Geekery: 1st Look – Justice League’s Jim Gordon

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Our first look at JK Simmons on set is spectacular.

Setting arguments about the DC movies aside: this is simply a great image. It has a film noir feel that harks back to classic detective comics. It makes me wish they’d make a movie shot to match it – in this style with an old Hollywood feel. Ah… one can dream…

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Until Christopher Nolan brought Frank Miller’s Jim Gordon to the screen he was just a side character outside of the comics. Before the Dark Knight triolgy Gordon was portrayed by directors as an incompetent policeman that was great at randomly shouting things and turning on the bat signal. Miller and Nolan – with help from Gary Oldman’s performance – raised him into public consciousness as a solid character that holds a very human relationship with Batman.

If we get one nice thing out of Justice League I hope it’s the continuation of that relationship, and a wise use of JK Simmons’ acting chops. This image looks great – we’ll only know if it’s actually great when the movie comes out.

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In other Warner Brothers news:

The CW is releasing a new app that will allow you to stream all of their shows on any device – including DC favorites The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. It’s being reported that they will stop offering day after streaming on Hulu in the near future. If you want to keep up with your shows sign up here to find out when you can download it.

What are your thoughts on Zack Snyder’s take on Jim Gordon?

  • euansmith

    Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck.

  • Statham

    Nolan doesn’t really deserve that much credit for making Gordon a prominent character; he just translated the characterisation that was already there into his take on Batman – Gordon had been a competent cop for over two decades at that point, including in the fantastic Animated Series. Oldman did a great job, granted, but this just reeks of picking two prominent names out of a hat to justify some more content in an article.

    • WellSpokenMan

      On the other hand, if the author hadn’t written the article in the first place you wouldn’t have the venue to try to make yourself look superior by tossing out a couple of sentences of critique instead of actually creating content yourself. It’s a win-win.

      • Statham

        Sure is. Having opinions is great!

    • Three names. This isn’t an article about the animated series or comics, it’s one about live action movies. I’m sorry I didn’t make that clear enough for you. I’ll do better next time.

      • Statham

        You named Frank Miller, Christopher Nolan, and Gary Oldman as people who made Gordon a prominent, competent character to the general public. Miller is a comic-book writer and made his most prominent story with Gordon in the 80’s, so you therefore invoked comics, and Gordon’s portrayal in the BTAS show was prominent and portrayed him as more competent cop, long before the DKT. So.. Yeah.

        • euansmith

          I really enjoyed Gotham Central, with Montoya and Bullock. That was an ace series and did a great job of showing just how horrible Batman’s villains would be to normal people. It didn’t feature Gordon, but, man, that was a great run of suspenseful stories and great characters.

        • Me

          A lot of adults do not take animated shows seriously, and my guess would be most of the general public never watched BTAS. I seriously know people who’s only recollection of Gordon was from the 60s live action series. That’s all anecdotal, but I do think that the Nolan series did a lot to bring the character forefront to the public.

  • Shawn

    I just watch the shows the next day on the CW website. I never miss an episode.

    • Ira Clements

      Entire seasons will be hitting Netflix after they wrap up starting this year rather than waiting for up to a year. They already started dropping Agents of Shield new season a week after in wrapped up its regular broadcast.

      • euansmith

        Thanks for the heads up.

  • Horus84cmd

    Synders always been solid at creating fantastic stills and comic-panel-shots for all his movies. Sadly, his recent record is seeming to prove that doesn’t necessarily translate to the movies with stories that aren’t a mess.

    I personally think is fair to say that 300 is the only Synder movie that is really good. I find it hard to count Dawn of the Dead as it was a almost shot for shot remake and he didn’t have a hand in the script. Everything else ranges from “what the meh” to “meh”.

    • 300 leaned really heavily on the graphic novel, which seems to have helped keep things on track.

      • Horus84cmd

        Yeah it helped that Mr Millar insisted on having a massive finger in the pie for that one.

    • Statham

      I still hate the changes to Watchmen. From the costumes, to the change of thing that destroys New York, to the insistence on treating scenes like a damn music video.. People bend over backwards to justify liking it, but I don’t get it at all. Awful, awful style over substance mess. I don’t need ‘I’m Your Boogieman’ playing in the background of the scene with the riots – I already know the Comedian is a government spook. That – along with his preposterous reliance on slo-mo just.. Ech.

      • euansmith

        The alteration to the characters of Owlman and Silk Spectre was another sucker punch. 😉

        • Me

          I see what you did there…

    • euansmith

      The title sequence to Watchmen, and the scene with Bruce Wayne looking at the photo of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman were both excellent… and both were composed of beautifully framed still shots 😀

      • Statham

        The title sequence for Watchmen was amazing. Easily the best part of the film, although I was a little uncertain about pushing the Minutemen as huge heroes, like the equivalent of say, the Justice Society or something; that, and Hollis Mason’s death going from being a shocking act of brutality against an elderly man to ‘old guy goes down in a blaze of glory’ just seemed.. Off.

  • Senexis

    Looks good, can’t wait

  • euansmith

    “What are your thoughts on Zack Snyder’s take on Jim Gordon?”

    I expect him to be changed from a noble, though flawed, paragon, in to a self serving misanthrope; just like all of Zach Snyder’s characters. However, he’ll look great in slo-mo profile in the rain.