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TheFantasticJoe 02-23-2013 02:28 PM

Alfred Pennyworth in the reboot
 
With a new Batman movie series, a new Alfred is inevitable. How would you like to see Alfred portrayed in the upcoming reboot, and who would be best to play him?

Personally, I'd like to see the formula mixed up a bit from the previous two series. Where Michael Gough and Michael Caine played more elderly, nurturing types, I wouldn't mind seeing a more involved, war-toughened Alfred that plays more on his army background. Maybe make him a little younger (late fifties as opposed to early-mid seventies like the previous two Alfreds) and get him more involved in the action. I'm not saying he should fight crime alongside Batman, but I'd like to see him more hands-on in the detective work as a supporting figure to Bruce.

Of course, he still should have that fatherly feel to him, but I'd like to see a little more from him this time around. I think Batman: The Animated Series is a good model to base him on.

Maybe my ideas are terrible, but that's just my way of seeing it. How would you like Alfred to be portrayed?

Rodrigo90 02-23-2013 02:36 PM

Re: Alfred Pennyworth in the reboot
 
Pierce Brosnan is my preferred choice.

He has that dry wit about him. Cool demeanor. But can play the father role when needed.

I feel he would suit Alfred perfectly for the comics.

And I want him to be more tolerant and accepting of Bruce as Batman.
Alfred should know being a military man that every person has a war to fight.

Just_Human 02-23-2013 02:46 PM

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Wow, never thought of Brosnan as Alfred

Interesting, Rodrigo

Yeah I can see him playing AJP

The Guard 02-23-2013 02:50 PM

Re: Alfred Pennyworth in the reboot
 
Part of me still wants to see Anthony Hopkins take on the role. At least then Alfred would have good diction. I'm all for a younger, tougher Alfred, though. They sort of played with the idea that Alfred had a military/spy past in the most recent franchise, but never really capitalized on that.

TheFantasticJoe 02-23-2013 02:56 PM

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I had never thought of Pierce Brosnan playing Alfred, but I think he'd be a fine choice.

Eddie Dean 02-23-2013 03:17 PM

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I really want Alfred to have his pencil mustache.

Bathead 02-23-2013 03:33 PM

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John Cleese. He has shown he can handle dramatic roles as well as the silly ones.

GREEN =w= DAY 02-23-2013 03:36 PM

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Alan Rickman, Pierce Brosnan, & Timothy Dalton are my top 3 picks for Alfred

Frodo 02-23-2013 03:42 PM

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I'd go for an Alfred in his 40's or 50's. Ray Fiennes would be my pick. He can do the dry humor while at the same time you could believe he could handle himself without needing Bruce to protect him.

quixote_coyote 02-23-2013 03:50 PM

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peirce all the way

DeGenerate10 02-23-2013 09:03 PM

Re: Alfred Pennyworth in the reboot
 
Patrick Stewart

ThePowerCosmic 02-23-2013 09:45 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Bathead (Post 25245535)
John Cleese. He has shown he can handle dramatic roles as well as the silly ones.

I'd love Cleese as Alfred. His comedic touches would be perfect for Alfred, who's a funny guy when he wants to be.

ThePhantasm 02-23-2013 09:53 PM

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I dislike the Brosnan idea. Dalton or Rickman sound better.

If anyone suggests Idris Elba, so help me....

Rorschach2012 02-23-2013 10:16 PM

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Pierce Brosnan, Alan Rickman, Timothy Dalton, Jeremy Irons, Anthony Hopkins or Michael Gambon,

Dark Sentinel 02-23-2013 10:41 PM

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Pierce Brosnan is definitely a left-field choice. Irons would also be good.

TheHeatKitchen 02-23-2013 11:03 PM

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John Krasinski!

Someone had to

Seriously I like Brosnon, Jonathan Pryce or Cleese would be great. Would prefer an Alfred in his late 50s

Frodo 02-24-2013 01:29 AM

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Other actors I wouldn't mind seeing as Alfred would be Colin Firth, Geofferey Rush, and Rhys Ifans for a 40 something Alfred , assuming Bruce is 20 something. Yes, I know he was in ASM.

DeGenerate10 02-24-2013 08:57 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by TheHeatKitchen (Post 25247659)
John Krasinski!

