Actor Jeremy Irons, in a recent interview with The Daily Mail, talked about his involvement in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming Justice League film. His version of Alfred Pennyworth was in the vein of the more modern versions of being more experienced in warfare and a bid more sarcastic. Irons addressed some of the negative response BvS received.
Deservedly so. I mean it took £800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed… It was very muddled. I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear.
As to his take on one of the most famous butler characters in entertainment being more of an ass-kicker:
I had dinner a few times with Paul Getty, who was a neighbour of mine in Oxfordshire. You’d arrive for dinner and there’d be a very nice man to open the gate, a very nice man to park your car, another very nice man to take your coat and another very nice man to give you some champagne. They were all ex-SAS. So the whole place was surrounded by this level of threat, and I thought, “Yeah, that’s Alfred.”
If I was Mr and Mrs Wayne and I had a young son I thought could be kidnapped, killed or whatever because of his wealth, I’d make sure his guardian – his tutor, his mate – was somebody pretty capable.
Irons will next appear as Alfred in Justice League Part 1 due out November 17th, 2017.