Once chapter ends and another begins, as it's learned the showrunner behind Gotham is developing a new Batman prequel series withÂ Pennyworth.
DC announced the following details:
Breaking News: Alfred Takes the Stage in New EPIX Series "Pennyworth"
Who would Batman be without Alfred Pennyworth, his loyal butler and constant companion in crimefighting? Considering Alfredâ€™s unyielding assistance to both Bruce Wayne and the Dark Knight, the answer is probably not much. Yet, how much do we really know about Mr. Pennyworth? Where did he come from? How did he meet the Waynes? And how did someone with so many skills end up as a butler?
Weâ€™ll get answers to these questions and many more now that EPIX has greenlitÂ Pennyworth,Â an upcoming ten-part drama series from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, executive producer/writer Bruno Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon. Heller and Cannon, for those of you who donâ€™t recognize them, are the team behindÂ Gotham,Â Foxâ€™s hit #DCTV show that was just greenlit for a fifth season.
PennyworthÂ is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. It follows Bruce Wayneâ€™s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruceâ€™s billionaire father, in 1960â€™s London. Production will begin later this year, with a series premiere slated for 2019.
Said Michael Wright, President, EPIX, â€śAs genuine fans of these classic DC characters, as well as the incredibly talented Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, we couldnâ€™t be more excited to make EPIX the home of thisÂ series. We canâ€™t wait to work with Bruno and Dannyâ€”along with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner, Brett Paul and theÂ team at Warner Horizonâ€”on thisÂ fantasticÂ origin story.â€ť
Heller and Cannon said, â€śMichael and his colleagues have created the perfect venue for original storytelling, and all of us working onÂ PennyworthÂ are thrilled to be on the EPIX slate.â€ť
While many might see Alfred as an older, tuxedoed gentleman known largely for tidying up after his extremely secretive employer while providing occasional comic relief, the characterâ€™s comic book history has established that he lived quite a fascinating life prior to his employment with the Waynes. As the show description references, Alfred has a pretty well-established background in the British military, though his exact role in it has varied throughout the yearsâ€”sometimes heâ€™s in intelligence, sometimes heâ€™s a medic, sometimes heâ€™s in the RAF, sometimes heâ€™s in the Royal Marines. The point is that he knows how to fight and lately has been portrayed as something of a scrapper, including in Heller and Cannonâ€™sÂ Gotham. Heâ€™s also been shown to have a background in the theater, which has aided in the subterfuge required to keep his bossâ€™s alter ego a secret. Finally, itâ€™s also been revealed that Alfred has an adult daughter named Julia.
Itâ€™s unsure which, if any, of these characteristicsÂ PennyworthÂ might keep, but the bottom line is that thereâ€™s quite a bit to this characterâ€™s earlier life that has so far only been glimpsed in flashbacks and side stories. One recent standout storyline, for anyone interested in learning more about Mr. Pennyworth, is Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerqueâ€™s Alfred-centricÂ ALL STAR BATMAN VOL. 3: THE FIRST ALLY,Â in which the butler is revealed to have once been trained as a deadly elite agent.