Jeremy Irons on ‘Batman v Superman’: ‘It Was Very Muddled’

Jeremy Irons arrives at the 40th Annual Chaplin Award Gala on April 22, 2013 in New York City. The actor, who portrayed Batman's trusted butler Alfred in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," has called the film "muddled." File Photo by Monika Graff/UPI | License Photo

LONDON, June 1 (UPI) — “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” star Jeremy Irons has shared his opinion about the superhero epic, calling it “muddled.”

Irons portrayed Batman’s trusty butler, Alfred Pennyworth, in the film, which took in more than $800 million worldwide despite negative reviews from critics. Irons said it’s something the picture “deserved.”

“I mean, it took $800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter, but it was sort of overstuffed,” Irons said recently in an interview with the Daily Mail’s Event Magazine.

“It was very muddled. I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear,” he said, referencing Warner Bros. next entry in its DC Comics cinematic universe, “Justice League: Part One.”

Irons is also expected to portray Alfred in star Ben Affleck‘s upcoming solo Batman outing, which he will also direct.

“I’m tied into the Batman at the minute, which is nice because it’s a bit of income,” Irons joked. “Not that I need a bit of income, but it’s nice to keep ticking over.”

“Justice League,” set to be directed by “Dawn of Justice” helmer Zack Snyder, will feature Batman (Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and possibly other heroes, teaming up for the first time when it hits theaters November 10, 2017.

The ensemble film has also added Willem Dafoe in an unspecified role, J.K. Simmons as Batman’s trusted ally, Commissioner Gordon, and Amber Heard as Aquaman’s love interest, undersea queen Mera.

Jesse Eisenberg, who was seen as the villainous Lex Luthor, thinks he may reappear as the character in “Justice League” as well.

“I don’t know. I am in wait, they just started filming ‘Justice League,’ so I’m kind of waiting for my crack at it,” he said recently.


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