Andy Serkis Opens Up About His Version of Alfred Pennyworth for The Batman

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Several actors have played Bruce Wayne's butler over the years, each with their own interpretation. Michael Caine's portrayal of Alfred Pennyworth in the Dark Knight Trilogy has become a fan-favorite. And though Andy Serkis is a fan of Caine's interpretation, the actor will be making this character his own, not exactly planning to top such performance.

In a recent interview with LADbible, Serkis talked about taking on the role of the butler as well as his approach in playing the character. "He [Caine] was fantastic," he said. "His Alfred was legendary, I couldn't even begin to go there, really."

"You find it for yourself," the actor added. "It's like playing these iconic roles in Shakespeare, you go back, you revisit them and you have to make it your own..." Serkis says you'll check what is it about the character that "connects" with you, then proceed to make a "personal Venn diagram" to see what similarities and differences you have with the character. Just like the actors who played Alfred before him, Serkis is likely to make his own version of the butler.

The actor also added that he was halfway through filming his part in The Batman when production was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. "So it will be interesting to see when that resurfaces how it has been affected by it [lockdown]," Serkis said. "But it is, it's going to be a beautiful film."

Serkis pretty much confirmed that the movie will have a "darker, broodier" Batman. However, the film is centered around the "emotional connection between Alfred and Bruce."

Are you excited to see Serkis' portrayal of Alfred? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

The Batman is set for release on October 1, 2021.

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