By now, you surely know which side of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debate you fall on. Some people thought it was a refreshingly dark take on superhero filmmaking, while many others consider it a low point for the genre as a whole. Typically, actors will defend the movies they star in, but every so often you’ll find cases of a cast throwing shade at their own movies. The Fantastic Four cast (understandably) criticized last year’s reboot post-release and now Jeremy Irons, who plays Alfred in Dawn of Justice, has admitted that Batman v Superman isn’t quite up to snuff.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Irons was asked about the overwhelmingly negative critical response to the film and his response was a good indication that he at least somewhat agrees with the reception. “Deservedly so,” said Irons of the film’s critical panning. “I mean it took over £800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed,” he added. “It was very muddled. I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller; it’s more linear.”
The film Irons is referencing is Justice League Part One, the Batman v Superman sequel that will see the actor reprise his role as Batman’s close ally and confidant. Irons also talked about the solo Batman film that is in the works, and may have also confirmed the film’s title in the process. “I’m tied into The Batman at the minute, which is nice because it’s a bit of income … Not that I need a bit of income but it’s nice to keep ticking over.”
At least Irons can take solace in the fact that most reviews for Batman v Superman praised his performance (including our own). Sure, he may only be in it for the money at this point, but both Justice League Part One and The Batman will certainly benefit from his involvement and so will viewers if those two films end up being anything like Batman v Superman.