While "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" introduced the world to cinematic versions of many of the Justice Leaguers, their appearances were extremely brief. That means director Zack Snyder will have to give them plenty of exposition in "Justice League: Part One," leaving little screentime for the rest of the film's supporting cast. J.K. Simmons, who was recently cast as Commissioner James Gordon in the movie, knows that includes his own role.
"I don't get started on that until June, and my part in the first one is very small," the Oscar winner said in an interview DP/30 for his new film "The Meddler." "I'm excited to be playing that iconic character in that iconic series."
"I'm going into a thing that hopefully will be two, three, four, maybe more movies for me, and my part in the first one is really very small," he added. It's likely Gordon will also appear in "Justice League: Part Two," as well as the solo Batman film in which Ben Affleck is starring and directing.
Simmons went on to discuss his approach to the character. "But obviously, we know who the guy is," he said. "We know his whole backstory, based on the comic book. So, I'm just gonna finish doing my research on that. And probably not watch the other actors who have played the part, because that is kind of intimidating, honestly, and I don't think I would find that to be productive. So, I'll do my take."
Watch the interview below (via Comicbook.com). His comments, which include remarks on meeting Snyder, start around the 03:00 mark.
Simmons will make his debut as Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder's "Justice League: Part One" alongside Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, and more, including the recently cast Willem Dafoe. The movie is due in theaters November 17, 2017.