US-ENTERTAINMENT-FILM-AWARDS-SPIRITJ.K. Simmons is trading in one iconic comic book supporting character for another: After originating the role of newsman J. Jonah Jameson in Marvel's first three "Spider-Man" flicks, Simmons will now play Batman ally Commissioner James Gordon in DC's upcoming "Justice League" film.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that the Oscar winner has joined up with the rival comic powerhouse, quashing fans' hopes that he would reprise his Jameson role in Marvel's upcoming threeboot of the "Spider-Man" franchise. But Simmons didn't earn that Oscar for nothing; the chameleonic actor will no doubt shine as Gordon, a key figure in Batman's storyline.

The importance of that Batman connection is perhaps one of the reasons why Simmons nabbed the part: He recently co-starred with current Bruce Wayne actor Ben Affleck in the action flick "The Accountant," which is due out this fall. Though no official word has come from either actor, it would make sense if Affleck encouraged Simmons to take the Gordon role if they enjoyed working together before.

However he wound up as part of the production, Simmons's presence in the ensemble adds another level of gravitas to the heavily-anticipated epic, which also co-stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher. We can't wait to see him in action.

"Justice League: Part One" starts production in April. It hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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