Alfred Pennyworth

Alfred Pennyworth

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General Information

Real name:

Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth

First Appearance:

Batman #16 (April–May 1943)

Created by:

as Alfred Beagle :
Donald Clough Cameron ( writer ),
( artist ) :

Donald Clough Cameron (writer), Bob Kane (artist):

Developed by:

as Alfred Pennyworth:
( writer ),
( artist ) Bill Finger (writer), Jerry Robinson (artist)

Affiliations:

Batman Family
( once ) SIS (formerly)

Abilities:

Medical training

Portrayed by:

William Austin
Eric Wilton
Alan Napier
Michael Gough
Alastair Duncan
Michael Caine
Martin Jervis
Sean Pertwee
Jeremy Irons
Enn Reitel
Ralph Fiennes
Jack Bannon
Douglas Hodge
Andy Serkis

Eric WiltonMartin JervisJack BannonDouglas Hodge

Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth is Bruce Wayne ‘s valet at Wayne Manor. He knows that Bruce is secretly Batman and aids him. Alfred Pennyworth, after a vary career, was employed as the Wayne family valet when Bruce Wayne ‘s parents were killed. Alfred raised the young orphan and reluctantly aided him in his bay to become Batman. His many skills—ranging from cooking to medicine—make him Batman ‘s staunchest ally, along with a formal demeanor that grounds the Dark Knight and deflects those who might otherwise fishy Batman ‘s true identity .

history

Pre-Crisis

Alfred who was primitively called Alfred Beagle was a go to bed intelligence agent who followed the deathbed wish of his dying don, Jarvis Beagle, to carry on the tradition of serving the Wayne Family. To that end, Alfred introduced himself to Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson at Wayne Manor and insisted on becoming their butler. Although the pair did not want one, particularly since they did not want to jeopardize their clandestine identities with a servant in the house, they did not have the heart to reject Alfred. That night, Alfred awoke to moaning and followed the sound to the clandestine doorway to the stairway to the Batcave and met his manque employers in their superhero identities ( Wayne had been injured while out in the field ). As it turned out, the wounds were actually insignificant, but Alfred ‘s care convinced the residents that their butler could be trusted. Since then, Alfred included the support staff duties of the Dynamic Duo on peak of his regular tasks. belated, Alfred was reunited with his long-lost daughter, Julia Remarque. This character has yet to appear in the Post-Crisis comics .

