J.K. Simmons is renowned for his performance as J. Jonah Jameson in director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, but his most recent turn as a comic book character was as Commissioner James Gordon in Zack Snyder's Justice League.
Despite the fact that Simmons impressed fans by getting into remarkable shape for the role, we may never see Simmons step into this iconic role in the DC Extended Universe again. However, Simmons was "optimistic" when he spoke to Collider about his future in the DCU, though he couldn't confirm any plans for him in any upcoming films.
"There are conversations going on, that I’m not going to make public," Simmons said. "As far as I know, there’s no opportunity, in the immediate future, for me to do more Commissioner Gordon, but I continue to be optimistic that it will happen again."
Since Justice League went through a famously troubled production and disappointed at the box office, the future of director Matt Reeves' The Batman and the rest of the DCEU has been murky. While Simmons admits to being in talks with the studio about his future, he notes nothing has really changed in recent months.
Still, Simmons adds he loves what he does and enjoys finding characters he can identify with, like Commissioner Gordon. "Whether it’s somebody we like or don’t like, or whether it’s somebody with a similar background to mine or somebody who’s very different, if I can identify with the psychology and the core of who the guy is, that’s really the main thing that I’m looking for," he said.
Simmons is currently appearing alongside Hugh Jackman in The Front Runner, in theaters now, and will star in the second season of Starz's Counterpart, which begins on Dec. 9.
DC's next major films are James Wan’s Aquaman, which is slated for release Dec. 21, David F. Sandberg’s Shazam!, which hits theaters April 5, 2019 and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984, which drops June 5, 2020. Birds of Prey will start filming soon and Matt Reeves' The Batman is still in the scripting stage.