Batman V Superman: Alfred is more than just a butler

Jeremy Irons explains why Batman V Superman will see a different side to Alfred Pennyworth

AlfredWith all the hubbub surrounding the superhero casting in Batman V Superman and the Justice League, we’ve not heard a lot about the supporting cast.

Speaking to THR at the Marrakech Film Festival, Jeremy Irons opened up about what we can expect from his take on Alfred Pennyworth in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

“He is quite a different Alfred than we have seen so far. Zack Snyder had very clear views about what he wanted,” he said. “I would just say he’s more hands-on perhaps than just a butler.”

He also noted that his role in the film was “not a large role,” which doesn’t come as a huge surprise.

After seeing Michael Caine’s broken-voiced voice of reason, and of course Michael Gough’s dry-witted, Vichyssoise-serving moral compass, we’re intrigued to see what Irons will bring to the character. At first glance he would seem to be more of the Gough school, rather than Sean Pertwee’s big-hearted drill sergeant that we’re currently seeing on Gotham.

However, Irons’ hands-on comments would tie in to the general The Dark Knight Returns theme, with a reluctant Alfred forced to patch up Bruce as he pushes himself beyond his limits.

The Dark Knight Returns
Alfred scolds Master Bruce in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns

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