When Batman meets Superman in the much anticipated Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the dark knight will be bringing some of his traditional supporting characters along with him. Not surprisingly, Alfred the butler will be back to assist the caped crusader in his latest incarnation (played by the much maligned Ben Affleck), portrayed this time around by Jeremy Irons (Die Hard With a Vengeance, the Man in the Iron Mask, the Time Machine). After all, would Batman be complete without the presence of the ever-loyal manservant who raised him after his parents were murdered? The British butler has been a constant in every version of the hero of Gotham city, whether it be in comics, TV, animation or the big screen.
What should we expect from Irons in this version? Irons explained to the Hollywood Reporter, “He is quite a different Alfred than we have seen so far. Zack Snyder had very clear views about what he wanted. I would just say he’s more hands-on perhaps than just a butler.”
This comment is a little odd considering that the previous (and very popular) version of the character was played by film legend Michael Caine, who was actually very ‘hands on’, helping Bruce Wayne with almost every aspect of his crusade against crime except for physically getting involved. Even the current Gotham TV version is very involved in Bruce’s training. So what does Irons mean? Who knows? We’ll have to wait and see.
And then there’s Jim Gordon, that stalwart police commissioner of Gotham (currently played by Ben McKenzie on Gotham) who has always been a useful ally for the Batman. He’s been played by many actors over the years, most recently by Gary Oldman in the Christopher Nolan films. What part will Gordon play in the new version? Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know.
In the new DCU film continuity, the rumor is that Jim Gordon is dead. According to Badass Digest, Zack Snyder has snuffed out good old Gordon. Some earlier rumors indicated that the film might follow the “Dark Knight Returns” comic formula, and have Robin be the one in the grave, leading to a change in Batman’s already screwed-up psyche. However, the latest reports say that the new movie will inform us that Gordon has died instead, leaving another big hole in Bruce’s emotionally damaged spirit.
If this is true, you have to credit the production team for doing such a good job keeping this plot point a secret, since things like this seem to get out so quickly. Assuming this is accurate, what effect will Gordon’s death have on Batman?