For Gotham fans dreading the end of the series next month, DC Comics has some good news for you today. There’s a lot more to Alfred Pennyworth than meets the eye in a brand new DC television series coming this summer, where we learn he was once “a skilled fighter and strategist, a gifted medic and surgeon, and a pretty decent actor.” But where did Alfred learn and originally obtain these valuable skills? This new series, simply titled Pennyworth, will have the answers for us.
Despite the presence of Executive Producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, the series is not a prequel to Gotham. Pennyworth revolves around the titular character, a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, forming a security company as he goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne, in 1960s London. This takes place, obviously, long before the birth of Bruce Wayne.
Pennyworth will make its premiere on EPIX this summer, who has released the show’s first teaser today, albeit a short 15-second glimpse that offers just enough to make DC and Batman fans want more.
“Pennyworth blazes largely new ground and is not a spinoff or prequel to Gotham, so don’t look for familiar villains or allies in that brief sneak peek, with one exception. In Pennyworth, we get to know Alfred (Jack Bannon) when he’s a twentysomething former SAS officer who forms a security company and winds up working with a young Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) in 1960s London. The series also stars recording artist Paloma Faith, Jason Flemyng (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Ryan Fletcher (Outlander), Hainsley Lloyd Bennett (Eastenders), Emma Paetz (Gentleman Jack) and Polly Walker (The Mentalist, Rome).”
Pennyworth is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Produced by Warner Television, the Warner Bros. Television division behind such dramas as Longmire, Animal Kingdom and Krypton, Pennyworth reunites Heller with Gotham‘s Danny Cannon, who will direct and executive produce the pilot. Heller will write and executive produce.