Batman v Superman is putting a whole new spin on Alfred’s origin story

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Nov 18, 2016, 3:18 PM EST (Updated)

Looks like Zack Snyder has decided to put a different spin to Alfred Pennyworth’s origin story in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

A new piece over at reveals that instead of being the Caped Crusader’s (Ben Affleck) loyal butler — the way the DC Comics character has been portrayed for the past 73 years in various media, including comic books, TV and movies — Jeremy Irons’ Alfred will be a former SAS officer who’s come into the employ of Thomas (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Martha Wayne (Lauren Cohan) not as a butler, but as a bodyguard. 

(To be fair, the Earth-One version of Alfred had him as a retired British intelligence agent who at one point *gasp* developed superpowers, so Alfred being a former SAS in Snyder's movie is not so bad, right?)

In Batman v Superman, that SAS training — which includes weapons, intelligence gathering, medicine and piloting a variety of vehicles — is what allows Alfred to train and help Batman kick all kinds of criminal as**s through Gotham City. This has been hinted at in the Dawn of Justice final trailer.


The site also claims that following the Waynes’ death, Alfred is the only member of staff young Master Bruce decides to keep following the murder of his folks. Alfred becomes his legal guardian and confidante and is now known to the world at large as Bruce Wayne's security chief.

It was also Alfred’s decision to leave Wayne Manor to live on the grounds of the estate in a “comfortable trailer” that explains why the manor has fallen into disrepair. (Also, dude didn’t want to attempt to maintain a huge mansion by himself. I totally respect that.)

What do you think of this new take on Alfred’s origin story in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?


(via What Culture, Comic Book Movie)