52 Fun Facts About Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

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Creating Alfred Pennyworth

Many will say that before Batman had Robin, his primary crime-fighting partner was Alfred.  However, “partner” may not be enough to describe the loyal butler.  Alfred has acted as mentor, parent, caretaker, and confidant to one of the greatest heroes in the world.  In the comics, his name is held in such high esteem that even the Justice League sees him as an equal.  In the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailers, Alfred can be seen sternly advising Bruce to not act brashly.

Did You Know?

  • Alfred Pennyworth was created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson.
  • Alfred Pennyworth made his first appearance in Batman #16 (April/May 1943).  In this introduction, the character was portly and clean-shaven.
  • Alfred was originally intended as a comedic foil, but after Batman #36, the character’s silliness was drastically toned down.
  • During the Pre-Crisis Era (1938 – 1986), Alfred’s background was that of a retired actor and former intelligence agent.
  • The Post-Crisis version of Alfred is the one most commonly seen in modern media.  Alfred is established as having been employed by Thomas and Martha Wayne, and being part of Bruce’s life since his birth.
  • Past live-action film incarnations of Alfred were portrayed by William Austin, Eric Wilton, Michael Gough, and Michael Cane.
  • Past live-action television incarnations of Alfred were portrayed by Alan Napier, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Ian Abercrombie, and Sean Pertwee.

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