A lot of comic book movie fans know J.K. Simmons as Spider-Man's short-tempered boss, J. Jonah Jameson, but now he's being introduced into the DC universe as Commissioner Jim Gordon. As it turns out, Simmons had no idea who Zack Snyder was prior to working with him on Justice League.
Talking to Entertainment Tonight, Simmons admits:
"I don't know anything about show business. My agent called and said, ‘Zack Snyder wants to meet with you,' and I was like, ‘Awesome. Who's that?' And he was like, ‘He's like one of the biggest directors.'"
Simmons then went on to say that he remained clueless even during his meeting with Snyder:
"[W]e were several minutes into the meeting when I kind of saw this quizzical look and he goes, ‘You have no idea why you're here, do you?'. He said, ‘Commissioner Gordon. I want you to play Commissioner Gordon.'"
Clearly, you don't have to know everyone who's working on the film to get the part, and Simmons was still cast as the new Jim Gordon. With Gary Oldman's version from the Dark Knight trilogy being the more modern iteration of the character, I have a feeling Simmons' Gordon will be more on the traditional side of things—trench coat and all.
Justice League is almost here, and you can catch it in theaters next week Nov. 17.