The world might have lost its greatest J. Jonah Jameson, but at least it found itself a Commissioner Gordon that can top Gary Oldman: J.K. Simmons has been cast as Jim Gordon in DC and Warner Bros.’ Justice League duology.

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The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, which is obviously great. Not only is J.K. Simmons an incredible actor, but his past work in superhero movies as Sam Raimi’s Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man has proven that his moustache game is on point. It’s the sort of facial hair fit to carry on the legacy left behind by Gary Oldman, whose mustache served valiantly in the role of Gordon in the Dark Knight trilogy.

But speaking of JJJ, it’s kind of heartbreaking that this means that what little chance there ever was of Simmons reprising his outstandingly well-cast role in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot (something he expressed an interest in recently) is gone for good. It’s the Marvel-verse’s loss, but DC and Warner Bros.’ gain.


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