Gary Oldman’s stellar reputation was already set in stone before his performances as Jim Gordon in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.
But, somehow, the actor was able to elevate his reputation even more with his portrayals as the beloved character. Obviously, with The Dark Knight Rises, Gary Oldman’s tenure as Jim Gordon came to an end.
But with the release of both Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Warner Bros. have established a DC Extended Universe that Jim Gordon will once again fit snugly into.
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To make sure that audiences can differentiate between Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the upcoming films, Gary Oldman has been replaced in this role by J.K. Simmons, the recent recipient of an Academy Award for his performance in Whiplash.
Obviously, Gary Oldman doesn’t hold any ill will towards J.K. Simmons for landing the coveted role of Commissioner Gordon in Justice League Part One. In fact, while speaking to Yahoo, via Comic Book Movie, the English thespian offered some advice to J.K. Simmons.
“The thing you’ve got to get used to with Gordon is he’s a really sound detective, first of all. And he’s really incorruptible, which is a kind of wonderful quality to play and sort of, like, true blue. He’s like a Watson, oddly. He’s sort of like Watson to Sherlock, is Gordon to Batman,” Gary Oldman insisted.
Currently, we don’t know too much about J.K. Simmons’ version of Commissioner Jim Gordon. However, the character is an integral part of the Batman mythology, proving to be a huge ally to the masked vigilante as he looks to battle Gotham’s most evil individuals.
Lyle Talbot and Neil Hamilton portrayed Commissioner Jim Gordon in the serial film series Batman and Robin and the 1960s television series Batman, respectively.
Pat Hingle took the part in 1989’s Batman and the follow-ups Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin, before Gary Oldman made his debut as the character.
But at the same time as J.K. Simmons’ portrayal as Jim Gordon in Justice League Part One, Ben McKenzie will also be playing a younger version of the character in the television series Gotham.
Following the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Warner Bros. are now in various stages of production on Wonder Woman, Justice League Part One, and Suicide Squad.
Wonder Woman is coming towards the end of its shoot, while Justice League Part One will begin this week, and the studio are currently filming reshoots on Suicide Squad, too.
After these films are released, Warner Bros. are, currently, planning to follow them with The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps, and Justice League Part Two, all of which are currently in different stages of development.
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But the fact that Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has been a huge disappointment both critically and financially for Warner Bros. means that this could all change, though.
The Zack Snyder film was critically savaged by film journalists, and it currently has a score of just 29% percent on Rotten Tomatoes, while it also looks unlikely to reach the $1 billion box office target that Warner Bros. had earmarked for the film. It is yet to reach $750 million at the box office, and its intake has currently slowed down to a crawl.
It’s now up to Suicide Squad to save the reputation of the cinematic universe, and we’ll see if it can do that when the blockbuster is released on August 5, 2016.
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