With every new interpretation of Batman, comes a new interpretation of his right hand man and father figure, Alfred. Although following a tough act in Michael Cane, Jeremy Irons's portrayal of the former SAS butler was one of the redeeming factors of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Unsurprisingly, fans are eager to see more of the deceptively tough sidekick, the glue that manages to stick together Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, #Batman. While Ben Affleck's Caped Crusader will be back for #JusticeLeague, can we expect Snyder's ensemble flick cure our Iron deficiency?
The bad news is, probably not. However, the good news is that there'll be an abundance of Alfred in the Batman solo movie. In an interview with Variety, according to the 68-year-old, although there won't be much screentime for Alfred in Justice League, #BenAffleck's solo movie will rectify that. He said:
"He [Ben Affleck] 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."
Irons Confirms When The Batman Will Begin Shooting
Justice League has a wealth of new characters, in addition to those already established, so it's unlikely Irons will be involved too much. However, the news for the Batman solo movie is welcome. There's no denying that the pair shared a strong chemistry in #BvS, with Alfred keeping the older, more jaded version of Batman in check.
As well as confirming The Batman will begin shooting within the next six to nine months, Irons also had time to reflect on the barrage of critical abuse aimed at this year's BvS, despite its impressive box office performance. He added:
"I was very pleased by the numbers. Zack seems to get a hard time from the press, which is strange. I don’t know if it has to do with the sort of secrecy that surrounds the making of it all. But the audience liked it, which in the end is all that matters."
Justice League: A New Beginning For The DCEU?
Zack Snyder's second #DCEU offering following on from 2013's Man of Steel caused a significant clash between the views of critics and the views of fans. Although far from a perfect comic book adaptation, the film had enough positives to avoid the level of criticism it received. An international gross of $873.3 million also disagreed.
Despite coming under heavy scrutiny, #ZackSnyder will return for Justice League. Following the events in BvS, Bruce Wayne has realized the need to protect the Earth, and will attempt to recruit a number of superheroes to tackle the threat of the ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid.
The initial trailer suggests Snyder has taken on board criticism his earlier movies received for being too dark, hinting at a lighter tone. While the film won't include much Alfred, Justice League will include the likes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. In short, fans are spoilt for choice.
Should we see more Alfred in Justice League?