Originally Posted by frodawgg
I like Michael Caine and, although I like him as Alfred, I still can't get past his cockney accent (not dissing the accent itself, just saying that the Alfred I'm used to doesn't have one). Other than that, he's awesome!
There's actually quite a subtle change in Alfred's voice in the two films. The older he gets, the further he gets from his military years the more loose and the more 'cockney' he gets. Check out the early scenes in 'Begins' especially when he welcomes Bruce back from Princeton, it's quite a posh English accent, much closer to the stereotypical English butler.