Batman V Superman’s Jeremy Irons says he would turn down a Knighthood, got into acting to be a ‘rogue’

Irons said he started acting to rebel and be 'a vagabond'

British actor and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice star Jeremy Irons has today (March 15) claimed he would decline a knighthood from the Queen.

The legendary British actor – known for his roles in films such as Lolita, Dead Ringers and Reversal Of Fortune (For which he won an oscar for Best Actor in 1990) – said that conforming to the status-quo is something he chose to avoid by going into acting.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, he said: “I became an actor to be a rogue and a vagabond and play by my own rules so I don’t think it would be apt for the establishment to pull me in as one of their own, for I ain’t,” according to The Guardian.


Irons plays Bruce Wayne’s Butler and confidant, Alfred Pennyworth, in the forthcoming DC Comics romp. Watch a trailer video below.

Going into detail about his early career, Irons said he paid his dues as a budding young actor by working various odd jobs, despite receiving stage school training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star recalled, “I worked in many other things when I was starting out. I was a builder, I was a social worker, I was a busker, I was a gardener, I was a house cleaner. All jobs which, I presume, are still available today if you want to have enough money to pay the rent for your bedsit while you are auditioning for things.”

Meanwhile, with just over a week to go until the film hits cinemas on March 25, Warner Bros have revealed the latest teaser for their blockbuster which will see Henry Cavill’s Superman go head to head with Ben Affleck as Batman.

In the new clip, which can be seen below, Irons pokes fun at Batman’s increasing age and the dangers of protecting the streets of Gotham as he gets older. “I’m getting slow in my old age, Alfred” says Batman, to which his butler replies: “Even you got too old to die young, not for lack of trying.”


The so-called “superhero mash-up movie” is set to open in cinemas worldwide on March 25. Director Zack Snyder has explained that the beginning of the film is weighted more heavily towards Ben Affleck’s Batman than Henry Cavill’s Superman, but “evens back out” as the narrative progresses.

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Holly Hunter as a US Senator, Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred, Laurence Fishburne as newspaper editor Perry White and Diane Lane as Superman’s adoptive mother Martha Kent.

Henry Cavill recently confirmed that the film isn’t conceived as a sequel to 2013’s Superman reboot Man Of Steel, but is “more of an introduction to Batman, an opening to Justice League, and an expansion of the world that was created in Man of Steel“.

Meanwhile, it has recently been reported that Affleck is to direct, co-write and star in a stand-alone Batman film set for release at some point in 2018.