Earlier this year, Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe (DCEU) fully kicked off with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which showed Superman (Henry Cavill) from 2013's Man of Steel squaring off with Ben Affleck's Batman. While the movie fared well at the box office, with $330.3 million domestically and $873.2 million worldwide, from a $250 million budget, it was considered a disappointment by many fans and critics alike. In response to the fans' reactions, several within the DCEU have teased there will be a "course correction" with the upcoming Justice League movie, but don't expect one particular character to change much.
DC Films president Geoff Johns teased in an interview earlier this year that Justice League won't be as dark and gritty as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, although he wouldn't offer any specific details. Coming Soon caught up with Jeremy Irons, who was promoting his new movie Assassin's Creed, in theaters December 21. When asked if this new approach has affected his character, Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth, the actor had this to say, hinting about how he interacts with members of the Justice League.
"No, Alfred is a stickler for staying the same. He tries to modulate everybody else. In a very gentle, English way he tries to deal with these people who can do all these extraordinary things in a very calm way, a very grounded way. He does not modulate at all. He sometimes lets Bruce Wayne out a bit on the lead, but he's still attached."
Jeremy Irons revealed in another interview a few months ago that Alfred Pennyworth will have a "similar" role in Justice League as he did in Batman v Superman, stating he clearly won't be "dominating" the film. However, he did add that Ben Affleck promised him a bigger role in his stand-alone movie, entitled The Batman, which may take Justice League Part 2's old release date of June 14, 2019. Warner Bros. hasn't issued a definitive release date for The Batman, but a report from earlier this week revealed that the studio pushed Justice League Part 2 out of its previously-set 2019 date to make room for The Batman.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat in Justice League. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Justice League wrapped production in October, with Warner Bros. setting a November 17, 2017 release date.