Ruminating about Gotham
So .. Jada Pinkett Smith is becoming the female version of James Spader, stealing all her scenes.
But, can someone tell me if Alfred is going to continue being this way? As he’s written right now, he’s not the unflappable Alfred I know from various versions of Batman. He’s certainly not anywhere near the interesting version Michael Caine put together with Nolan in the films. He’s more like the hapless Lestrade that Sean Pertwee plays on Elementary, sans the coconut water.
I really like the way he’s playing Alfred, because this is Alfred years before the one Michael Caine played. The two most important people in his life have just died, and he’s suddenly confronted with the fact that he, an unmarried and childless bachelor, has to raise an extremely intense, complicated, and above-averagely intelligent child.
Would you be unflappable if you suddenly went from the guy who makes dinner and puts out people’s clothes to being the sole guardian and protector of a child billionaire? I certainly wouldn’t. He has no idea how to raise Bruce, and he’s scared to death Bruce is going to seriously hurt himself, and it’s going to be his fault.
Once we get to Michael Caine, Alfred has had 20 years to establish his relationship with Bruce, and Bruce has had 20 years to learn to trust Alfred and regard him as a father figure. In Gotham, we’re literally days from the Waynes’ deaths. That’s a completely different context.