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J.K. Simmons Didn’t Get Jacked For ‘Justice League’ But To ‘Give His Wife Some Eye Candy’

A photo of the actor looking super buff in the gym spread on the internet a couple of years back. Fans thought Simmons was beefing up for his DC role.

Warner Bros. chose J.K. Simmons to play Commissioner Jim Gordon in ‘Justice League’ in 2017. The actor’s gym photo went viral on social media at that time. He recently talked about it to ComicBook:

“Here’s the thing about getting jacked for ‘Justice League.’ I had done a movie called, ‘I’m Not Here,’ coincidentally, written and directed by my wife. I played a character who was emaciated, think of ‘The Machinist,’ and I had lost a ton of weight, and without being unhealthy I’d lost 35 pounds.”

He Did It For His Wife

Simmons appeared in Joss Whedon’s ‘Justice League.’ He also had extra screen time in ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ four years later. Rumors said his workout meant action scenes for Gordon in these films. But the actor revealed the real deal:

“So, when I went back into the gym with my pal, Aaron Williamson, and just started pounding the protein and going crazy at good old Gold’s Gym in Laurel Canyon in the valley. And the press got ahold of it and said, because I was about to do Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League,’ the assumption was, ‘Oh, well, he’s getting jacked so he can be in a DC comic.’”

He continued:

“But if you think about it, Commissioner Gordon wears a trench coat the whole movie. So, it really doesn’t matter what his biceps look like, it was just coincidental timing with me trying to reclaim my distant athletic youth and trying to stay fit and give my wife some eye candy.”

Simmons As Jim Gordon

The actor later shot more scenes as the Commissioner for ‘Batgirl.’ He was going to play opposite Leslie Grace’s Barbara Gordon and Michael Keaton’s Batman. However, Warner Bros. Discovery dropped this project. It’s now unclear if he will be back in the DCU.

The DC Studios is working on the script for a new Batman movie. They still didn’t cast the actors for the Dark Knight and his ally in Gotham.

The new DC Universe will start with a ‘Superman’ movie on July 11, 2025.

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