How the franchise nailed the mythos
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5. The Alfred Pennyworth/Bruce Wayne Relationship
Even though Michael Caine's Alfred Pennyworth -- butler to Bruce Wayne and caretaker to a battered Batman -- was unfortunately rendered in overt strokes in the new film (a stiff upper lip giving way to sniveling raw emotion felt out of character), it was nevertheless this relationship that had to work. And it did, the final film putting a nice bow on things, narratively speaking. Caine has done a marvelous job throughout of maintaing the even keel that is Alfred, being equal parts father and friend, joshing brother and nagging wife.