Batman v Superman may no longer be in cinemas, but it’s still causing plenty of problems for Warner Bros. Following the film’s release, it was revealed that the studio underwent a major personnel shake-up, with Geoff Johns put in charge of the DC Extended Universe and producer Charles Roven seeing his role significantly reduced.
The problems at executive level are mirrored in the film’s cast too with reports that Ben Affleck was humiliated by Batman v Superman’s reception not exactly helping matters. However, while Affleck has stayed admirably tight-lipped about his true feelings, Jeremy Irons has decided it’s time to address some harsh truths about the film.
During an interview with The Daily Mail, Irons did not swerve from reality, saying the movie deserved the mixed reception. Irons, who portrayed Alfred in Batman v Superman, admitted that it was ‘overstuffed’ and promised a simpler film next time around (we assume he’s referring to Justice League Part One and not Affleck’s solo Batman film).
“Deservedly so [when asked about the film’s mixed reception. 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.”
So Irons is far from being Batman v Superman’s biggest fan, but he isn’t publicly distancing himself from the DC Universe. In fact, he is happy to continue because it’s a source of income for the actor.
“I’m tied into The Batman at the minute, which is nice because it’s a bit of income… Not that I need a bit of income but it’s nice to keep ticking over.”
While Irons’ comments may alienate the staunch defenders of Batman v Superman, it’s rather refreshing to see such an honest assessment from a member of the cast. However, Warner Bros may not see it in the same light, especially considering that they are paying Irons for Justice League and the solo Batman flick. They probably have a right to be slightly peeved at the fact that Irons is generating more negative publicity about the film, as opposed to playing it by the books and saying how much he enjoyed being involved in the production, which is what most actors seem to do anyway.