There may be some problems in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice under-performing, The Flash losing its director, and Aquaman in danger of suffering the same fate. Still, Warner Bros. knows that they have a huge franchise to focus on, and that’s why they are making sure Justice League is huge. One way to do that is to keep adding to the stellar cast, and Jeremy Irons returning as Alfred helps a lot.
It was already known that Justice League would include Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. That, in itself, is a fantastic cast, but more and more names keep being signed, and it’s only upping the quality of the film.
Showbiz 411 broke the news that Irons is going to be heading back into the butler game and appearing as Alfred in Justice League. While it is true that Irons is known more as a villain in Hollywood roles, he seemed to fit the role of Bruce Wayne’s butler perfectly.
While not confirmed or revealed, it is expected that he will end up being in both parts one and two of Justice League. After that, or maybe before Part 2, he’ll return as Alfred in the solo Batman flick that Ben Affleck has pretty much total control over.
The DCEU has really done a great job of signing big names to fill in extra roles for the comic book movies in their franchise.
Amber heard is going to take on the role of Queen Mera in Justice League, and she will also play that role in the solo Aquaman movie as well. Willem Dafoe was recently announced to have an as-yet-unknown role in Justice League, while J.K. Simmons is taking on the part of Commissioner Gordon.
Obviously, the centerpiece of the Justice League is going to be Batman, as the majority of the side characters in the film are from his universe. It’s not yet known if Jesse Eisenberg will return as Lex Luthor, or even if Luthor is in the film at all anyway.
While the news of Jeremy Irons joining Justice League as Alfred is good news, there is some concerning news in the DCEU.
It was just revealed that director Seth Grahame-Smith is leaving The Flash movie over “creative differences.” Now, SlashFilm is reporting that James Wan may end up leaving Aquaman as the director of that film.
While Grahame-Smith left over creative difference, it’s being said that Wan is actually “feeling tremendous amounts of trepidation” about directing Aquaman. It just seems like he’s not entirely sure that he wants to stay on board as director even though he’s been attached to it for over a year.
Suicide Squad is coming out later this year, and Wonder Woman is set for release in June of next year. Those films are either done or set in stone. The focus right now is on Justice League, but the DCEU really needs to make sure that The Flash and Aquaman are taken care of soon.
Justice League Part 1 is set to hit theaters on November 10, 2017. Part 2 will be released in theaters on June 14, 2019.
Jeremy Irons has honestly portrayed Alfred Pennyworth in one of the best ways ever, and he was fantastic in the role. Having him return by the side of Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) is brilliant and necessary, and it’s going to add even more depth to Justice League. The cast is growing, but in order to get to Justice League, Warner Bros. needs to make sure all of the solo films work well first.
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