Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) and Thomas Wayne’s (Ben Aldridge) list of opponents continues to grow.
Deadline reports X-Men: First Class‘s Jason Flemyng has joined Epix’s Batman prequel series Pennyworth as Lord Harwood. The character appears to be an original for the show, but you never know when DC Comics villains will magically appear out of the TV mists. As befitting an upper-crust British villain, Harwood is described as “cultured, urbane, brilliant and supremely sure of himself,” but his charm conceals a “sadistic, cruel nature.”
Flemyng joins Bannon, Aldridge, and Paloma Faith, who will play fellow villain Bet Sykes.
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 would entrust his boy to a man who is ostensibly his butler and/or security chief.
And in covering the beginnings of their bond, the series will also explore an Alfred who is trying to “reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become.”
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.
It is also still unclear whether or not we will meet Martha along the way.