Michael Caine, without a doubt, is the best actor to have played Alfred Pennyworth, the butler to the Wayne family and Batman.
Not only were his performances endearing, and greatly loved by the fans, he knew when and how to give it back to his master when needed.
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There have been several moments when Alfred unleashed his sass on Bruce Wayne. Always meaning well for the scion of the Wayne name, Alfred’s banter with Bruce was something that people enjoyed.
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Here are a few moments when Alfred was a savage beast with his responses:
Remember this scene when Ra’s Al Ghul burnt down the Wayne Manor? Well, Alfred saved Bruce, who was knocked unconscious. In the process, he tried to lift a heavy wooden beam off of Bruce.
Naturally, given that Alfred’s old, Bruce had to lend a hand. But given that even he struggled to lift the log, Alfred mocked him, asking what use were all those push-ups if he can’t save his own life. Hilarious indeed.2. I’d be happy to set you up with a chimpanzee if that’s what it takes.
In The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce was thoroughly impressed by the skills of Catwoman, aka Selina Kyle, played by Anne Hathaway, and tells Alfred just how clever she was in using graphite to lift his fingerprints. Alfred then proceeds to remark that the two should meet up and exchange notes.
Bruce retorts saying that now, Alfred was trying to set him up with a jewel thief, to which, Alfred gives one of the most savage retorts in the series.3. You can borrow the Rolls (Royce. Just fill the gas tank.
After Bruce disappeared from Gotham and went into training in Batman Begins, he was declared dead so that Wayne enterprises could be taken public. Alfred received a vast sum of Bruce’s inheritance, although he knew that Bruce was alive.
Upon returning, they start discussing how things have been, and how Bruce would go about saving Gotham. Alfred just glibly remarks that Bruce can “borrow” the Rolls Royce, as long as he returns it with the petrol tank filled. Imagine saying that to your boss, about his or her own car.4. Does It Hurt?
Again, in The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce was trying on a mechanical knee brace, owing to the fact that the cartilage from both his knees was completely gone.
While trying them out, he lets out an agonising groan. Alfred asks Bruce if it really hurts that badly. To this, Bruce replies that he should try it out. Alfred lets out a smile and says that he is more than happy to just see, implying that he better not be a part of any physical experiments that Bruce plans for himself.5. Try Not Landing On Your Head.
The iconic Batsuit from Batman Begins took a lot of time to design and make.
Obviously, there were a few hits and misses. When the first consignment of the masks and the cowl come along, they test it out with a baseball bat. Given that it shattered on impact, and was no good at all, Alfred explains why the mask failed, and that in the meantime, he should just avoid landing on his head. As if he was ever going to do that.
We just love how Alfred becomes quite glib at times.6. The Lamborghini then? Much more subtle.
Finally, we have this gem of a piece by Alfred, from The Dark Knight. Bruce rushes out of his apartment trying to save Reese, the accountant who found out that Bruce was, in fact, the Batman, after the Joker places a bounty on his head.
Alfred asks if it would be wise to take the “Batpod” out in the day. Bruce shares the same concerns and says that it wouldn’t be subtle exactly. To this, Alfred quite sarcastically exclaims that the alternative, a loud Lamborghini Murcielago was much more subtle.