Batman v Superman's Alfred Gets a Bad-Ass Origin Story

Thursday, 18 February 2016 - 2:15PM
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Thursday, 18 February 2016 - 2:15PM
Batman v Superman's Alfred Gets a Bad-Ass Origin Story
As we've already seen in trailers, the ever-loyal Alfred Pennyworth will once again be by Bruce Wayne's side. Jeremy Irons has teased that this Alfred will be "completely different," but if a new leaked companion book is to be believed, then we had no idea just how different he would be.

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The Batman v Superman companion book, according to a report from What Culture, included new stills from the movie, as well as details regarding Alfred's backstory. Alfred has always been known as Batman's butler, but since it's 2016 and even rich people don't really have butlers anymore, he's now Bruce Wayne's head of security. He began working for the Wayne family as their bodyguard, and then was the only member of the staff who young Bruce decided to keep on after his parents were killed.

The book also provided our first real look at the Waynes, played by The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan:
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But the changes don't stop there. Apparently, Alfred is a bad-ass in his own right, and before working for the Waynes, he was an officer in the Special Air Service (SAS), a special forces unit in the British army. As a result, he has plenty of skills that allow him to help Batman in the field, including expertise in weapons, intelligence gathering, medicine, and piloting a variety of vehicles, which explains why he was seen flying the Batwing in the awesome final trailer

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Batman v Superman

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The book also reportedly revealed that the Waynes' killer was never revealed, which eliminates Joe Chill from the equation (at least for now), and that Bruce's inspiration to become Batman will be the same as the Nolan films, in which he falls down a bat-filled well and discovers the Batcave. And for those of you who are worried that Batman won't follow the no-kill rule, the guns seen in the trailer are reportedly "grapnel guns," which are used primarily for climbing up buildings. As of now, there's no definitive evidence that Batman kills anyone (although we're still a little worried).

Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman

Batman v Superman hits theaters on March 25.
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