Jeremy Irons who plays Alfred in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, spoke exclusively with Empire Magazine, which has releases a themed issue on the film today, on the differences of his Alfred compared to that from previous interpretation of the character.
“I knew we would be finding a different angle on Alfred,” Irons told us. “So I thought of him as my own.”
On having a different perspective on life than Bruce Wayne:
“Alfred has lived longer than Bruce, and so perhaps has a clearer perspective on life,” the 67-year-old actor said.
“As well as having been in loco parentis to Bruce,” Irons continued, “his only remit in life is to protect him. And, as those of us who have raised children, let alone Batmen, will know, that is quite a wide remit.”
More on how his Alfred differs from previous on-screen Alfred’s:
Among the things Irons reveals: his Alfred does not take residence in Wayne Manor, which is apparently burnt out, but instead a sleek lakeside residence; and this Alfred promises to be more “hands-on”, with a special-ops background hinted at.
“He’s a man who can actually do anything if he has to,” says Irons.