Will Batman's new Alfred be a past Bond?

Those Lex Luthor casting rumors were big, but they weren't the only Superman/Batman casting rumors in town.

For quite a while now we've been living with the rumor that Bryan Cranston is set to play Lex Luthor in director Zack Snyder's 2015 followup to Man of Steel, which will see Superman and Batman on the big screen together for the very first time. Cranston just stepped up to deny those rumors, but what about another casting rumor that's been making the rounds? What about the new Alfred?

We already know that Ben Affleck is on board as Batman/Bruce Wayne, but what is Bruce Wayne without his trusted butler and confidante, Alfred Pennyworth? Michael Caine gave the character new life for Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, but now we need a new Aflred to carry on the partnership, and rumor has it that Alfred will be none other than Timothy Dalton.

That's right. According to Cosmic Book News it looks like the former James Bond and Lord President of the Time Lords is who Snyder wants at Batman's side to keep Wayne Manor running smoothly. Cosmic Book News also says Dalton may be providing a "different take" on the character, which might suggest that we're about to see a big-screen version of Alfred more like the one portrayed in Beware the Batman or the Batman: Earth One graphic novel: a former spy or solider who becomes the Wayne Family head of security and goes on to train Bruce Wayne himself. 

Of course, Cosmic Book News was also the originator of the most recent Cranston-as-Luthor rumor, and that seems to be going nowhere at the moment, so take the Dalton casting rumor with a heaping spoonful of salt. Still, it sounds like an interesting idea.

What do you think? Would Dalton make a good Alfred?

(Cosmic Book News via Starburst Magazine)

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