‘Batman v Superman’ actor says ‘muddled’ movie deserved its bad reviews

The superhero mash-up movie became a box office smash despite being slated by film critics

Jeremy Irons has admitted that Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice deserved its poor reviews, calling the movie “muddled” and “overstuffed”.

The Oscar-winning English actor plays Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth in the superhero mash-up movie, which came out in March and has now grossed over $870 million (£595 million) at the global box office despite a generally negative response from critics. On review aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes, the film’s approval rating is a lowly 27%.

When a Daily Mail journalist told Irons that the film had received a “kicking” from the critics, the actor replied: “Deservedly so. I mean it took $800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed…”

“It was very muddled,” Irons added. “I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear.”

Irons also confirmed that he will appear in future instalments of the franchise, saying: “I’m tied into The Batman at the minute, which is nice because it’s a bit of income.” He will next be seen as Alfred Pennyworth in The Justice League Part One, which is due out in 2017.

Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman will also appear in the Justice League movie, joined by Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Amber Heard as Mera.

Read the NME review of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice here.