Gary Oldman gives his take on J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon

Say what you will about the quality of the emerging DC Cinematic Universe, but you can’t deny that it benefits from the talent of some exceptional actors. On the Superman side, we’ve seen names like Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe and Laurence Fishburne, and on the Batman side, so far, we have the very underrated Ben Affleck and Jeremy Irons. To add to that, recently it was announced that beloved actor J.K. Simmons, who won on Oscar for his triumphant role in Whiplash, will be playing Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming Justice League film, taking over the role from Gary Oldman, yet another Oscar nominee.

Yahoo! Movies sat down with Oldman to discuss the role. He also had some pretty positive words for Simmons upon learning that he’d succeed Oldman as the Commissioner.

“God bless him.” the actor said. “That’s what I say, yeah.”

Although Simmons is a great actor who’s sure to do justice to this role, he could still learn a thing or two from Oldman who talked about his admiration for the character and how one may approach playing him.

“The thing you’ve just got to get used to with Gordon is he’s a really sound detective, first of all,” he told Yahoo! Movies. “And he’s really incorruptible, which is a kind of wonderful quality to play and sort of, like, true blue.” He added, “he’s like a Watson, oddly. He’s sort of like Watson to Sherlock, is Gordon to Batman.”

This wouldn’t be Simmons’ first time playing a comic book character. Of course, many know him as J. Jonah Jameson from the Spider-Man films and a number of Marvel animated shows.

The Justice League: Part One is scheduled to be released in 2017.

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Glen has been reading comic books and playing video games his whole life. His unhealthy passion, however, is for film. He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada.


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