations of him, obviously in print and also on screen,” Simmons said, “and I think one of the aspects that I found the most interesting about him as I did my research, with my comic book nerd friends mostly, was that [he is] a tough guy. There have been so many incarnations of him, obviously in print and also on screen, and I think one of the aspects that I found the most interesting about him as I did my research, with my comic book nerd friends mostly, was that [he is] a tough guy.”

It’s a part he’s perfectly fit to play, and while we don’t expect to see too much of him in Justice League, we hope to see shades of what makes the character great in the few minutes we do see.

Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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SOURCE: ET

  • Victor Roa

    not surprised, as someone who is consuming all of this news all we did hear for 4 years was just casting choices as close as 6 months before release into these films.

  • Weresmurf

    What I ask, is when it comes to THE BATMAN, we get to see Simmons, in a sleeve rolled up shirt, laying the goddamn smack down on some badguys, alongside Batman at some point. It isn’t fair we’ve always seen Gordon as a pencil pusher, when he’s, in the comics, been a freakin action hero for decades.

    • AmiRami

      Ya but thats assuming The Batman will even be a DCEU movie. The rumors are it won’t be.

      • Weresmurf

        That was clarified by Reeves regarding the whole uproar. It’s still in the dceu, it’s just a story that doesnt rely on Justice League to exist, like Wonder Woman. Now, if Baffleck is back is back is a whooooooole different question…

    • Awesome Welles

      Btw, most of the ex-aicn posters are over at The Man Who Saved Movies now, just in case you didn’t know.

  • M@rvel

    Polarizing must be your favorite word lol

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.