"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," the actor told Entertainment Weekly. "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!'"
Although many fans thought they'd gotten a preview of a buff, badass Jim Gordon early last month when a photo surfaced of the 61-year-old actor pumping iron, Simmons explained earlier this week his muscles have nothing to do with his "Justice League" role.
"This is all coincidental. After the second and final time that I got hugely fat in my life and when I lost that weight six or seven years ago, I pretty much decided that I was going to stay in decent shape for the rest of my life. [...] I'm not going to mess with something that iconic."
Simmons, who's returning to London to finish work on "Justice League," told EW that it's already "been a fun experience, and knock wood, if it continues, then I'll hopefully get to play Commissioner Gordon in a handful of movies."
Presumably that "handful" includes the second "Justice League" movie and Ben Affleck's solo outing as Batman.
"Justice League" opens Nov. 17, 2017.