Jeremy Irons has been cast in the role of Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film, directed by Zack Snyder.
“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne,” director Zack Snyder said in a statement.
From Forbes: “…the Man of Steel follow-up — tentatively referred to as Batman vs. Superman unless/until a new title is announced — is all but guaranteed to rule the summer, especially now that it’s moved release dates to 2016 for a much stronger position. With Batman and Superman squaring off against one another, plus Wonder Woman dropping in for a brief appearance, and the prospect of some other heroes likely cameoing in some way, the film is instantly presumed to be in the running for a $1 billion showing sight-unseen… Batman vs. Superman — is scheduled to start shooting in Detroit in the coming weeks, and director Zack Snyder was there scouting additional locations last Wednesday.”
Warner Bros. will release the film worldwide on May 6, 2016.