Filling the shoes of Michael Caine, an Oscar-winning actor, can be a difficult task. He gave us a lasting view of a major Batman character in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, and it came as no surprise that another Oscar winner, Jeremy Irons, would be hired to take on a role as critical as Alfred Pennyworth -- Batman's butler, surrogate father, and lifelong friend.
Yesterday, after pondering some concept artwork of Alfred as a tail gunner on a massive aircraft, IGN's Jim Vekvoda was able to delve into the mind of Jeremy Irons and ask Alfred's views of the huge superhero-filled world that Bruce Wayne resides in, and Alfred's role in it.
"I think he's waiting with baited breath to see what is going to happen. 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 of one of them. It'll be very interesting to see where he gets to, when we get to Ben'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."
Just an aside, these comments confirm the comments from Ben Affleck that the shooting for The Batman will begin spring 2017, which we think is all the confirmation we’ll need going forward.
Anyways, Irons was further pressed about his role.
"Yeah, Alfred is a very hands-on... 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."
Ben Affleck has confirmed the main antagonist for the upcoming Batman movie will be Deathstroke, a character more associated with Teen Titans or Green Arrow (in the CW hit series), and Iron's was asked how he felt about not having a mainstream Batman villain (anti-hero) in the film.
"No, I'm just interested. I'm interested and I'd hold judgement 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."
Do you guys think Deathstroke will make a perfect villain? Also, will the writers take on a more modern badass version of Alfred? Lets hear what you have to say.
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