We haven’t seen J. Jonah Jameson, Peter Parker’s bombastic, Spider-Man-hating newspaper boss, in a live-action Spider-Man movie since 2007, when J.K. Simmons perfectly embodied that character for director Sam Raimi. (Jameson didn’t appear on camera in The Amazing Spider-Man movies, but he did respond to Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker in an e-mail.) We also haven’t seen him appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet, but it sounds like that’s going to change in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home. Read on to discover what we learned on the set. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2009 by David Chen
Actor J.K. Simmons has revealed to MTV that he will return to play the Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson in the fourth Spider-Man film. According to Simmons, the role will be similar in scope to that seen in the first three Spidey films:
We’ve definitely brainstormed ideas for Triple-J, but I have no desire to make Triple-J more of the focus of those movies. The amount that I did in 1, 2 and 3, is just exactly right. Like be the wolf. Come in, blow in, do a week, blow out, be the comic relief, and hit the road. And let Tobey and everybody else do the heavy lifting.
Simmons also revealed that shooting is scheduled to begin in 2010, meaning the film will probably be released in summer 2011.
I’m a huge fan of Mr. Simmons, all the way back to his Law & Order days, but I thought that his J. Jonah Jameson in the films was a bit too much of a caricature for my tastes. The Jameson from the comics always struck me as a bit more complex, tortured, and/or nuanced than the cartoon-like Jameson from Sam Raimi’s series. None of that reflects on Simmons of course; I’m certain he’ll continue to make the best out of what little he’s given. But either way, it’s not like audiences really seem to care about the quality of these films anyway.
Discuss: Are you looking forward to Spider-Man 4?