Batman Prequel Pennyworth Finds Its Alfred And Thomas Wayne

by Erik Amaya

 

While the Batman prequel series Gotham is getting ready for its final season, another Batman prequel inches closer to reality as Epix’s Pennyworth series finds its stars.

TVLine reports Jack Bannon will play a younger version of Batman’s most stalwart companion. But in the ten-episode first season of Pennyworth, audiences will see Alfred as a former SAS solider who goes to work for Wayne in the 1960s. Presumably, the series will explore something not really covered since Alfred’s military origins solidified — why Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) would entrust his boy to a man who is ostensibly his butler.

And in covering the beginnings of their bond, the series will also explore Alfred trying to “reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become.” According to the character description obtained by TVLine, “He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.”

While not set in the fictional reality as Gotham, that series’ executive producer and developer Bruno Heller is involved in Pennyworth and writing the pilot script. Gotham EP Danny Cannon was also said to be directing the pilot, but is unclear is this is still the case.

Also unclear is whether or not we will meet Martha along the way.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com. A contributing writer at CBR, Fanbase Press, Monkeys Fighting Robots and Rotten Tomatoes. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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