'Batman' Prequel 'Pennyworth' Lands Series Order at Epix

Angelo Anderson
May 16, 2018

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 10 episodes of Pennyworth will be coming to the premium cable network from the showrunner behind Gotham, Bruno Heller (although the report makes clear the shows will not be linked, and Pennyworth is not a Gotham prequel).

Casting is yet to begin, though we understand Sean Pertwee, who plays Alfred Pennyworth on Fox's flagship Gotham series, won't be involved, which presumably leaves the door open to cast a new and younger (?) incarnation of Batman's loyal ally and friend. Epix president Michael Wright said he's excited for the series to be on the network. The show will revolve around Batman's butler, Alfred Pennyworth. While Heller and Cannon now produce and write Gotham for Fox, this new series will be unrelated to that universe.

Pennyworth comes on the heels of Epix's pickup of ABC Signature Studios' drama series Godfather of Harlem, starring and executive produced by Oscar victor Forest Whitaker, with Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein (Narcos) serving as showrunners. The series will serve as a prequel to Gotham and will follow Alfred as a former British SAS soldier who forms a secret company and then goes to work for 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", Heller and Cannon said in a joint statement.

Gotham, while not a ratings breakout, has been a respectable performer for Fox and earned an abbreviated 13-episode renewal for a fifth and final season. Will Alfred's backstory be an interesting one to learn about?

Gotham's Season 4 finale, "A Dark Knight: No Man's Land", is set to air on Thursday, May 17 at 8pm ET on FOX.

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