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JK Simmons in talks to return as Commissioner Gordon for HBO Max’s ‘Batgirl’ film

Light up the Bat-signal! JK Simmons reportedly set to return as Commissioner Gordon.

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The Hollywood Reporter (THR) just reported that JK Simmons is officially in talks to reprise his role of Commissioner Jim Gordon for the upcoming HBO Max “Batgirl solo film. 

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Simmons made his debut as Gordon in “Justice League”(2017) but only appeared in a couple of scenes. However, the character did have a more prominent role in Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of the film which was released back on March 18, 2021. In addition to Simmons being tapped to the project, it was recently announced that “In The Heights” star Leslie Grace will play the lead role of Barbara Gordon, otherwise known as Batgirl. 

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. 

It seems only time will tell. 

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Jim Gordon has been played by a slew of actors over the years, including Lyle Talbot in the 1949 serial “Batman and Robin,” Neil Hamilton in the “1960’s Batman” TV series, Pat Hingle in the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher “Batman” movie franchise, Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” films, Ben Mckenzie on the Fox “Gotham” Series which ran for five consecutive seasons from 2014 to 2019, and Jeffrey Wright who will make his debut as the iconic character in the upcoming “The Batman” film from director Matt Reeves.

As of now, no plot details have been revealed about the film. The “Batgirl” movie will debut on HBO Max marking one of the first major DC properties to premiere exclusively on the streamer. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (“Ms. Marvel” Disney+ series) will direct from a script by Christina Hodson (“Bumblebee”, “Birds of Prey”, “The Flash”) who wrote the most recent script. Kristin Burr is producing. 

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No official release date has been confirmed by Warner Media for “Batgirl” on HBO Max. THR reported it’s possible the Batgirl film will arrive in 2023 on the streaming platform. 

Brendan Rooney

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