Batman's butler/surrogate father Alfred Pennyworth is a staple for the franchise - so much so that the often eldery character got his own young-and-sexy, self-titled spin-off series on Epix earlier this year. The most famous movie rendition of the character remains the one from Tim Burton's Batman Returns, where he was played by Danny DeVito as a deformed heir of a wealthy family, who abandoned him because he physically resembled a penguin.
It won't be Colin Farrell's first foray into comic book territory.
The Batman cast is fleshing out its most important parts, with writer/director Matt Reeves' film recently finding its villains (Paul Dano's Riddler, Zöe Kravitz's Catwoman) and supporting crew (Jeffrey Wright's Jim Gordon).
Regardless, The Batman's cast is shaping up to be something rather interesting.
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And that's not the only piece of casting news for the blockbuster, as Andy Serkis is also said to be in talks to join the film as Bruce Wayne's loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Also confirmed is Robert Pattinson, who will portray the man himself (Batman obvs).
Only it wasn't really a top-secret project, because he hadn't even attempted to bag the role at that point. Everyone was panicking from my team. The rumors have already ignited a fanart showdown on the internet where the DC fanbase has started imagining Robert Pattinson and Andy Serkis together.
"I love the director, Matt Reeves, and it's a dope character".