Exclusive: Jeremy Irons on playing Alfred in Batman v Superman

Empire’s brand spanking new Batman v Superman issue hits the newsstands today, and among the many stars spilling the beans to us, there’s the great Jeremy Irons, who brings a fresh new take to the role of Batman’s butler and father figure, Alfred. “I knew we would be finding a different angle on Alfred,” Irons told us. “So I thought of him as my own.”

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It’s clear that the veteran British actor’s incarnation will be quite different from the Michael Caine/Michael Gough versions. “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.”

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.

For more on the new Alfred, plus interviews with Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, and many more, pick up the new issue of Empire, in all good and Legion Of Doom-affiliated newsagents from today. Or click here to get an instant digital subscription.

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