Someone had to

I see your Krasinski and I raise you Idris Elba!

chamber-music 02-24-2013 09:28 AM

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One of the best casting choices I have heard for Alfred in recent years in Simon Callow

http://s18.postimage.org/b3aw9p97t/s..._article_0.jpg

Spider-Kurt! 02-24-2013 11:56 AM

Re: Alfred Pennyworth in the reboot
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheFantasticJoe (Post 25245245)
With a new Batman movie series, a new Alfred is inevitable. How would you like to see Alfred portrayed in the upcoming reboot, and who would be best to play him?

Personally, I'd like to see the formula mixed up a bit from the previous two series. Where Michael Gough and Michael Caine played more elderly, nurturing types, I wouldn't mind seeing a more involved, war-toughened Alfred that plays more on his army background. Maybe make him a little younger (late fifties as opposed to early-mid seventies like the previous two Alfreds) and get him more involved in the action. I'm not saying he should fight crime alongside Batman, but I'd like to see him more hands-on in the detective work as a supporting figure to Bruce.

Of course, he still should have that fatherly feel to him, but I'd like to see a little more from him this time around. I think Batman: The Animated Series is a good model to base him on.

Maybe my ideas are terrible, but that's just my way of seeing it. How would you like Alfred to be portrayed?

You're ideas seem fine to me.As I mentioned in a different post,I'd like to see more of when needed Alfred working on computers in the cave,researching information and background checks,studying surveylence cameras,running analysis evidence, working as a medic and things of that nature while Batman is out fighting crime or recouperating from injuries.

Gamma Goliath 02-24-2013 01:41 PM

Re: Alfred Pennyworth in the reboot
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheFantasticJoe (Post 25245245)
With a new Batman movie series, a new Alfred is inevitable. How would you like to see Alfred portrayed in the upcoming reboot, and who would be best to play him?

Personally, I'd like to see the formula mixed up a bit from the previous two series. Where Michael Gough and Michael Caine played more elderly, nurturing types, I wouldn't mind seeing a more involved, war-toughened Alfred that plays more on his army background. Maybe make him a little younger (late fifties as opposed to early-mid seventies like the previous two Alfreds) and get him more involved in the action. I'm not saying he should fight crime alongside Batman, but I'd like to see him more hands-on in the detective work as a supporting figure to Bruce.

Of course, he still should have that fatherly feel to him, but I'd like to see a little more from him this time around. I think Batman: The Animated Series is a good model to base him on.

Maybe my ideas are terrible, but that's just my way of seeing it. How would you like Alfred to be portrayed?

The Alfred you're looking for is basically the Batman earth one Alfred. Pretty much everything you wanted all wrapped into a tough hard nosed Alfred.

DACrowe 02-24-2013 02:11 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by The Guard (Post 25245343)
Part of me still wants to see Anthony Hopkins take on the role. At least then Alfred would have good diction. I'm all for a younger, tougher Alfred, though. They sort of played with the idea that Alfred had a military/spy past in the most recent franchise, but never really capitalized on that.

Yes, I would actually say that Nolan's Alfred is much more of a reformed war veteran/soldier of fortune type. I kind of see him as the elderly version of Caine's character in The Man Who Would Be King.

I suppose if you cast someone in their 50s or early 60s you could go further. But I imagine it will be more formal and like Gough and TAS in the future. Just a hunch.

ThePowerCosmic 02-24-2013 02:44 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by chamber-music (Post 25248993)
One of the best casting choices I have heard for Alfred in recent years in Simon Callow

http://s18.postimage.org/b3aw9p97t/s..._article_0.jpg

Don't know who that is, but he looks like he'd be a good Alfred.

Eddie Dean 02-24-2013 03:33 PM

Re: Alfred Pennyworth in the reboot
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DACrowe (Post 25249905)
Yes, I would actually say that Nolan's Alfred is much more of a reformed war veteran/soldier of fortune type. I kind of see him as the elderly version of Caine's character in The Man Who Would Be King.

Funny, I always thought of Caine's Alfred as an elderly version of this character -

http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/...ps64adc357.jpg

Which of course, means Jude Law should play Alfred in about 30 years.

Boom 02-24-2013 03:46 PM

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Charles Dance.


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