Although Justice League may be the last time we see Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader in the DC Extend Universe, Ralph Fiennes is throwing his hat into the ring to play Alfred in Matt Reeves' upcoming Batman solo film.
Fiennes provides the voice of Alfred Pennyworth in The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. While promoting his film The White Crow, HeyUGuys asked Fiennes about his interest in playing Bruce Wayne's butler in a live action film. "A lot of good people have gone before me," he said. "I'd be happy to follow in their footsteps!"
Then, as Fiennes walked away from the interview, he stopped and pointed at the camera, exclaiming, "Put that out there! Alfred!"
Actor Michael Gough played Alfred in four different Batman films and held the role longer than those playing titular in the franchise. Gough played opposite Michael Keaton (twice), Val Kilmer and lastly, George Clooney. However, both Batman and Alfred were recast by Christopher Nolan for the 2005 on-screen reboot of the character with Batman Begins.
It's unclear if the most recent big-screen Alfred, Jeremy Irons would remain onboard for Reeves' film, but if the opportunity exists, Fiennes would love to not only be heard as the iconic butler but to be seen by audiences, as well.
Affleck was at one point attached to star and direct the Batman solo film but has officially dropped out altogether. Tentatively titled The Batman, Reeves was rumored to be interested in casting Aaron Taylor-Johnson or Nicholas Hoult as Affleck's replacement, two actors who are no strangers to comic book franchises. However, soon after the alleged shortlist surfaced, it was reportedly debunked.
The Batman is written and directed by Matt Reeves. It is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.