Actor J.K. Simmons has played an integral comic book character for multiple comic book franchises over the years. He became iconic at Marvel. Dabbled in DC. Became a beloved meme at Skybound. Now, Simmons is rumored to be circling back around to DC Comics for HBO Max’s “Batgirl” film.
Per The Hollywood Reporter:
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.
In the Heights breakout Leslie Grace nabbed the titular role last week. Bad Boys for Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are directing from a script by Christina Hodson, the DC mainstay behind Birds of Prey and the upcoming The Flash. Kristin Burr is producing.
Plot details are being kept in the Gotham library, but the project is looking to be released in 2022 on the WarnerMedia streaming service.
However if Simmons does reprise the role does this now mean the Batgirl film is set in the original DCEU with films like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Shazam, and Man of Steel?
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.