Jeremy Irons Discusses His Inspiration For Alfred And The Butler's Reaction To The JUSTICE LEAGUE

Jeremy Irons Discusses His Inspiration For Alfred And The Butler's Reaction To The JUSTICE LEAGUE

Jeremy Irons gave a short but firm performance as Alfred Pennyworth in Batman v Superman, and has now teased how the character will react to Batman's super-powered allies in Justice League...

Despite any misgivings over Batman v Superman, many fans agreed that Jeremy Irons turned in a great performance as Alfred Pennyworth, a role the actor will be reprising when Zack Snyder's Justice League hits theatres next year. While we've seen Alfred interact with members of the League many times in comic books over the years, this will mark the first time it happens on film. IGN had a chance to sit down with Irons to ask how his Alfred reacts to being surrounded by super-powered beings.

"I think he's waiting with baited breath to see what is going to happen," Irons said. "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 [Affleck'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."

Alfred will be taking a much more hands-on role than usual in Justice League; not only will he be assisting Batman in regular fashion, but he will also be the tail-gunner on The Flying Fox, an aircraft that Bruce and Alfred have made into the League's command centre. Irons explained that Alfred's 'do anything' nature comes from a very real place.  "Yeah, Alfred is a very hands-on," the actor said. "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." 

As for Ben Affleck's Batman film, "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."

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
 
DISCLAIMER: Comic Book Movie is protected under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and... [MORE]
Related Headlines
INJUSTICE Animated Movie Officially On The Way; Check Out A First Look Image And The A-List Cast

INJUSTICE Animated Movie Officially On The Way; Check Out A First Look Image And The A-List Cast

Warner Bros. Animation had nothing to say when an Injustice sneak peek was listed as one of the special features bundled with Batman: The Long Halloween, but we now have a first look and full cast list!
JUSTICE LEAGUE Unofficial Motion Comic Adapting Sequel Storyboards CANCELED After Plagiarism Claims

JUSTICE LEAGUE Unofficial Motion Comic Adapting Sequel Storyboards CANCELED After Plagiarism Claims

We told you earlier that "The Dreamscapes of Justice League: A Motion Comic" had come under fire for tracing DC Comics artwork, but the entire project has now been scrapped due to that and other reasons.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: Upcoming (Fan-Made) Motion Comic Sequel Accused Of Tracing Art From DC Comics

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Upcoming (Fan-Made) Motion Comic Sequel Accused Of Tracing Art From DC Comics

We recently learned that some fans of Zack Snyder's DCEU work have banded together for a motion comic Justice League sequel, but there's been quite a bit of backlash due to them tracing the work of others.
Margot Robbie Shares Her Thoughts On Harley Quinn's Off-Screen Death In ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE

Margot Robbie Shares Her Thoughts On Harley Quinn's Off-Screen Death In ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE

The "Knightmare" scene in Zack Snyder's Justice League confirmed that Harley Quinn died in Batman's arms, but that was news to Margot Robbie, and she's now shared her reaction to the character's demise...
ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE Sequels Being Adapted Into An Unofficial Motion Comic Starring Ray Porter

ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE Sequels Being Adapted Into An Unofficial Motion Comic Starring Ray Porter

Warner Bros. has no plans to #RestoreTheSnyderVerse, so some of Zack Snyder's fans are working on a motion comic adapting those leaked storyboards with Ray Porter and Harry Lennix both set to return...
Latest Headlines
LOKI: 5 Things That Make No Sense In Marvel Studios' Latest Disney+ TV Series - SPOILERS

LOKI: 5 Things That Make No Sense In Marvel Studios' Latest Disney+ TV Series - SPOILERS

Look, there's no denying that Loki was a great TV series, but we also can't ignore the fact that certain things about the series simply make no sense whatsoever. It's those you'll find highlighted here!
BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN Interview: Writer Tim Sheridan On Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Changing The Comics & More

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN Interview: Writer Tim Sheridan On Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Changing The Comics & More

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two writer Tim Sheridan talks to us about key scenes in the sequel featuring Poison Ivy and Two-Face, his favourite iteration of Bruce Wayne, Josh Duhamel's work, and more.
JUNGLE CRUISE Review; A Fun Family Blockbuster That Reminds Us Why We Love Going To The Movies

JUNGLE CRUISE Review; "A Fun Family Blockbuster That Reminds Us Why We Love Going To The Movies"

Jungle Cruise arrives in theaters this Friday, but after those glowing social media reactions, what's our verdict on the latest Disney movie based on one of their iconic theme park rides? Find out here...
THE SUICIDE SQUAD: James Gunn Makes It Clear That NO Character Is Safe In New Featurette

THE SUICIDE SQUAD: James Gunn Makes It Clear That NO Character Is Safe In New Featurette

Another featurette for The Suicide Squad has been released, and it contains even more new footage from the upcoming DC Comics film. Plus, director James Gunn reiterates that no-one is safe from the Reaper.
BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN Star Josh Duhamel Unsure About Returning As Two-Face In Live-Action (Exclusive)

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN Star Josh Duhamel Unsure About Returning As Two-Face In Live-Action (Exclusive)

Josh Duhamel steals the show as Harvey Dent/Two-Face in Batman: The Long Halloween, and the Jupiter's Legacy alum talks to us here about the possibility of reprising the role in a live-action setting...
Stephen Dorff Says He Feels Bad For The Comments He Made About BLACK WIDOW Star Scarlett Johansson

Stephen Dorff Says He "Feels Bad" For The Comments He Made About BLACK WIDOW Star Scarlett Johansson

Blade actor Stephen Dorff has now walked back some of the things he said about Black Widow, particular as it pertained to the movie's star Scarlett Johansson, who he considers an "old friend."
A QUIET PLACE PART II (Blu-ray) Review; John Krasinski Ratchets Up The Tension To Almost Unbearable Levels

A QUIET PLACE PART II (Blu-ray) Review; "John Krasinski Ratchets Up The Tension To Almost Unbearable Levels"

A Quiet Place Part II is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD, so we're finally weighing in with our verdict on John Krasinski's horror sequel. If you haven't watched it yet, now is your chance!
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE - Some Familiar Faces Return In The Spooktacular Full-Length Trailer

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE - Some Familiar Faces Return In The Spooktacular Full-Length Trailer

As promised, Sony Pictures has released the full-length trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and it contains plenty of fun new footage from director Jason Reitman's highly-anticipated sequel.