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Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been the subject of much conversation and criticism since its release. However, one of the aspects of the movie which was universally loved what Ben Affleck’s portrayal of both Bruce Wayne and Batman. And along with Affleck’s dark and battle worn Batman came the always outstanding Jeremy Irons as the youngest and coolest rendition of Alfred Pennyworth that the big screen has ever seen. With the DC Extended Universe only continuing to grow in the coming years, the question is: when will we be able to see Irons’ Alfred in the future?
Jeremy Irons recently opened up in an interview with Showbiz 411 where he revealed that Alfred will indeed be appearing in Justice League Part One. This is pretty exciting news for fans of the newest incarnation of Batman, as well as his tech savvy manservant.
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jeremy Irons played a rather young and spry version of Alfred. He was almost exclusively seen in the Batcave under Bruce Wayne’s lakeside home. An accomplished technician, he served as both an engineer and repairman for Batman’s various vehicles and weapons, as well as a source of intel and coordination during The Dark Knight’s adventures. He remotely piloted the Batwing, while also being a moral compass for a furious Bruce Wayne.
Alfred’s involvement in Batman’s crime fighting in Dawn of Justice is perhaps the most active version of the character thus far. Because of this, I wouldn’t be surprised if Alfred took his signature double barrel shotgun and got into the fight if the Batcave were attacked during Justice League Part One. In the comics, Alfred has been known to kick some ass, even standing up to the likes of Bane and Superman himself in various incarnations.
Alfred Pennyworth hasn’t always been the badass we saw in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher series of Batman films, he was played by the late, great Michael Gough. While beloved by fans and the various Bruce Waynes, he wasn’t especially active in crime fighting. Rather, he provided counsel and family to the residents of the Wayne Manor.
Similarly, Michael Caine was much more focused on Bruce Wayne than Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Sure, he knew about Bruce Wayne’s nightly activities and stitched up his wounds, but Alfred was largely discouraging of Batman’s hold on Bruce. In the final film, The Dark Knight Rises, he goes so far as to wash his hands clean of Bruce Wayne, unwilling to see him killed by Batman’s enemies. While heartfelt and gripping, Michael Caine’s Alfred wasn’t the tough guy that Jeremy Irons appears to be.
Personally, I’m psyched that Jeremy Irons will be Alfred in Justice League Part One. I’m just going to keep my fingers crossed that his shotgun will make an appearance as well.
Justice League Part One is scheduled to hit theaters November 17th, 2017.