There were many strong performances in Batman v Superman. Despite the lackluster response by fans and critics to the film, this is a fact that cannot be denied. Jeremy Iron’s portrayal of Alfred Pennyworth, though brief in terms of screen time, tops this list. With so many major characters in the film from Batman’s and Superman’s world, Iron’s truly made the most impact of his screen time without the need for super-powers. Now, he faces a similar situation as he reprises his role in Zak Snyder’s Justice League. Iron’s recently sat with IGN and spoke with them about his feelings on being the token mortal amongst so many super-powered meta-humans in the film.
“I think he’s waiting with baited breath to see what is going to happen,” Irons stated. “He’s in the employ of Bruce Wayne and he doesn’t always agree with him but I think he’ll help where he can. And I’m not sure in Justice League we’ll see that much of him because we have five superheroes to deal with and Alfred is just the batman [a term for the soldier-servant of a commissioned officer in the British military] of one of them. It’ll be very interesting to see where he gets to, when we get to Ben [Affleck’s] production of Batman this spring. I haven’t read the script of it yet. I think all of us who are sort of normal human beings, which Alfred is, we watch the gods with amazement and some spite.”
The role of Alfred Pennyworth in Batman’s world has evolved immensely over time. No longer do we see the character tuxedo-clad and carrying a serving tray. Now we see Alfred as a truly integral component in Batman’s war against crime. In BvS, we saw Alfred as a technical expert, assisting in the creation of Batman’s weaponry and co-piloting the Batwing by remote on missions. In Justice League, this is taken a step further as Alfred becomes the tail-gunner on The Flying Fox, an aircraft created by both Bruce and Alfred that also doubles as the League’s primary command center. Irons reveals that the inspiration behind Alfred’s ‘hands-on’ approach originates from a personal experience:
“Yeah, Alfred is a very hands-on,” the actor professed. “What I based Alfred on really was a close neighbor of mine, used to be before he died, Paul Getty. I remember the first time I went to dinner with him. I reached gates and a very kind gentleman took my car and parked it. I walked in and another very kind gentleman took my coat. And then Paul showed us through the hall and another very kind gentleman gave me a glass of champagne and then a very kind gentleman served us dinner. I learned during the evening that every kind gentleman who had been taking care of me was actually an ex-SAS member who was there to protect Paul. I thought, yeah, that’s Alfred really. He’s there. He’ll do anything. That’s where he comes from. That’s his mindset. He’ll wash the dishes, but he’ll also be a tail gunner.”
In reference to Ben Affleck‘s solo Batman film, Irons had to say this: “I’m interested and I’d hold judgment until I read the script. We will see. Ben’s a great consummate director and I’ll be fascinated to see what he comes up with.” Since this interview with Irons, Ben Affleck has been quoted on record as guaranteeing personally to Irons that he will most definitely be busier in his Batman film. Can’t wait to see the character in action!
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