Jeremy Irons isn’t a big fan of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Batman v Superman turned out to be a colossal disappointment. It was poorly received by critics (27 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and featured a story that was incoherent at best. It was sloppy, poorly paced and bleak. Irons is the British actor who portrayed Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth in the superhero battle film. Surprisingly, he didn’t defend the film in an interview with the Daily Mail, telling the paper he wasn’t surprised to see the film get killed by critics.
“Deservedly so. I mean it took £800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed,” he told the Mail. “It was very muddled. I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear.”
Moreover, Irons admitted that he’s “tied into” the Batman series and said he’s in it for the paycheck.
“I’m tied into The Batman at the minute [the next installment, Justice League Part One, is due next year], which is nice because it’s a bit of income…”
That sounds like an actor who doesn’t give a single crap about the DC Cinematic Universe. Irons is 67 years old and has been in films for decades. Like Robert De Niro before him, he appears to be appearing in movies just for the cash and not for the integrity of the film he’s in.
He’ll likely reprise his role as Alfred multiple times in coming years, including the upcoming Justice League: Part One. While it probably won’t show on screen, it appears he has little interest in the part. It’s sad, but not totally unexpected given his personality and age.