Gary Oldman may have held the role of Commissioner Gordon for seven years, but he’s more than willing to pass the torch.
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Justice League will not only mark the first cinematic outing for the iconic team, but it will also provide a glimpse of the DC Extended Universe’s Commissioner James Gordon.
The role will of course be played by actor, J.K. Simmons. However, Gary Oldman’s interpretation of the character in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy is still very fresh in fans’ minds. Some even consider his portrayal to be the definitive, live-action version of the character.
Despite this, Oldman appears to be quite excited by the prospect of Simmons taking over the role. In an interview with ComicBook.com, at CinemaCon, he expressed his excitement in seeing Simmons’ version, and even declared that the actor doesn’t need advice:
"J.K. Simmons doesn’t need any advice from me. He’s a wonderful actor. I’m intrigued to see what he does with it. I’m looking forward to it. Gordon was very good to me, so I wish him a lot of luck. I’m excited for him."
It sounds like Oldman is as excited as most fans are to see Simmons’ take on the character. As many know, Jim Gordon has been a staple in Batman and comics mythology for almost 78 years.
In most of his various incarnations, he is a key ally to Batman in the Gotham City Police Department. He even took on the mantle of Batman in the New 52 continuity following the hero’s apparent demise at the hands of the Joker.
Gordon was first portrayed in live-action by Lyle Talbot in the 1949 movie serial, Batman and Robin, and then by Neil Hamilton in 1960s Batman. Pat Hingle later played the character in four Batman films from 1989–1998. Ben McKenzie currently plays a younger version of the character on Fox’s Gotham.
Justice League arrives in theaters on November 17, 2017.