Pennyworth to air soon!
Gotham seems set to end young Bruce Wayne’s journey towards becoming Batman. And now, showrunner Danny Cannon is getting ready to bring another DC Comics prequel series this summer. Yes, we are talking about the Alfred-focused series, Pennyworth.
Will Focus On Alfred
Speaking at the TCA event, Cannon revealed details about Pennyworth. The show will be set in London in 60s. It will show how the future butler meets Thomas Wayne. Actor Jack Bannon will play the lead role. Bannon will play a younger Alfred who starts a security company after his service in Britain SAS.
“It’s twenty something years before Gotham, it’s a very different world; this is the DC version of 1960s London,” said Cannon. “13 degrees history is different: It’s not the England we know. It looks and feels like, but if you look a little closer, (you ask) why is that like that? Why is that building there? What war is he talking about?”
Cannon called this version of London a “poetic reality” of the real thing. He added, “just like I wanted people in Gotham to search for the darkest part of New York.”
The 10-episode series will be on Epix. Hence, they won’t have to deal with censorship and will be “R-rated”.
‘Villains Of English Literature’ Teased
While Pennyworth won’t be going against classic Batman villains, Cannon teased there will be “classic and archetypal villains of English Literature”.
Then, he used the example of Jack the Ripper, who is long dead during the time of the series. “But he has descendants,” Cannon teased.
Test audiences have reacted positively to Pennyworth. “We had a test audience and there were only so many who knew it was a DC-related series,” Cannon said. “It was incredibly positive and that’s because the characters are being drawn out. There’s so much to draw from and so much to imagine.”