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Entertainment ‘Batgirl’ Movie: J. K. Simmons in Talks to Return to Batman Universe as Commissioner Gordon (Exclusive)

21:42  29 july  2021
21:42  29 july  2021 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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a man wearing a suit and tie: J.K. Simmons in JUSTICE LEAGUE. J.K. Simmons in JUSTICE LEAGUE.

J. K. Simmons is coming back to the Bat-beat.

The Oscar-winning actor is in negotiations to reprise the role of classic Batman character Commissioner James Gordon in Batgirl, Warner Bros.’ feature for HBO Max that is casting up swiftly.

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Plot details are being kept in the library but the project is looking to be released in 2022 on WarnerMedia’s streaming service, HBO Max.

Gordon is the oldest and one of the best known characters in the Batman universe, having first shown up in the Dark Knight’s initial appearance of Detective Comics no. 27 in 1939. He became tied to Batgirl in the 1960s when Batgirl was introduced in the comics and simultaneously in the Adam West television series as Gordon’s daughter, Barbara Gordon. Her job at the time was as an employee of the Gotham City Public Library. In more recent times, with expanded or rebooted multiverse storylines, Gordon has either been Barbara Gordon’s father or uncle-turned-adoptive father.

Simmons was cast as Gordon by Zack Snyder for 2017’s Justice League and appeared in added material for the filmmaker’s recently restored cut, Zack Snyder’s Justice League. In 2019, the actor said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that he had signed on to play the role for three movies and hoped to return to the character at one point. “I hope there’s more of that in the future,” Simmons said. Looks like Bat-wishes can come true.

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Gordon has been played by a slew of actors over the years, including Lyle Talbot in the 1949 serial Batman and Robin, Neil Hamilton in the TV series Batman in the 1960s, Pat Hingle in the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher Batman movie franchise and  Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight films.

Simmons, who recently played Chris Pratt’s father in The Tomorrow War, is repped by Gersh.

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