Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

New Batman prequel series Pennyworth is on the way

New Batman prequel series Pennyworth is on the way

Called Pennyworth, the drama (from Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller) will follow the trials and tribulations of Batman's beloved butler, Alfred Pennyworth, and has been given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order.

Alfred is portrayed on Gotham by Sean Pertwee, who won't be involved with Pennyworth. Joining Heller is Gotham's Danny Cannon, who will executive produce the series as well as direct the pilot.

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The series will focus on Bruce Wayne's long-suffering butler, friend, and companion, Alfred Pennyworth and it's going to look at his past (I think nowadays it's called an origin, but he's a butler for Christ's sake, not a mutant) and how he came to look after Batman - sorry - "Master Wayne". Writer/producer Bruno Heller and producer/director Danny Cannon are working on a show that will explore Alfred's days as a former SAS soldier who goes to work with Thomas Wayne in 1960s London.

"Michael and his colleagues have created the ideal venue for original storytelling, and all of us working on Pennyworth are thrilled to be on the EPIX slate", added Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon. Epix is targeting a 2019 premiere date. This is a curious development for Warner Horizon and DC Entertainment, which has plenty of comics-based shows on the air on The CW but which has been branching out recently with Krypton on Syfy and of course the upcoming DC Universe streaming service, which is lining up a slew of original TV series based on DC comics. Television Group, Warner Horizon Scripted Television was founded in 2006 and is one of the entertainment industry's leading producers of dramatic and comedic programming for the cable and subscription/on-demand marketplace. Epix president Michael Wright said he's excited for the series to be on the network.

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