Jeremy Irons Counts Seven Leads For 'Justice League' And More


While doing press for one of his films, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Jeremy Irons briefly talked about playing Alfred Pennyworth, working on big scale productions, a little about Zack Snyder, and Justice League.

Many would notice how different Irons' Alfred is compared to other iterations. Irons wanted to play a certain personality for Alfred explaining, "I remember an evening with Paul Getty, who was a neighbour of mine, now sadly dead. We drove up to his lovely house. A very nice gentleman opened up the car door. Then another very nice gentleman took the car and parked it somewhere. Another nice gentleman took my coat. And then another nice gentleman gave me a glass of champagne. And all those nice gentleman were SAS.

"I thought, that’s Alfred. He’s a man who will take care of his boss, whether he’s making coffee or pouring champagne or flying his airplane."

When asked about finding big scale films like Batman v Superman fulfilling Irons replied, "less so, because they’re so slow. There’s a lot of waiting around and then a huge amount of publicity. One spends 70% of the time doing publicity, 10% of the time filming, and 20% of the time waiting." He followed up this comment with, "I love working with Ben [Affleck] and Zack Snyder. They’ve been fun."


Moving the conversation to more present items like next year's Justice League, it appears as though Irons might be playing in the same capacity he did for Batman v Superman again in this film. "[Playing similarly to his role in Batman v Superman], 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."

A few things to note, it appears filming for The Batman will be during next summer, at least for him, Joe Manganiello, Deathstroke, already claimed the filming begins next spring. Another thing to take note is the number of leads Irons counted, seven, which is a bit suspect given that there has only been six confirmed members of the League - see above - however the sixth could Amber Heard's Mera.


One final thing discussed was the reaction to Batman v Superman, Irons merely shrugging them off when asked if he was upset about them. "Not at all. 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."

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Amber Heard as Mera, and Willem Dafoe as Vulko,

Justice League hits theatres November 17, 2017

Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, Harley Quinn spinoff, a Man of Steel sequel, The Batman, and a Justice League Dark film are currently without release dates.

Source: Variety

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