J.K. Simmons Returning To Gotham As Commissioner Gordon For Batgirl - Report
J.K. Simmons, who played Commissioner Gordon in Justice League, will reprise the role for the upcoming Batgirl movie.
Casting and production news for the upcoming Batgirl movie is pouring in, with a familiar face popping back up in Gotham City for the project. The Hollywood Reporter has stated that J.K. Simmons is in talks to reprise the role of Commissioner Gordon for the project.
Simmons first played Gordon back in Justice League, where he infamously got completely shredded for a role which netted him a miniscule amount of time on screen--though with any luck that's about to change. In DC Comics, Gordon is the father of Barbara AKA Batgirl (though he is usually unaware of his daughter's secret vigilante lifestyle). Batgirl herself was recently cast as In The Heights alum Leslie Grace.
In the comics, Gordon is one of Batman's closest allies and friends, despite being one of the few people who regularly works with the Dark Knight to flat out refuse to speculate on his real identity. Barbara was introduced as his daughter in the '60s, following her debut on the live-action Batman TV show.
The role of Commissioner Gordon has been played by multiple actors across multiple mediums over the years, including Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan's trilogy and Jeffery Wright in the upcoming The Batman, slated for release in 2022.
As of right now, Batgirl has no scheduled release date. It is slated to head directly to the HBO Max streaming service and will be directed by Bad Boys For Life duo, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Plot details are being kept under wraps.