In the immortal words of the Daily Bugle, he’s back! The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively revealed that J.K. Simmons is in negotiations to reprise his role as Commissioner James Gordon in HBO Max’s Batgirl film. The tremendously popular actor first appeared in the role for 2017’s Justice League, with more of his scenes being revealed in this year’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League expansion. It had previously been a topic of debate as to whether or not Simmons would ever play Gordon again, with Warner Bros seemingly moving away from the cinematic universe established by Zack Snyder. For example, actor Jeffrey Wright is set to take over the role in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Simmons has mentioned before that he had a desire to return to the role, and already had a contract for more movies, so it’s good to see those promises may actually be fulfilled.
Batgirl will be helmed by directing partners Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who are best known for reviving the Bad Boys franchise with Bad Boys For Life. The script was written by breakout Christina Hodson, who previously wrote the screenplays for Birds of Prey and the upcoming The Flash project. It was confirmed just days ago that up-and-coming actress Leslie Grace will don the cape and cowl for the film, becoming the first Batgirl on film since Alicia Silverstone held the role in 1997’s Batman & Robin. It’s unknown what the plot of the film will entail, but the consistent flow of casting updates is good news for those of us who can’t wait for new information much longer.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter