For anyone who has seen the original Spiderman trilogy directed by Sam Rami (it should be noted Rami did not want to the third film) know how much of a treat it was to see J.K. Simmons portray the infamous J. Jonah Jameson, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle. If there was ever a case of the right person being cast in the role, Simmons was perfectly cast, know one could have done it better.
Ever since the conclusion of the trilogy, fans have been longing for Simmons to be recast as Jameson in any Spiderman film, he wasn’t included in either of the Amazing Spiderman movies, so now fans are dying to see him cast in the 2017 Spiderman movie that Marvel will release after striking up a deal with Sony Pictures to use Spiderman in the MCU. It has gotten to the point where a petition has been started.
Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly who caught Simmons red carpet of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, where they informed him of the Spiderman reboot and the petition going around to have him recast by Marvel and Sony in the role of J. Jonah Jameson, here is what he has to say:
“That petition does not come from anybody that is in a position to actually do anything about it”
It didn’t sound like he was overly excited about the fans getting behind him, but then again he does have a point, petitions don’t always get things done, especially in the movie industry. Fans can sign it as many times as they wish, it does not guarantee that Sony or Marvel will listen to them. However, Simmons did leave the door open to a return to the character, this is what he had to say:
“Doing those movies with Sam was one of the great joys of my career, and it was a super fun character…so I’ll never close the door on anything.”
So he is open to a return, which can give fans some form of hope that if talk between Simmons, Marvel and Sony do take place, Simmons would be open to return as Jameson.
What do you guys think? Should Marvel and Sony recast Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson? Should they cast someone else? Let us know in the comments below.