Jeremy Irons hasn’t got round to watching Zack Snyder’s Justice League just yet – but he’s made his feelings on the theatrical version clear.
When Justice League was in production, director Snyder stepped away due to a personal tragedy, and The Avengers helmer Joss Whedon oversaw reshoots that substantially changed the tone and plot of the film. After a lengthy fan campaign, the Snyder Cut was finally released in March 2021, with Irons once again playing Batman’s trusty butler Alfred Pennyworth.
“Strangely, I think I have it and I haven’t seen it,” Irons told Variety (opens in new tab). “I shall have to hunt it out and see if I have it somewhere online or on a DVD. I remember talking to Zack before he did it and being very interested to see what he came up with. It couldn’t have been worse.”
In answer to a follow-up question on if Irons meant the Snyder Cut couldn’t be worse than Justice League, the actor replied: “I don’t think it could have been, could it?” Then, when Variety’s interviewer said they thought the theatrical film was “dreadful,” Irons agreed: “Well, so did I.”
He’s not the only Justice League actor to comment on the film lately, either. Ben Affleck, who played Batman in the movie, recently said (opens in new tab): “It just was the worst experience. It was awful. It was everything that I didn’t like about this. That became the moment where I said, ‘I’m not doing this anymore.’ It’s not even about, like, Justice League was so bad. Because it could have been anything.”
Zack Snyder’s Justice League streams on HBO Max. If you’re in the mood for a super-movie marathon, check out our guide to watching DC movies in order.