By Nick Romano
May 29, 2016 at 06:18 PM EDT
Clay Enos

Jeremy Irons isn’t apologizing for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In fact, he thinks the DC film deserved the heavy criticism it received.

“I mean, it took £800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter, but it was sort of overstuffed,” he told The Daily Mail’Event magazine. “It was very muddled. I think the next one will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear.” 

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Irons portrayed Bruce Wayne’s Butler, Alfred Pennyworth, in the Zack Snyder film, which introduced Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor alongside Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel. Its worldwide gross surpassed $871 million, but its domestic intake dramatically tapered off following the opening weekend.  

Irons will reprise his role for Justice League: Part One, scheduled for release on Nov. 17, 2017. “I’m tied into the Batman at the minute, which is nice because it’s a bit of income,” he said, adding, “Not that I need a bit of income, but it’s nice to keep ticking over.”

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