J.K. Simmons Unsure If The Batman Will Be Filmed Before Justice League Sequel

By Shawn Rice

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J.K. Simmons is the latest to state some confusion with the future of The Batman. Simmons, who will be playing Commissioner James Gordon in a small appearance for Justice League, said that he is unsure if he will be a part of The Batman. Late last week actor Joe Manganiello indicated that he is no longer certain about whether he will star in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” film.

Simmons will make his debut in the role in this Fall’s “Justice League” and was asked in a recent interview with Screen Crush about what is next for him. While he sounded hopeful to return to the role, Simmons did explain that he was uncertain when that will be:

“My part in the first film coming out this fall is very, very small… It’s a little introduction of the character. But whenever the next one gets off the ground, whether it’s ‘The Batman’ movie or the ‘Justice League’ sequel, and I know those things are getting shuffled around right now … we thought we might be getting to work pretty soon on ‘The Batman,’ but we’ll see what the future brings. Hopefully that’ll be another comic-book character that I get to take two or three or four cracks at.”

Of course, fans are certainly hoping that Simmons will get to play Commissioner Gordon again for the eventual sequel to Justice League. The second ensemble film is not expected to hit theaters until June 2019. Many expect Simmons to make an appearance in The Batman, but details about the standalone movie have been subject to change in recent months.

After Ben Affleck departed the feature as director, Warner Bros. brought Reeves in to take his place. The film is reportedly undergoing a full rewrite, so Simmons’ involvement with the film could be altered any which way. Certainly, fans will expect him to be in it. “The Batman” was originally set to begin shooting in the next couple of months, but now seems unlikely to shoot until late 2017/early 2018 with the film not opening until sometime in 2019.

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