Recently, the reports that Ben Affleck’s solo ‘Batman’ movie would shoot in the spring of 2017 and be released in 2018 were officially confirmed by former WB president Greg Silverman. The solo film will see the return of Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne’s butler ‘Alfred’, but before we see him in the currently untitled Batman movie, Irons will be appearing in next year’s Justice League. In an interview with IGN, Irons provided some information regarding the amount of his involvement in Justice League and his excitement for working on the ‘Batman’ solo movie…
“I think he’s waiting with baited breath to see what is going to happen. He’s in the employ of Bruce Wayne and he doesn’t always agree with him but I think he’ll help where he can. And I’m not sure in Justice League we’ll see that much of him because we have five superheroes to deal with and Alfred is just the batman [a term for the soldier-servant of a commissioned officer in the British military] of one of them. It’ll be very interesting to see where he gets to, when we get to Ben’s production of Batman this spring. I haven’t read the script of it yet. I think all of us who are sort of normal human beings, which Alfred is, we watch the gods with amazement and some spite.”
Do we want to see lots of ‘Alfred’ in Justice League’? Of course, but it makes a lot of sense that Alfred isn’t too involved given that he is the butler of just one superhero and has no connection to the other 5 heroes on the team. We have no idea how much involvement Irons will have but I’m assuming roughly the same as his rollin Batman V Superman or slightly less.
When asked about his approach to and inspiration for the character, Irons reflected on the staff of an old neighbour of his…
“Yeah, Alfred is a very hands-on… what I based Alfred on really was a close neighbor of mine, used to be before he died, Paul Getty. I remember the first time I went to dinner with him. I reached gates and a very kind gentleman took my car and parked it. I walked in and another very kind gentleman took my coat. And then Paul showed us through the hall and another very kind gentleman gave me a glass of champagne and then a very kind gentleman served us dinner. I learned during the evening that every kind gentleman who had been taking care of me was actually an ex-SAS member who was there to protect Paul. I thought, yeah, that’s Alfred really. He’s there. He’ll do anything. That’s where he comes from. That’s his mindset. He’ll wash the dishes, but he’ll also be a tail gunner.”
Irons was then asked about his thoughts on ‘Deathstroke’ as the main antagonist in the ‘Batman’ solo film and if he was disappointed that he wouldn’t be going up against Jared Leto’s joker to which he replied….
No, I’m just interested. I’m interested and I’d hold judgement until I read the script. We will see. Ben’s a great consummate director and I’ll be fascinated to see what he comes up with.
A hired mercenary like ‘Deathstroke’ who can go toe-to-toe with Batman is the perfect villain for the 2018 film. It’s highly likely that future Batman solo films will use the joker as the main villain but I would personally much rather see a character such as Deathstroke that we have never seen on the big screen before seeing Jared Leto’s joker who we recently saw in Suicide Squad.
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