Marc Webb's New 'Spider-Man' Won't Have a J. Jonah Jameson?

January 18, 2011
Source: IGN

J. Jonah Jameson

We just got our first look at The Social Network star Andrew Garfield in full costume as Spider-Man for Marc Webb's new web-slinging franchise. Since filming is under way, and most of the major characters have been cast to include the likes of Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Sally Field as Aunt May and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, people seem to have forgotten about a role many were concerned about being re-cast. Because J.K. Simmons did such an amazing job playing The Daily Bugle editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise, we've been wondering who might replace him. Now we may have an answer.

According to IGN, the perpetually grouchy, cheap and loudmouthed newspaper head will not be appearing in this franchise reboot. Well, he won't be appearing in the first film anyway. Rumors (which we didn't report on) awhile back pegged John Slattery ("Mad Men") and Sam Elliot (The Big Lebowski) as potential candidates, but it sounds like they weren't true after all. This makes sense considering the film is well into production and we haven't heard one iota of solid information about casting the character.

However, IGN is quick to point out that this does not mean The Daily Bugle does not play a party in the film since new set photos have shown the newspaper delivery vans nearby. This is definitely a  bit disappointing, but with the story including Peter Parker's parents and two villains, the movie does seem crowded already. If anything changes we'll be sure to let you know, but for now we may have to wait to see J. Jonah Jameson later in this new Spider-Man franchise. Disappointed?

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  • Anonymous
    Simmons has to be re-casted, he was J. Jonah Jameson.
  • Cody W.
    Still have a bad feeling about this altogether.
  • Eyepatchlarry
    God fucking damnit. This just is not good, at all.
  • fem!anon
    I'm still very optimistic about this movie. Nothing can change my mind! Any news on who's doing the score?
  • Really on the fence about not having that character. I am still on the fence about the spider-man remake to be honest.
  • Scottyr37
    Since Amazing Spider-Man #1, JJJ has been a part of Spider-Man history. Leaving him out is strange.
  • Better to not have JJ around at all than to have a shitty recast.
    • I agree. He's such an important part but I'd rather have no JJ than some hack trying to one up Simmons' spot on performance.
  • Croniccris
    well if he isn't in the movie they must be focusing more on him in high school and being spider man before he has to work....
  • Anonymous
    Not surprised at all the SONY SPIDER is going to be some of the worst trash in many years to come, Marvels biggest mistake (Ultimates) is in no way a guide except for maybe how not to do spider man. I personally would like to see Spidey as he actually was in the beginning, constantly trying to use his spider man persona to make money, the villains back then usually just got in the way of him making some cash. Turning this into MCR, twilight, ultimate Spider man is just gonna suck!
  • Haz
    No one personified J.J. like Simmons. I was blown away and laughed my ass off every time they shown him. It helped stomach Tobey's milk toast Spiderman.
  • AB
    I was out when they announced this re-boot/re-make and this news further vindicates my decision.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    I guess old J. Jonah is not hip enough for the young audience that the reboot is aimed at. I guess Jonah and The Daily Bugle will be replaced by Mark Zukerberg and Facebook.
    • Jericho
    • SmokeyMcPot
      now copyrights of sony
  • D Nirro
    I sure hope the Daily Bugle plays a "party" in this one!
  • Jericho
    as long as its just going to be THIS movie..then i will let it slide........
  • Voice of Reason
    Simmons is untouchable. Has any other character transcended re-boots before? If not Simmons should, he nailed that character. I'm okay with this though, I can wait till the next movie before Pete becomes a working man, rather not see JJJ crammed in there (unless its a novel Stan Lee cameo?).
  • Trat73
    I don't get not having JJJ in the movie. Most of Spider-man's career had him always trying to evade the police, mostly because of the smear campaign set up by JJJ at the Bugle.
  • Angry Chief
    I weep at this news. ;_;
  • Anonymous
    Probably better they didn't try to recast; like you said it's crowded already. Also I think if they did, people might focus more on a recast J.J.J. (rather than Garfield recast as Parker) and cite it as a biased gripe they have with the film. Did that make any sense?:P
  • interl0per
    This entire reboot is bullshit. Is that what Hollywood is going to do now? If the first attempt doesnt do well they will just try until we love it or? Honestly I thought the first two Spiderman movies were pretty good, if anything it just needs a remake of the dreadful third portion. Ive done Spiderman, I wont be giving a damn about this one unless it ends up being the next Batman Begins.
  • grapefruit
    Simmons is JJJ. No other actor can play the part like he did. He was perfect.
  • Said
    it does sound pretty crowded but still they should let Simmons play JJJ.
  • voodoo2
    The first two movies were OK, but the Parker/Snaggletooth "romance" was boring as hell. And Raimi's camera schtick got a bit tiresome too. And those musical numbers... what were they thinking. I won't even go into the third movie... Should be interested to see what this new interpretation is like.
    • Nextevolution
      Amen. Snaggletooth. That is genius. How i hate her...
  • Emix88
    I loved JJJ's performance, but surely his character doesn't belong in an otherwise completely re-designed Spiderman universe?
  • Anonymous
    Hoffman: Mr. Jameson they are very important clients, they can't wait. J. Jonah Jameson: They're about to. He created some hilarious moments, if any. Sigh.
  • Barto
    this just keeps getting worse..
  • DustinS.
    He won't be in the first. He has to be in the 2nd. I can understand him not being in the first, maybe it could make for better story line for the 2nd, including Jamison and Scorpion......
  • DustinS.
    I liked Simmons but face it, Jamison was more of an asshole, but its gonna be tough to top Simmons




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