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Batgirl: J.K. Simmons in Negotiations to Return as Commissioner Gordon

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J.K. Simmons is often associated with his iconic portrayal of Marvel Comics character J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy but the actor also turned the heads of DC fans with his portrayal of Commissioner Jim Gordon in Justice League. Simmons originally signed a three-picture deal with Warner Bros. that would have seen him reprise the role in the supposed Justice League sequel and Ben Affleck's canned The Batman project.

Obviously, both projects are no longer happening but the veteran actor has previously expressed his desire to continue playing Commissioner Gordon in the DC Extended Universe given the opportunity. Now, Simmons may have just gotten his wish as The Hollywood Reporter reports that the 66-year-old actor is currently in negotiations to appear in HBO Max's Batgirl film which found its lead actress in Leslie Grace. No other details about his potential casting were disclosed but it's safe to assume that Simmons is already locked for the project.

Also Read: Leslie Grace Shares Awesome Batgirl Poster Following Barbara Gordon Casting

Now that Barbara Gordon's standalone film is confirmed to be set within the DCEU, it'll be interesting to see if Affleck will somehow be involved in the project given of course Bruce Wayne's affiliation with Batgirl. Rumor has it though that Affleck is officially exiting the franchise after The Flash and is being replaced permanently by Michael Keaton which only makes matters even more complicated than they already are. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how everything plays out but it's nice that the streaming service finally got the ball rolling with the project which has long been in developmental hell.

No official release date has been announced for Batgirl.

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