Jeremy Irons Says ‘Batman v Superman’ Deserved Its Disappointing Critical Reception

By May 29, 2016

Here’s a quick recap: in the week leading up to Batman v Superman‘s release, the film was demolished and ravaged by critics, with many calling it the worst comic book film of the post-MCU and Christopher Nolan era. To top all of that off, the film suffered from disappointing box office numbers, which while were still good, weren’t nearly as good as they should have been and were surpassed by Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War in about three weekends.

Now, petitions continue to pop up online on a fairly consistent basis, with many calling for director Zack Snyder’s removal from the upcoming Justice League Part 1 and Part 2, and it looks like even Warner Bros. may have taken the hint, after creating a full DC Films division with Geoff Johns at the helm this time around.

As it turns out, even some of the film’s cast members were left disappointed by the film’s results as well, as none other than Jeremy Irons, the new DCCU’s Alfred Pennyworth, was quick to point out the film’s flaws while doing a profile with The Daily Mail, in which the actor was asked about how Batman v Superman “took a kicking” by the critics:

“Deservedly so. I mean it took 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.”

Considering that the film’s scattered, overstuffed, and overall muddled nature were a number of the recurring and biggest issues brought up by the critics (myself included), I’d say that Irons isn’t far off with his own criticisms here, something that Jesse Eisenberg even hinted at a few months ago as well.

Irons is set to return in Justice League Part 1 as well, which he above teases will be simpler and smaller than Batman v Superman, and considering his Alfred was one of the best parts about Dawn of Justice, I’d say that his involvement should be considered a positive no matter how much screen time he ends up receiving in it. At this point though, I have far more of an apathetic feeling surrounding Justice League than I ever would have wanted to.

Justice League Part 1 is set to hit theatres on November 17th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable