The release of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is now just over a month away. And while some moviegoers are worried that too much has already been revealed about the blockbuster, the latest batch of images has led to increased speculation regarding one of the film’s most undervalued characters; none other than Alfred Pennyworth.
Those of you who want to watch Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice without the worry of it being ruined probably shouldn’t read ahead. Just in case these potential SPOILERS prove to be true.
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Are they gone? Good. Because the latest speculation regarding Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is that Alfred Pennyworth, who will be portrayed by Jeremy Irons in the hugely-anticipated film, doesn’t actually work as Bruce Wayne’s butler. In fact, it’s been speculated by What Culture that Alfred previously worked for Thomas (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Martha Wayne (Lauren Cohan) as their bodyguard.
The rumor also suggests that Alfred Pennyworth was a former SAS officer, who, under Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), is now Gotham’s most famous son’s chief of security. What Culture decided to make this speculation after they reported on a variety of new images and information from a leaked Batman v Superman companion book.
They suggest that the idea of Bruce Wayne having an butler seems a little dated, which is why it would make sense if Irons’ version of Alfred was much sterner and had a violent past.
In fact, further speculation has suggested that, rather than overseeing all of Wayne Mansion by himself and pretending to care for Bruce Wayne, Alfred Pennyworth actually lives in a “comfortable trailer” on the grounds of the estate.
It’s also believed that Alfred used his extensive past in the SAS to help train and turn a young Bruce Wayne into The Dark Knight. This would have seen him use his knowledge of weapons, intelligence, medicine, and piloting and driving planes and vehicles to educate the burgeoning vigilante.
Other speculation has suggested that the Batcave no longer exists under Wayne Manor, the mansion that Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth have called home since the death of his parents. Instead, the Batcave now exists underneath Bruce Wayne’s new lakeside residence.
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This rumor also has some credence since, unlike Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice doesn’t include the character of Lucius Fox, who was portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. Lucius Fox provided equipment for Bruce Wayne, at the same time as working as his business manager, which left Alfred to be more of his conscience.
While out promoting Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Ben Affleck sat down with Good Morning America to discuss the advice he received from previous actors to portray the character.
According to Den Of Geek, Ben Affleck recalled what Christian Bale, who played Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, told him, remarking, “I talked to Christian, who just told me to make sure I got a zipper in the suit, which was valuable, practical advice as it turned out.”
Ben Affleck then joked that George Clooney “gave [him] some advice which is not repeatable,” which was probably a reference to the Batnipples that plagued Clooney’s effort in 1997’s Batman & Robin.
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is now just a few weeks away, as it will finally hit cinemas on March 25, 2015.
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