While absolutely no one is shocked, it is now official, according to Showbiz 411, that Jeremy Irons will be reprising his role as Bruce Wayne’s devoted butler, Alfred Pennyworth, in Justice League: Part One. Irons was arguably one of the better things about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but that’s not really surprising given the sheer body of work he has under his belt.
Though we usually associate Irons with some pretty scathing villains such as Simon Gruber in Die Hard With a Vengeance or Scar in The Lion King, he can pull off a compassionate, dedicated caretaker in a superhero movie just as deftly. Following the footsteps of Michael Caine, Michael Gough and Alan Napier, his casting as Alfred was met with little to no controversy. We all know that’s definitely a rarity in the comic book movie world, especially in the case of Batman v Superman.
Naturally, Irons did reference the previous portrayals of Alfred by Caine and Gough, but he was intent on not using them as molds for his own approach to the role, according to this March 2016 interview with Flicks and the City Plus:
Following Batman v Superman, Irons is currently enjoying some positive attention after his turn as Royal, the eccentric architect, in the dystopian sci-fi film High Rise, which also stars Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans. Though it’s already available via VOD on most streaming services like Google Play, iTunes and Amazon Prime, the film will also have a limited release in US theaters May 13. Cinemas in the UK and France enjoyed its theatrical release earlier this spring.
Expect Justice League: Part One to hit the screen November 17, 2017.
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