Alfred Pennyworth is Batman’s closest confidante in both comic books and movies in part because he gives the Dark Knight an unfiltered opinion – as does Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actor Jeremy Irons in a candid response about the film’s negative reviews.
“Deservedly so,” Irons told Event Magazine, referring to the negative reviews. “I mean it took £800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed… It was very muddled. I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear.”
It is unclear if “the next one” Irons is referring to is Justice League: Part One, which is filming now, or the recently announced Batman solo film.
Irons did reveal that his depiction of Alfred was based on the ex-special forces soldiers who worked as security and staff for oil tycoon Paul Getty.
“I had dinner a few times with Paul Getty, who was a neighbor of mine in Oxfordshire,” Irons revealed. “You’d arrive for dinner and there’d be a very nice man to open the gate, a very nice man to park your car, another very nice man to take your coat and another very nice man to give you some champagne. They were all ex-SAS. So the whole place was surrounded by this level of threat, and I thought, ‘Yeah, that’s Alfred.’”
“If I was Mr. and Mrs. Wayne and I had a young son I thought could be kidnapped, killed or whatever because of his wealth, I’d make sure his guardian – his tutor, his mate – was somebody pretty capable,” the actor continued.
Justice League: Part One is scheduled for release November 17, 2017. Ben Affleck’s first standalone Batman film has not been scheduled.