Jeremy Irons Confirmed to Return as Alfred Pennyworth in Justice League Part 1

Thursday, 05 May 2016 - 7:37PM
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Thursday, 05 May 2016 - 7:37PM
Jeremy Irons Confirmed to Return as Alfred Pennyworth in Justice League Part 1
Jeremy Irons' Alfred was undoubtedly one of the universally agreed positives of the divisive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and thankfully, fans will be seeing more of his take on the character sooner rather than later.

Irons recently confirmed that he's working on Justice League, so it looks like fans may get to see him again as soon as November, 2017. That being said, there may be more Batman in Suicide Squad than everyone's currently hearing about, so it may be a bit premature to rule out a cameo in that one just yet, too.  

Irons' Alfred shares the backstory of the Alfred in Geoff Johns' graphic novel, Batman: Earth One, in which he served as a bodyguard and mentor to Bruce instead of the standard butler take on the character. Likewise, Irons' captured Alfred's snark from the comics and the animated series of the 90s perfectly, making him instantly beloved by bat-fans everywhere.  

The fact that Irons is coming back for Justice League raises questions as to how Batman centric the film will be. Batman v Superman left off with Batman deciding to find the other members, so it makes sense that there'd be some communication between he and Alfred in the movie, if not several shots or scenes taking place in the Bat Cave itself. As J.K. Simmons was recently cast as Commissioner Gordon, it seems like there could potentially be quite a bit that takes place in Gotham during the film.

Irons will likely return for the role in the recently confirmed Batman solo movie, as long as things move forward as planned. He'll have to make it into five different films if he plans on playing the role more than any other big screen actor, though. The current record holder, Michael Gough, starred in the Batman movies all the way from Batman '89 to Batman & Robin. That shouldn't be a problem for Irons, as long as he sticks around long enough. If the DCEU continues as intended, he should have more than enough opportunities to play Batman's iconic butler.
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