by Justin Cook
J.K. Simmons, who recently earned an Oscar nomination for his terrifying and terrific performance as the abusive music conductor Terence Fletcher in last year’s Whiplash, may possibly be reprising one of his most iconic roles.
While being interviewed by Howard Stern on his Sirius XM talk show, Simmons hinted at his return to the role of J. Jonah Jameson, the fast-talking Daily Bugle editor-in-chief from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
The conversation between him and Stern went as follows:
Stern: “Hey, we doing another (Spider-Man) or what?”
Simmons: “I just heard that we…that’s a possibility.”
Stern: “Would you do it?”
This little dialogue is in no way a confirmation, and probably means that we would have a long way to go before seeing Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson once again, but it is enough to keep hope alive that someday Simmons will return to the role.
Judging from the conversation, it sounds like Simmons has been approached about coming back to the role, perhaps from Marvel or Sony. On top of that, the actor sounds like he would be more than happy to play Jameson again.
Simmons consistently gave very strong performances in each of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, and perfectly embodied the obnoxious and ambitious nature of Jameson. The character quickly became a fan favorite, and was certainly a highlight of the original trilogy. In fact, when the Spider-Man franchise was rebooted with The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012, Simmons seemed to be the character that fans missed the most.
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 is scheduled for a 2018 release, but Sony has planned a couple of Spider-Man spin-off films — including Sinister Six in 2016 and a female-centered superhero film in 2017. Sony was disappointed with the box office results of last year’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so perhaps Simmons’ return could be the first step in getting the series back on track.
Source: The Howard Stern Show