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Jeremy Irons offers first thoughts on playing Alfred in Batman/Superman

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Nov 18, 2016, 1:10 PM EST (Updated)

Esteemed British actor Jeremy Irons has spoken for the first time about playing Alfred in the upcoming Batman/Superman movie.

While two of the major casting choices in Batman vs. Superman (or Man of Steel 2, if you prefer) have proven controversial -- namely Ben Affleck as Batman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor -- the news that Irons was going to follow in the movie footsteps of Michaels Gough and Caine as Bruce Wayne's loyal butler was greeted far more calmly. 

Interviewed recently by Absolute Radio, Irons himself admitted that he wasn't entirely sure yet what his approach to the character would be:

"I don't know how my Alfred's going to be. I wait to see. We haven't started work yet. I'm going to be interested to see. The script isn't entirely finished, so it'll be as much a surprise for me as it is for you, probably."

On whether he was going to call Michael Caine for any tips, Irons said:

"Well, I've been watching him closely. He's a bit different from me, though."

The Oscar-winning actor was also asked what he thought about the casting of Affleck as the Dark Knight: 

"I think it's a wonderful idea. He's a lovely man, very interesting actor...I'm looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to getting to know him. I've only met him once and I hope we have a good time."

Irons refused to divulge any other details, only noting that while he had read "a script," he didn't think it was the final version. That makes sense, given that the screenplay by David Goyer was recently turned over to Affleck's writer on Argo, Chris Terrio, for a rewrite. And with the recent decision to push the film's release back 10 months, we have a full two years before we find out how Irons stacks up against his predecessors. Do you think his Alfred will be a worthy successor?

The untitled Batman/Superman movie comes out May 6, 2016. Watch Irons' interview below.

(via Slashfilm)