Now that ‘Gotham’ has signed off after five years, perhaps fans are ready for another Bat-centric TV series. Enter Epix’s ‘Pennyworth’, created by ‘Gotham’ alumni Bruno Heller, and Danny Cannon. Both serve as executive producers, with Heller writing and Cannon directing. This ten-part series is set in Mod 1960s London, and follows Alfred Pennyworth, fresh out of the British SAS, who is forming his own security agency. Along the way, his path crosses that of a young Thomas Wayne, and the rest is history.
Jack Bannon (‘Medici’) portrays Alfred, while Ben Aldridge (‘Fleabag’) becomes the latest actor to portray Thomas Wayne. The cast also includes Dorothy Atkinson as Mrs. Pennyworth, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett as Deon ‘Bazza’ Bashford, Paloma Faith as Bet Sykes, Jason Flemyng as Lord Harwood, Ryan Fletcher as Wallace ‘Dave Boy’ MacDougal, Ian Puleston-Davies as Mr. Pennyworth, and Nicki Vickery as the intriguingly named character, The Severed Arm. ‘Pennyworth’ also features Emma Paetz as Martha Kane (a.k.a. Thomas’ future wife, Bruce’s mom, and noted pearl necklace enthusiast), Polly Walker as Peggy Sykes (who appears to be Alfred’s love interest), Charlie Woodward as recurring character Captain Curzon, and Jessica Ellerby as a very va-va-voomish take on Queen Elizabeth II.
Epix has announced that ‘Pennyworth’ will premiere on July 28th at 9 pm EST. In addition, the network has released a new trailer and a batch of photos, which you can check out below:
Being set in London in the 1960s, it’s not clear exactly how many Easter Eggs or references there will be to the modern day Gotham City or Batman and his friends and foes. But after ‘Gotham’, maybe that’s for the best.
The 10-episode, hour-long drama series from Warner Horizon Scripted Television is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. It follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.
Once again, ‘Pennyworth’ arrives on EPIX on July 28th at 9 pm EST.