J.K. Simmons on filming ‘Justice League’: ‘That was a really fun set’

LONDON, Sept. 8 (UPI) — J.K. Simmons has detailed his time spent filming Warner Bros. upcoming superhero ensemble film Justice League calling it “a really fun set.”

“My part is done. They are filming that for basically most of 2016, so some of the superheroes are still at work in jolly old London, but I’m back home with my family,” the actor explained to Entertainment Tonight about wrapping up his part as trusted Batman ally Commissioner Gordon.


Simmons also laid out how most of his scenes in the film involve interactions with Ben Affleck‘s Dark Knight along with other members of the superhero team.

“Yeah, mostly with Ben. In this first installment of the Justice League, Commissioner Gordon is not a particularly sizable part. We just kind of introduce him and see a little bit of his interactions with Batman — and with most of the Justice League,” he said.

Simmons then compared Justice League director Zack Snyder to filmmaker Lorene Scafaria who worked with the 61-year-old recently on The Meddler alongside Susan Sarandon.

“Zack [Snyder] runs sort of a big, happy family and it’s obviously, in many ways, a very different work environment when you’re working on a big, giant movie like that than a relatively small movie like The Meddler. But at the end of the day, the director is the one who sets the tone. And one of the things that Zack and Lorene [Scafaria] have in common is they’re just nice, smart, competent, fun people that you don’t mind spending a 12-hour day with,” Simmons shared.

Simmons was cast as Commissioner Gordon back in March and takes on the role following Gary Oldman portraying the character in director Christopher Nolan‘s most recent The Dark Knight trilogy. Ben McKenzie currently portrays the character in Fox’s Batman prequel series drama, Gotham.

The Oscar winning actor is no stranger to comic book adaptations as he famously appeared as disgruntled newspaper editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson in the original Spider-Man trilogy alongside Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi.

Justice League opens in theaters Nov. 17, 2017.



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