When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters in the spring of 2016, fans will not only get a brand new Batman, with Ben Affleck portraying The Dark Knight, but also another version of his faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth, played by Jeremy Irons. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the actor at the Marrakech Film Festival, where he received a lifetime achievement award. There, he offered new details on the character. He explains this version of character:
"He is quite a different Alfred than we have seen so far. Zack Snyder had very clear views about what he wanted. I would just say he's more hands-on perhaps than just a butler."
It isn't clear if Jeremy Irons is implying that his version of Alfred may get involved in some of the action in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the actor did add that it's "not a large role". It's worth noting that, in the comic book Batman: Earth One, Alfred was a former solider in the Royal Marines, who is an expert sharpshooter and martial artist. In that comic book, Bruce Wayne receives most of his training from Alfred himself, which also mirrors the direction Fox is taking in their DC Comics TV series Gotham, where Alfred (Sean Pertwee) is currently training young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) how to fight.
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