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Alfred Pennyworth has always been vital to Bruce Wayne and Batman’s success, both in the comics and onscreen.
The butler is father figure, a mentor and a trusted colleague.
And with it being made clear in the new Justice League trailer (which already has more than 23 million views on YouTube) that Jeremy Irons’ incarnation will once again take a more hands-on role with Batman’s adventures, it is time to look back at the heroics of the first live-action Alfred, played by Alan Napier.
Napier, who died in 1988 at the age 85, appeared as Alfred in all 120 episodes of the 1960s Batman television series.
And of all that character’s most memorable moments, the top one has to be when he fought The Joker (Cesar Romero), who forced his way into Wayne Manor with a hostage in the season two episode, “Flop Goes The Joker.” The best part of the three-minute clip is when Alfred and The Joker sword fight with fire pokers.
Someone yells, “Be careful, Alfred! He’s a criminal!” To which the butler responds, “I know, madam, but a very poor fencer.”
Check out the classic duel and new Justice League trailer below:
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