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Is J.K. Simmons getting terrifyingly buff for Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ movie?

Do J.K. Simmons' impressive workout pictures signal a new look for Commissioner Gordon in 'Justice League'?


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 8, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 3:46 pm CDT

Actor J.K. Simmons has gone through an astonishing transformation since the last time you saw him onscreen. Judging by some new photos posted on social media, he’s become shockingly ripped.

Fitness instructor and retired U.S. marine Aaron Williamson shared the photos on Instagram, showing the 61-year-old actor with a full beard and bulging muscles.

While it’s possible that Simmons simply decided to spend more time at the gym, it’s more likely that he’s training for his role as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League.

Every time we train together I forget he’s 61 years old. So much respect for this guy. #JKSimmons #OldManCranking

A photo posted by Aaron Williamson (@aaronvwilliamson) on

The Batman v Superman sequel began filming in April, and Simmons already said that he’d be arriving on set in June. However, no one was expecting him to follow in Ben Affleck‘s footsteps and put on this much muscle for the role. 

While Simmons’ Oscar-winning turn in Whiplash did require him to work out, that was nowhere near as intense as doing weight training with a former U.S. marine.

If Gordon is really going to look like this in Justice League, then it’s an entertainingly on-brand choice from director Zack Snyder. After the eye-poppingly muscular warriors of 300, and Bruce Wayne’s gratuitous workout scene in Batman v Superman, it’s clear that Snyder prefers his action heroes to look like they spend at least three hours in the gym every day. And apparently, that now includes Gotham City’s 60-something police commissioner. 

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*First Published: Jun 8, 2016, 10:57 am CDT