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.”