It’s hard not to love the idea of J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming Justice League as well as the new Ben Affleck driven Batman universe. However, the recent photo of Simmons looking more jacked than Superman isn’t exactly what we are used to in our trench coat clad detective.
Recently, the 61 year old actor spoke with EW about his take on the role and what he’s hoping to bring to the Justice League:
“People of my generation remember Commissioner Gordon as this jolly, ineffectual Santa Claus type, and I think over the years in the comics there’s definitely much more of a badass side to him. One of the things that’s interesting to me is investigating hopefully a little bit more of that badass [side]…You’re living in a universe where it’s pretty tough to be a badass compared to somebody like Batman, but in the universe of non-superheroes I like the idea of Commissioner Gordon as a guy that can take care of himself, a guy that’s a real partner to Batman, not just a guy that turns on the bat signal and goes, ‘Help! Help, Batman!’”
Amazingly, the above photo doesn’t even really have anything to do with his prep for the role.
“I just like to work out now. And getting to the gym really has nothing… I’m not going to the gym because of Justice League. I’m just going to the gym because after the last time I got super fat and out of shape, I decided that I was done doing that.” I was going to — for as long as I’m going to be on the planet — I’m going to try and take care of myself. So that’s pretty much coincidental [to filming Justice League].”