Take a look at the trailer released for Pennyworth, an upcoming series that offers up the origins of Bruce Wayne’s butler/assistant/best friend.
Taking on the role that’s been played by the likes of Michael Caine and Jeremy Irons is Jack Bannon, whose previous TV credits include Clique, The Loch and Medici. This younger Alfred Pennyworth is a former SAS soldier in his 20s who forms a security company with a rich new client: a young billionaire named Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge).
So, a younger Pennyworth was a suave ass-kicker in the vein of James Bond. That’s kind of the angle that they’re going with this DC series, which could prove to be solid – at least according to the decent trailer below. There’s not much DC-ness to go on apart from the character names, a factor that may work to the show’s benefit if it’s given the chance to unfold over a few seasons. People are still riled up over the sudden cancellation of DC series Swamp Thing, after all.
Behind the series is Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, the former the creator of Batman prequel series Gotham and the latter one of its writers and executive producers. Cannon is also co-creator of planned DC series Metropolis, which will follow Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets.
Pennyworth, also starring Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett, Paloma Faith, and Jason Flemyng, premieres on Epix on July 28. No word as yet on whether Netflix Australia will have it, as it does DC series Titans.
Official synopsis for Pennyworth:
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.