Post-Crisis

In the Post-Crisis comics ‘ continuity, Alfred, immediately called, Alfred Pennyworth had been the Wayne Family butler all of Bruce ‘s life sentence and had helped his chief establish his superhero career from the beginning. In summation, he was Bruce ‘s legal defender following the deaths of his parents. Alfred ‘s history has been modified several times over the years, creating consort versions. In one such interpretation, Alfred was hired away from the british Royal Family by Bruce ‘s parents, and he virtually raised Bruce after they were murdered. interim, another version of Alfred ‘s Post-Crisis life was slenderly more closely linked to his pre-Crisis counterpart. In this translation Alfred was an actor on the English Stage, who agreed to become the Wayne ‘s butler, alone so as to honor the dying wish of his don. At the time he begins working for the Wayne ‘s when Bruce was but a young child. After several months, Alfred voices the desire to quit and return home to continue his life as an actor. however, these plans are momentarily forgotten when unseasoned Bruce returns home plate, after getting into a crusade with a school browbeat. Alfred teaches Bruce to handle the bully strategically, rather than using animal violence. Following Alfred ‘s advice, Bruce manages to take care of his bang-up problem. Upon returning dwelling, Bruce requests that Alfred stays, and Alfred agrees without a second thought. Following the Infinite Crisis however it appears that Alfred ‘s history has been merged to combine both his pre and post-Crisis histories. He spent years as a extremity of the british Guard and belated became a extremity of MI-5 before retiring and taking up his beloved of acting. Following his don ‘s death, he then became the Wayne Family Butler. Whether or not the perch of his history has remained the lapp or has been even again altered has not yet been revealed, although it has been occasionally hinted at. Following the murders of the Wayne Family, Alfred was named Bruce ‘s legal defender in the will left by Thomas and Martha, however, social services combated the will feeling that Bruce should not be raised by a servant. however, Bruce managed to remain in Alfred ‘s caution by, despite his young age, bribing the social service agent into allowing Alfred to raise him .
Alfred would late aid Bruce in raising Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Tim Drake, all of whom would be adopted by Bruce Wayne and become his partner Robin. He besides had close friendships with other members of the Bat-Clan including Barbara Gordon and Cassandra Cain ( the latter of whom would besides be adopted by Bruce prior to his death ). Alfred often acts as a father-figure to Bruce, and a grandfather to Dick, Jason, Tim and Cassandra. however, due to his quite cold personality, Bruce Wayne makes indisputable that at least some degree of the business relationship between the two always exists. He is besides highly respected by those heroes who are mindful of his being, including Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the original Teen Titans .
Alfred has besides been romantically linked to Dr. Leslie Thompkins, though his relationship with her never came to anything beyond periodic dates, particularly after she apparently allowed Stephanie Brown to die from negligence. He besides developed feelings for Tim Drake ‘s stepmother, but again, nothing came out of it. During the events of Knightquest, Alfred accompanies Wayne to England and becomes enraged when Wayne insists on endangering his own health while paraplegic. This was the completion of several weeks of Wayne ‘s self-destructive demeanor, and when Wayne returns to Gotham, Alfred remains in England, tendering his resignation. He spends some prison term vacationing in Antarctica and The Bahamas before returning to England. Dick Grayson tracks him down respective months late and convinces him to return to Wayne Manor. In that narrative, it was revealed he had walked out of his own wedding years earlier. His resourcefulness came to the fore in the No Man ‘s Land storyline, specially in Legends of the Dark Knight # 118. Batman is missing for weeks, leaving Alfred entirely to watch his city for him. He uses his skills as an actor, narrator, medical officer, and spy to survive and collect information on the recently destroyed society. Alfred even uses hand-to-hand battle in a rare one-panel fight sequence between him and a couple of slavers that ends with his rescue by Batman. At a steer in which Commissioner Gordon was shot and about killed, Alfred took notice that Bruce was behaving increasingly out of sorts. Feeling that Bruce had pushed his entire kin as far aside as possible, Alfred gave Bruce his resignation and left his employment. Alfred, however, continued to work with the Bat-family, going with Tim to the Brentwood Academy for Boys, working as his butler. Following Bruce being accused of murdering a girlfriend ( actually executed by David Cain ), Alfred returned to Bruce ‘s use .
In Batman # 677, agents of Batman ‘s cryptic enemy the Black Glove attack and pulsate Alfred in front of Bruce and Jezebel Jet, badly injuring him. In the lapp issue, a reporter from The Gotham Gazette suggests to Commissioner Gordon that Alfred may be Bruce ‘s biological founder and that this may be a reason for the mangle of Martha Wayne. Alfred late denies the entire history, agreeing with Bruce that it was a fabrication. Alfred is the last extremity of the Bat-Family to see Bruce alive, prior to his reported death at the hands of Darkseid .
In Batman And The Outsiders Special, Alfred is seen apologizing at the grave ‘s of Thomas and Martha Wayne at the personnel casualty of Bruce, commenting that he grieves as a rear, regarding Bruce as his son. late, a secret empanel in Alfred ‘s room opens, the result of a failsafe planted by Bruce in the consequence of his death. Bruce leaves his one concluding undertaking, and besides gives him an aroused adieu, telling Alfred he considered him as a forefather. Alfred then assembled a new team of Outsiders, now under his control, while continuing to serve as the Wayne family butler to Bruce ‘s assume children : Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Cassandra Cain and finally, Damian Wayne. tied after Bruce was returned, Alfred continued his work at Wayne Manor with Grayson while Bruce spread out as Batman Incorporated .

