J.K. Simmons might currently be busy as the DCEU’s Commissioner Gordon, but the actor is no stranger to ‘staches and superhero films based on on Marvel’s characters. Though he’s a respected actor with a long career, te role that really placed him in the national spotlight was his take as an irascible yet lovable J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. And although that film series wrapped more than a decade ago, the Oscar winner will not rule out a return to the character.
“Never say never,” Simmons said in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I had an amazing time with Sam Raimi and those movies… that was a great, great time and huge for my career and my life and just pure fun.” He also added that “an opportunity to revisit” the character would be incredibly tempting.
Simmons’ iteration became so synonymous with Jameson that Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man films elected to exclude recasting the Daily Bugle editor altogether. Now that Peter Parker is in the midst of a renaissance within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, there could be an opportunity for the character to resurface.
The actor’s reprisal of the character would surely be a crowd-pleaser, regardless of any canonical issues his casting might cause. Several Change.org petitions have been generated over the last few years begging Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige to bring Simmons back into the friendly neighborhood fold, with one garnering 2,850 supporters back in 2015.
Although there is no news, concrete or otherwise, on whether Simmons will ever get his spot back at the Daily Bugle, his next comic book film appearance can be seen on November 17 when Justice League releases in theaters nationwide. The film also stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf.
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