From “Sad Affleck” to corporate and creative shake-ups behind the scenes at Warner Bros., criticism, and the fallout therein, has been nonstop since the release of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yes, we live in a world where a movie that makes $900 million is seen as a profound disappointment, but when your movie features, arguably, the two biggest superheroes of all time, “almost a billion dollars” just isn’t good enough. Pretty much every cultural commentator’s been asked to autopsy Batman V. Superman’s “just not as successful as it should have been status,” but the situation requires a dispassionate voice of someone unafraid to be candid. Someone like Batman’s trusty butler, Alfred. Maybe the guy that plays him will suffice.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Jeremy Irons gave his thoughts about the bad reviews the film got, and the affect on future DC Extended Universe movies, in which he will be appearing again as Alfred. To Irons, the panning BvS received was justified. “Deservedly so,” he said. “I mean it took over 800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed…It was very muddled. I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear.”
Presumably, that’s Justice League – Part One he’s talking about. Perhaps free of the demands of introducing an entire world and filling it with new characters with all their various own motivations and justifications, the Justice League can just be itself, a satisfying and action-packed superhero movie. Irons probably doesn’t have to worry about any of that controversy falling on him though since the relationship between himself and Ben Affleck playing Batman is widely seen as one of the best aspects of BvS. With great hype and expectations about the solo Batman movie, Irons should be one of the least stressed people involved in the DCEU.
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital on July 16.