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Strong casting choices pretty much entirely define Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. While we can argue that performers like Christian Bale, Cillian Murphy, or Michael Caine are tailor made for their respective characters, one particular casting choice from that series that rises above the rest is Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon. Oldman will soon officially hand off the iconic glasses and trench coat to J.K. Simmons when Justice League finally debuts in November, and he's apparently just as excited as we are to see what the Oscar-winner will do with the role. Oldman explained:
Gary Oldman doesn't necessarily have much advice for J.K. Simmons with regards to how to play James Gordon, but his recent comments to Comicbook.com make it clear that he's excited to see what the Whiplash actor does with it. The DCEU is entirely different from The Dark Knight universe, so we're not even sure if his advice would mean anything. It's time for a new Gordon, and it's time to see what a new actor can do with the iconic role.
Of course, we should also point out the fact that Commissioner Gordon's role in the DCEU just became quite a bit more important for the future of this franchise. With Joss Whedon's Batgirl movie officially announced by DC, the entire Gordon family will be put on full display within the next few years. Oldman's Gordon never had to contend with a vigilante daughter, so this will be an entirely new incarnation of the character that we actually have never seen before. Is an adaptation of The Killing Joke on the way? We will just have to wait and see.
As most of you already know, this isn't J.K. Simmons' first rodeo in a comic book universe. He portrayed J. Jonah Jameson in all three of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movie during the 2000s, and he has become an absolute fan-favorite for his pitch-perfect take on the character. In fact, many fans even clamored for his Jameson to make a return when the Marvel Cinematic Universe gives Spidey a full on welcome in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Simmons apparently wants to try something new, and we have complete faith in his ability to nail Gotham City's favorite cop.
Commissioner Gordon is certainly one of the most beloved characters from the entire DC lore. Gary Oldman put his spin on the role in The Dark Knight trilogy, but it seems that everyone (Oldman included) thinks that J.K. Simmons is going to knock it out of the park completely. Justice League will hit theaters later this year on November 17, 2017. Check out our movie premiere guide for more information concerning this year's major theatrical debuts!