Jeremy Irons' performance as Alfred Pennyworth in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" was a departure from the depictions of Batman's faithful butler we've seen in previous films. The actor has the look of someone ready to mix it up with street criminals or, possibly in "Justice League" Parademons.
Asked whether his role in director Zack Snyder's upcoming "Justice League" will be bigger than in "Batman v Superman," Irons told Variety, "Similar, but then, of course, Ben’s going to make a Batman film next summer. He promises me there’s going to be a bit more of Alfred in that. In the 'Justice League' we have seven major lead characters and I’m the butler to one of them. It’s clear I will not be dominating that film."
Irons also addressed the harsh reviews for "Batman v Superman," saying, "I was very pleased by the numbers. Zack seems to get a hard time from the press, which is strange. I don’t know if it has to do with the sort of secrecy that surrounds the making of it all. But the audience liked it, which in the end is all that matters."
The Oscar winner will next be seen as Alfred Pennyworth, alongside Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, Willem Dafoe as Vulko and Amber Heard as Mera. The film opens Nov. 17, 2017.
He'll then reprise the role in Affleck's untitled Batman film, with Simmons returning as Gordon and Joe Manganiello playing Deathstroke. Manganiello previously said production could begin next spring, although Irons suggests next summer.