Post-Flashpoint

After the timeline is reset, Bruce Wayne is once again working out of Wayne Manor with Alfred as his primary confidante. When the Joker mounts his latest fire against Batman, his first step is to abduct Alfred, prompting refer from the remainder of the kin that the Joker knows Batman ‘s true identity, but Bruce affirms that the Joker precisely choose Alfred because of Wayne ‘s association to Batman Inc. quite than personal cognition, late confessing to Alfred that he once ‘tested ‘ the Joker and confirmed that the Joker is incapable of acknowledging the mind that Batman may have another identity. During a major assault on Batman ‘s life, Alfred is reunited with his long-absent daughter, Julia Pennyworth, an agent of the especial Reconnaissance Regiment, when Batman finds her in Hong Kong and takes her binding to Wayne Manor for medical treatment after she is stabbed with a samurai sword through the thorax by a chinese gang boss the two were hunting. Although Julia is initially hostile to Alfred, feeling that he has wasted his animation going from a soldier to tending to a dandy like Bruce Wayne, after Alfred is attacked by Hush and infected with a concern toxin, Julia discovers the Batcave and takes on her church father ‘s function to coordinate the Bat-Family ‘s efforts. Alfred is concisely transferred to Arkham before it is attacked as part of the conspiracy, but he manages to survive the explosion and trick Bane into helping him reach an emergency cave Batman had installed under the refuge, the cave ‘s defences knocking Bane out and allowing Alfred to call for aid. When Hush was briefly restrain prisoner in the Batcave, he managed to break out of his cell and lock Alfred in it before sabotaging the Bat-Family ‘s equipment via the Batcomputer as they fought versatile villains, including crashing the Batwing with Batman silent in it. however, he was swiftly returned to enslavement when Alfred escaped the cell and knocked Hush out, Alfred gratingly informing Tommy that he was hardly going to be locked up in his own home. When the Joker mounted his concluding attack, feeling that Batman had ‘changed the rules ‘ in their last confrontation, he broke into the Batcave and cut off Alfred ‘s hired hand. Julia was able to get her father fleet aesculapian treatment and he was reported to be in stable condition, but Alfred falls into a deeply depression after Bruce ‘s apparent death, even rejecting the estimate of having his hand reattached as there was no steer without Bruce to serve. however, after Bruce is discovered to be animated but with no memory of who he is or his life as Batman, Alfred tells Bruce everything that had happened in his life up to the point of the creation of Batman, but accepts Bruce ‘s request not to learn any more, hoping that this would give Bruce a probability at a life sentence without pain and the cut desire to be Batman, allowing his biography as Bruce Wayne to ultimately begin. however, when the raw villain Mr. Bloom launches a mass attack on Gotham, the amnesic Bruce pieces together enough information to deduce that he was once Batman, and convinces Alfred to subject him to a machine that will theoretically download all of his memories as Batman into his judgment. Bruce ‘s original plan was for this car to be used to create a series of clones of himself that could be programmed to continue his mission, but although the process failed because simulations confirmed that the human mind could not handle Batman ‘s injury, Bruce comes through the process by having Alfred take him to the period of brain-death and then download his memories onto his blank mind. After Bloom was defeated, Bruce arranged for Alfred have his hand reattached .
When the Flashpoint Batman and Bane took over Gotham, they held Alfred hostage as a hindrance to the Batman Family. however, Damian finally decided to attempt to stop them. After capturing the adolescent, Bane went through with his menace and broke Alfred ‘s neck, killing him .

Attributes

  • Skilled actor
  • Trained in emergency medical techniques
  • Proficient with mechanical and computer systems
  • Expert in domestic sciences
  • Unflappable manner
  • Unlike Batman, perfectly willing to wield firearms during times of crisis

personality

Alfred has taken on the character as Bruce Wayne ‘s deputy don after the death of his parents. aside from that, Alfred is patriotic, intelligent, manage, hardworking, indefatigable, sometimes sarcastic, judicious, brave, bold, protective, kind and fatherly. Despite occasionally unreassuring about Bruce ‘s guard, he none the less supports him in his crusade to rid Gotham of crime as Batman and is very resourceful to him .

kin

Alfred ‘s father, Jarvis Pennyworth, had previous served the Wayne kin as their butler anterior to his hire. His death motivated Alfred to take over the position to the Wayne kin. Alfred besides has a brother named Wilfred, an accomplished dramaturgy actor, and a niece, Daphne. Neither have been involved in his occupation of work, though have been involved in several of Batman ‘s cases.

