Opinion: Andy Serkis could be the best Alfred Pennyworth yet in new Batman movie

Andy Serkis attends Sony Pictures' "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" Los Angeles Premiere on July 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

If the great news continues, this could be one of the best comic-book movies casts ever assembled.

There's no stopping the Batman!

Over the decades, we've seen so many phenomenal actors don the cape to deliver us a crime-fighting crusader to remember. With such a popular character immortalised forever in popular culture, it's hardly surprising that everybody has a favourite in mind. 

Adam West remains wonderfully nostalgic, but increasingly we find more and more people look back at Michael Keaton's time as Bruce Wayne as some sort of golden age for the character. On the other hand, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy really did come along and change the game entirely. Arguably one of the greatest actors of his generation - Christian Bale -  swept in and stole the show in Batman Begins, delivering an iconic and gritty protagonist for another two sensational instalments. 

Ben Affleck proved to be the most divisive, but criticism largely centred on the films themselves - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League - rather than on Ben. 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dir. Zack Snyder 2016

The Batman: Here is the cast so far

Well, you can step aside now Ben, because Robert Pattinson has already proven to be one of the most controversial pieces of casting in recent memory. 

The former Twilight star has reinvigorated his career significantly lately, turning in great work across Good Time, The Lost City of Z, High Life and beyond. Now, audiences are anticipating him tackling the role of Batman in Matt Reeves' (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) forthcoming 2021 reboot

So far, we have Rob in the titular role, Zoë Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Catwoman, Paul Dano (There Will be Blood) as The Riddler and Jeffrey Wright (The Goldfinch) as Commissioner Gordon. 

Also, Digital Spy recently noted that Andy Serkis is being eyed for the role of Alfred Pennyworth - Bruce's butler and friend. Colin Farrell (In Bruges) has also been rumoured as The Penguin, with Cosmic Book News also reporting that Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar) has been rumoured as Two-face. 

 

Andy Serkis would be perfect as Alfred Pennyworth!

Personally, Andy Serkis screams out as a particularly perfect slice of casting. 

The two previous actors to take on the role of Alfred on the big screen have been Michael Caine (Inception) and Jeremy Irons (Watchmen). Michael did a phenomenal job, managing to draw us into the character's love for Bruce whenever on screen. 

However, Jeremy really had very little to work with, failing to make much of an impression. What he delivered was a revised version of Alfred that never went the full-mile to truly work. It felt like he was flitting between tradition and something new far too often. 

Andy Serkis, on the other hand, could reveal an Alfred we've never seen before. We envision he could be a more seasoned and hardened sidekick, contrasting nicely with a cool and collected Pattinson; we're imagining a suave, detective-like Batman this time around. Andy has impressed in such a variety of roles in The Lord of the Rings (Gollum), Black Panther (Ulysses Klaue), War for the Planet of the Apes (Caesar), Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (Ian Dury) and The Cottage (David). He'd be unlikely to conform to how we traditionally perceive Alfred, and considering how many incarnations we've had of the character, that's exactly what we need. 

Andy Serkis attends the FX Networks TCA's Starwalk Red Carpet at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.Andy Serkis attends the FX Networks TCA's Starwalk Red Carpet at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

Matt Reeves' Batman takes shape

Andy is perfectly capable of sculpting Alfred as a more stern and commanding presence in Bruce's life; somebody that will clash with him rather explosively, rather than enabling him dismissively. 

When he was rumoured, our initial thoughts jumped to how he will deviate from previous performances, and that's exactly the kind of excitement The Batman has delivered with the casting so far. It feels perfectly in alignment with what we've already learned of the project. 

We've seen Joaquin Phoenix and Heath Ledger revise the Joker to great success, and perhaps it's time for Alfred to undergo a similar transformation. 

Let's just hope he's officially announced!

In other news, has For All Mankind been renewed?

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