Now this puts a smile on my face.
The Hollywood Reporter is stating that J. K. Simmons is currently in negotiations to reprise the role of DC Comics character Commissioner James Gordon in Batgirl.
Last week, it was announced that Leslie Grace had secured the titular role as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl in the upcoming HBO Max original film.
Gordon is one of the oldest and best-known characters in the Batman universe, having first shown up in the Dark Knight’s initial appearance in Detective Comics No. 27 in 1939. He has shown up in almost every Batman adaptation from the Adam West 1960s series (played by Neil Hamilton) to The Dark Knight Trilogy (played by Gary Oldman).
Simmons was cast as Commissioner Gordon by Zack Snyder for 2017’s Justice League. Fans all agreed that he was perfectly cast for the role and looked faithful to the part. Simmons returned as Gordon in unreleased footage for Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
It was unsure whether Simmons would reprise his role as Gordon for Batgirl as no details had been released up until now as to what universe the movie would take place in. However, all signs now point to it being set in the DC Extended Universe. This opens up the gates of Arkham Asylum for more DCEU Bat characters to make an appearance.
Filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life) are directing from a script by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey, the upcoming The Flash). Plot details are unknown at this time, but the plan is to get this released on the streaming service in 2022.
What do you think of J. K. Simmons returning as Commissioner Gordon for Batgirl? Who would you like to see cast as Gordon’s wife and Batgirl’s mother? Tell us down in the comments!