Jeremy Irons Talks Alfred's Role in Justice League & The Batman
This spring's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice helped establish Warner Bros.' DCEU, which introduced Ben Affleck's Batman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League, Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). The movie also introduced Jeremy Irons' Alfred Pennyworth, who will return in the highly-anticipated Justice League and the standalone movie The Batman. Jeremy Irons revealed in a new interview that we'll see much more of Alfred in at least one of those movies.
Variety caught up with Jeremy Irons, who is promoting his new drama The Man Who Knew Infinity, where the actor teased that he'd have a sizable role in The Batman. However, when asked if he'll have a bigger role in Justice League, the actor revealed he will have a role comparable to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Here's what he had to say below, when asked if he'll have more to do in Justice League.
"Similar, but then, of course, Ben's going to make a Batman film next summer. He promises me there's going to be a bit more of Alfred in that. In the Justice League we have seven major lead characters and I'm the butler to one of them. It's clear I will not be dominating that film. I love working with Ben and Zack Snyder. They've been fun."
Jeremy Irons is certainly not the first actor to play the iconic Alfred Pennyworth, but it was clear that this version of the character was much different than previous incarnations. As it turns out, the actor was inspired by men who worked for the actor's late neighbor, Paul Getty. Here's what he had to say about the men who inspired his version of Alfred Pennyworth.
"I remember an evening with Paul Getty, who was a neighbor of mine, now sadly dead. We drove up to his lovely house. A very nice gentleman opened up the car door. Then another very nice gentleman took the car and parked it somewhere. Another nice gentleman took my coat. And then another nice gentleman gave me a glass of champagne. And all those nice gentlemen were SAS. I thought, that's Alfred. He's a man who will take care of his boss, whether he's making coffee or pouring champagne or flying his airplane."
Production recently wrapped on Justice League, which is set for release on November 17, 2017, with reports surfacing that filming begins on Ben Affleck's The Batman in the Spring of 2017. It hasn't been confirmed that filming will begin at that time yet, and Warner Bros. hasn't set an official release date quite yet. Now that filming has wrapped on Justice League, hopefully the first trailer will arrive soon.