The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that J.K. Simmons is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to reprise the role of Commissioner Gordon for the upcoming DC film Batgirl.
Batgirl, whose alias is most generally known to be that of Commissioner James Gordon’s daughter Barbara Gordon, first appeared in DC Comics in 1967 and has featured over various animated series, as well as live-action form on the small screen through Batman and Birds of Prey, as well as featuring on the big screen in Batman & Robin and recently The LEGO Batman Movie.
In recent times in the comics and other forms of media, especially with rebooted multiverse storylines, Jim Gordon has either been Barbara’s father or uncle-turned-adoptive father. J.K. Simmons originally portrayed the character in 2017’s Justice League, while getting more screentime in the restored cut of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. While bringing J.K. Simmons back into the fold is something I didn’t imagine happening, especially for this project, I definitely look forward to it as I felt Simmons wasn’t given much rub for the audience to get a real sense of what he could do with Commissioner Gordon.
The film is written by Christina Hodson, with filmmaking duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah set to direct, Kristin Burr serving as producer, and Leslie Grace cast as the lead. The film will become one of the first major DC properties to debut exclusively on the HBO Max streaming service in the US.