Collider Movie Talk: ‘Batman v Superman’s Alfred Has A Special Ops Background

     January 29, 2016



On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (January 29th, 2016), Dennis Tzeng, Clarke Wolfe, and Josh Macuga discuss the following:

  • Jeremy Irons talks about Alfred in Batman v Superman 
  • Star Wars Episode IX to be shot on film
  • Latest Deadpool marketing
  • Nine Lives trailer
  • Box office predictions (brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Best cast in a movie
  • Movie with re-watch value
  • The job of a movie producer
  • And much more…

In an interview with Empire magazine, Jeremy Irons who plays Alfred, the butler turned father figure to Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, has released some new details about his character. Irons talked about “finding a different angle on Alfred” revealing that his version of the character doesn’t live at Wayne Manor but at a “sleek lakeside residence” and also says this Alfred will be more “hands-on” with a special-ops background being hinted at.


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During a press conference at the Sundance Film Festival, Colin Trevorrow who directed last year’s blockbuster Jurassic World and who is also set to direct Episode IX of the Star Wars franchise announced that he planned on shooting the 2019 Star Wars movie on film.  He was quoted as saying this:

“There’s something in my brain that says, ‘well they didn’t have video cameras then,’” said Trevorrow.

“It’s a period film,” Trevorrow joked. “It happened a long time ago.”


The Deadpool marketing campaign has been generally well received by both fans of the irreverent comic book character and casual movie fans alike.  Viral videos have included the announcement that the movie was Rated R, Deadpool hanging with kids on Halloween, and a Happy Australia Day one released last week. Now you can add a PSA for testicular cancer to the list. Ryan Reynolds tweeted out this funny video with the caption “Something to touch yourself to. #deadpool” Deadpool arrives in theaters on February 12th. 

Last week we saw our first trailer for a cat-focused R-rated comedy called Keanu from comedy duo Key and Peele, this week we have a trailer for another cat-focused family movie called Nine Lives. The film stars Kevin Spacey as an uncaring billionaire businessman that gets turned into a cat named Mr. Fuzzypants in order to learn to love and appreciate his family. The film also stars Christopher WalkenJennifer Gardner, Malina Weissman and Robbie Amell. The movie is being directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and is set for release on August 5, 2016.


Box Office Predictions brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. This is the part of the show where we make our predictions of what movies and in what order will top this weekend’s box office.


Luke Larson writes:


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Hey Collider! Greetings from frigid South Dakota! Recently I watched The Ides of March and thought how amazing the casting was: George Clooney as a likable politician, Philip Seymour Hoffman as a worn down campaign manager, Paul Giamatti as a slimy, jaded villain, Ryan Gosling as a doe-eyed, naive idealist, and Marisa Tomei as a seductive journalist. My question to you is what do you think is the most well-cast movie of all time? Thanks for all you do! 

Jonathan Holt writes:

Hey collider crew! My love for the Star Wars franchise is undying, and with the release of episode 7 it continues to grow! I’ve now seen the movie 6 times, and with every repeat viewing I enjoy the film more and more. So my question to you is, (other than Star Wars) what movies have you seen that continue to get better every time you see them? (I’m guessing John will say Man of Steel) Thanks for all the work you guys do, and continue to wallow in all that filthy!

Rob White writes:

My Beloved Collider Movie Talk-

I have a question about the different responsibilities of producers and directors. From what I understand, the director of a movie really is the person whose job it is to turn a script into a piece of art. He hires and directs the actors. He coordinates the crew. He works with the composer and the editor in post-production. His vision (or lack thereof) is ultimately what determines whether a movie is good or bad. And yet, when the Academy Awards give out the trophies for Best Picture, it’s the producers who go up and take the credit. So, my question is: What is it that producers actually do? Why do they get the Best Picture trophies? Aren’t they really just the guys who handle the financial aspects of making a film? Martin Scorsese is an artist. Harvey Weinstein isn’t really an artist is he? And while I’m asking, what is an Executive Producer? I love your show- it’s really the only thing, besides college football, that I watch *religiously*! Keep up the great work!

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