Hollywood's new Batman (Ben Affleck) and new Alfred (Jeremy Irons) confirmed in an interview that the Batcave won't be the only thing getting a makeover in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: audiences will also have a slew of new characterizations for old faces, including Bruce Wayne's loyal butler.
"Alfred is a lot more hands-on in our film than he has previously been," said Irons in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly. "He's a bit of a grease monkey, and he's very involved in the decisions Bruce makes."
Irons' description of his Alfred aligns more with the gruff, almost boorish Alfred Pennyworth depicted on Fox's Gotham by Sean Pewtree, which differs greatly from former incarnations of Batman's devoted servant in the comics, and most recently actor Michael Caine on the big screen. Like the comics, Caine's portrayal in Nolan's Batman movies relied significantly on this back story, with many inferences involving his traditionally implied background in UK military intelligence -- all of which may or may not play a part in Irons' (and Snyder's) hands.
What is certain, however, is the Batcave's new look. According to images of Batman's HQ released by EW, the Batcave's upgrade includes some flashy new tech, halogenic lighting, and a brand new underground driveway. Take a look at the images and concept art below:
As Comicbook.com pointed out, the upkeep of the Batcave is more or less paramount, considering the allusion that the rest of Wayne Manor is now "[in] disrepair, crumbled in ruins."
As for Affleck's Batman? From what the actor implied, the beloved vigilante will remain true to his prior iterations: as a (super)powerless hero -- and deep down, a flawed everyman.
"[Batman] represents human beings, mortal men," Batfleck said to EW. "In a world of Flashes and Aquamen and Supermen, there needs to be that guy."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released in theaters on March 25.
Source: Entertainment Weekly