Imagine running into this man in a dark, sketchy alley in Gotham City. Be honest: You’d probably be just a little frightened.
His biceps and triceps look like something out of, well, a comic book. His unkempt, free-flowing beard conjures up images of a feral lumberjack, or that one legendary dude in your local gym who, even at age 61, still has the old man strength to bench press more than all the young punks.
So yeah: J.K. Simmons looks damn good in this photo.
Simmons typically gets casted as the friendly, cuddly type—he’s probably best known for his roles as the blind dad in the sitcom Growing Up Fisher, or his longtime run as the Farmer’s Insurance spokesperson. Hell, he’s the voice of the yellow M&M. And while he’s brought the heat before—as hard-charging, cigar-chomping newsman J. Jonah Jameson in the first Spider-Man movies, and in his Oscar-winning turn opposite Miles Teller in Whiplash as sadistic jazz teacher Terence Fletcher—at least back then he didn’t look like he could tear you limb from limb.
Those days are over.
For the past few months, Simmons has been training with Aaron Williamson, a ripped ex-Marine and personal trainer. That name ring a bell? It should: Williamson was also the driving force behind Zac Efron’s transformation from a teen High School Musical star into the ripped dude of Neighbors and Baywatch.
Williamson has also worked with other A-list celebrities, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Sylvester Stallone, and Jamie Foxx—so to say Simmons is in good hands would be a bit of an understatement.
Simmons will likely continue to train with Williamson through 2017, when the new DC/Warner Bros. movie Justice League premieres. So while stars like Henry Cavill (Superman) and Ben Affleck (Batman) might garner more buzz the coming months, you’d be wise not to forget about J.K. Simmons. Because if you find yourself wandering around Gotham late at night, you might just skip the Bat-signal and just call Commissioner Gordon’s office instead.
Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Affleck, Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, and Jesse Eisenberg, hits theaters on November 17, 2017.