After winning over comic book fans with his portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson in the original Spider-Man trilogy, actor J.K. Simmons is prepping to jump to the other side of the fanboy fence to play Commissioner Jim Gordon in Warner Bros.'s Justice League - Part One - and presumably, the solo Batman movie. But according to Late Show host Stephen Colbert, is jumping from Marvel to DC movies even 'legal'?
"Can you legally do that?" Colbert asked during the actor's appearance on the CBS show Tuesday. "Do you need a special passport?"
"Yeah, and I don't have it yet," Simmons answered. "The paperwork is in progress. I start in a couple months, and I hope things will be sorted out by then."
Getting a bit more serious, Colbert asked the character actor if doing movies based on comic books in the past taught him anything he might use to play DC's Gordon.
"You know what? Honestly, when I was playing JJJ (as the Marvel people call him), I did my absolute best to just rip off the pages of the comic books," said Simmons. "Just a broad, comic relief, blowhard character. For Commissioner Gordon, I have some hard work to do. I've seen great actors play him, and I have to figure out my own take on him."
You can watch the full segment here:
Simmons is scheduled to debut as Gordon in Justice League, Part 1, scheduled for release November 17, 2017.