The Earth-One version of Alfred was at one compass point romantically linked with Mademoiselle Marie. Through her, Alfred had a daughter, Julia Pennyworth. Unlike her parents, she was initially a diarist, though was involved in several of Batman ‘s cases. During the New 52, Julia was reintroduced as Alfred ‘s daughter with an nameless charwoman. like to her beget, Julia became involved in espionage and military organizations, such as MI6 and Special Reconnaissance Regiment. Like her father, Julia is mindful of Batman ‘s dual identity. Since the multiverse ‘s refreshment following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Alfred has served as the surrogate/foster father of Bruce Wayne after his parents ‘ mangle. Through Batman, he has served as as the deputy grandfather to the assorted Robins and Batgirls, including Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Cassandra Cain and Damian Wayne. Scott Snyder ‘s All-Star Batman series introduced a knockoff of Alfred called the Dark Knight, created by the Nemesis Program agent Briar. Though more of a genetic template, Alfred arguably serves as the “ biological father ” of the ringer .

In other Media

Columbia serials ( 1943-49 )

William Austin was the inaugural actor to portray Alfred, defining the character to the recognizable interpretation known today. He was replaced by Eric Wilton in the 1949 follow-up consecutive .

television receiver series and Movie ( 1966 )

Alan Napier portrayed Alfred on the 1960 ‘s television receiver Series starring Adam West. In one of the final episodes of the series Batgirl unintentionally finds out that Alfred is Batman ‘s mysterious accomplice – hence Batman is Bruce Wayne ; however at the like time Alfred finds out that Batgirl is Barbara Gordon – thus neither can expose the secret identities of Batman, Robin, and Batgirl .

movie

Motion Picture Anthology ( 1989-1997 )

Michael Gough played Alfred in all four films reprised the lease in OnStar commercials and a audiobook .

The Dark Knight Trilogy ( 2005-2012 )

Michael Caine portrayed Alfred in the movie Batman Begins ( 2005 ), The Dark Knight ( 2008 ) and The Dark Knight Rises ( 2012 ) .

DC Films

LEGO film series

Alfred Pennyworth is one of the independent characters of The LEGO Batman Movie, voiced by Ralph Fiennes. In the film, he is both a butler and a father-figure to Batman/Bruce Wayne. He besides helps Bruce open up to having a family after the latter showed his reverence of being part of one. The character besides appears in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part .

television

DC Animated Universe

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. provided Alfred ‘s voice on Batman: The Animated Series ( with the exception of four episodes from the first season in which Alfred was voiced by Clive Revill ) and The New Batman Adventures. This version of Alfred combines elements from Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis continuities ; Alfred has been serving the Wayne Family since ahead Thomas Wayne ‘s death and helped his young charge assume the Batman identity, but was besides revealed to be a erstwhile agentive role for british Intelligence .

Birds of Prey

Ian Abercrombie portrayed Alfred on the ephemeral television series, Birds of Prey. The depiction is largely inspired by Michael Gough in the Motion Picture Anthology, Abercrombie first doubled for Gough in a VHS commercial for Batman & Robin .

Young Justice

Alfred Pennyworth makes a small voice cameo in the sequence Hawk and Dove, providing Dick Grayson with a belittled transfer to help Rachel Roth. His actor is never credited .

Pennyworth

See: Alfred Pennyworth ( Jack Bannon )

Video Games

LEGO Video Games

Arkham Games

Telltale Series

trivium

  • While not as skilled at hand-to-hand combat as Bruce Wayne, Alfred is nearly as resourceful. batman : Gotham Adventures 16 has him kidnapped, only to readily escape and overcome his captors without even mussing his suit. It is later mentioned that he has overcome 27 kidnapping attempts. 130?cb=20111021174728
  • He is the only member of the Batman Family that is excused by Bruce Wayne to own a firearm, other than the police officers, like Gordon and Bullock, who could be considered honorary members of the family.
  • The character is very popular, having received a nomination for the R.A.C. “Squiddy” Award for Favorite Supporting Character in 1994 and for Best Character in 2001. He was also nominated for the Wizard Fan Award for Favorite Supporting Male Character in 1994.
  • Like most of the Earth-One Batman Family members, Pennyworth never met Beagle though did meet with the Earth-Two Huntress and Earth-Two Grayson who mentioned Beagle to Pennyworth.
  • As revealed in Batman & Son, Alfred reads the Artemis Fowl novels.
  • Alfred has been an actor in Britain’s Theatre.
  • Alfred has two different live-action incarnations who were portrayed by actors with the same first name: Alfred Pennyworth (Burton/Schumacherverse) (Michael Gough) and Alfred J. Pennyworth (Michael Caine).

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