Review Pennyworth (2019)

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This ten episode, one-hour drama series follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, in his younger days. The former British SAS soldier forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne in 1960s London.

In the series, Alfred is cheerful, charming, clever and witty. However he doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become, and he doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.



 
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Epix Orders A Series About Batman’s Butler


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Premium cable network Epix has handed out a ten-episode, straight-to-series order for “Pennyworth,” a drama set in the Batman universe from “Gotham” showrunner Bruno Heller and executive producer Danny Cannon.

The origin story will revolve around Alfred Pennyworth, loyal butler to Bruce Wayne, in the time when he gives up his position as a former British SAS soldier to work for Bruce’s father Thomas Wayne in 1960s London.

The series is NOT a spin-off of Batman prequel series “Gotham” despite Heller, Cannon and Warner Horizon’s involvement, so actor Sean Pertwee who plays Alfred Pennyworth on that series is not involved. Heller will pen the script and executive produce, Cannon will direct the pilot and executive produce (same arrangement as with “Gotham”).

Jeremy Irons, Michael Gough, Michael Caine, Alan Napier, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and William Austin have all played the role of Alfred Pennyworth over the years.
 

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Bannon Leads Batman’s Butler Prequel Series



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Young British actor Jack Bannon (“Fury,” “The Imitation Game”) has been cast in the lead role of Alfred Pennyworth in Epix’s ten-episode Batman prequel drama series “Pennyworth”. In addition Ben Aldridge (“Fleabag,” “The Devil’s Whore”) has scored the co-lead role of Thomas Wayne.

The one-hour drama series follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, in his younger days. The former British SAS soldier forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne in 1960s London.

In the series, Alfred is cheerful, charming, clever and witty. However he doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become, and he doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.

“Gotham” executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon serve in the same capacity here. Production on the series will begin next week at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the UK.
 

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Two More Join Epix’s “Pennyworth” Series


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Ryan Fletcher (“Outlander”) and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett (“Casualty”) have scored series regulars opposite Jack Bannon and Ben Aldridge in the Epix drama series “Pennyworth”.

The ten-episode, hour-long Batman prequel drama series hails from “Gotham” showrunner Bruno Heller, executive producer/director Danny Cannon and Warner Horizon Scripted TV.

In this take Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Bannon), is a former British SAS soldier who runs a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Aldridge) in 1960s London.

Fletcher will portray a Highland Scotsman and spiralling alcoholic named Dave Boy while Bennett is the posh but highly proficient Bajan playboy Bazza, both lifelong friends of Alfred’s from their army days serving in the same corps.

Production will begin October 22nd at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the UK.
 

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“Pennyworth,” “Gotham” Add Non-Canon Villains


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Two “Batman” prequel series have just cast two villains that seemingly aren’t members of their progenitor’s famed rogue’s gallery.

“Hustle,” “Warehouse 13” and “Dexter” star Jaime Murray has scored a recurring role in the fifth and final season of “Gotham”. The British actress will play Theresa Walker, a woman who emerges as Jim Gordon’s principal nemesis in the season and who comes to Gotham harbouring a dark secret about her past.

The casting comes as it has been revealed that FOX has upped its episode count for the new season of “Gotham,” expanding its run from ten to twelve episodes.

When that show wraps, key producers will shift over to Epix’s “Pennyworth” series about a young version of Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth. That series has just cast Jason Flemyng as Lord Hardwood, an upper-class Englishman who is “cultured, urbane, brilliant and supremely sure of himself. His sadistic, cruel nature has a veneer of charm.”

The last season of “Gotham” kicks off January 3rd, while “Pennyworth” is expected to premiere late 2019.
 

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Polly Walker Joins “Pennyworth” Series


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Golden-Globe nominated actress Polly Walker (“Rome,” “Patriot Games”) has scored a recurring role in the upcoming Batman prequel series “Pennyworth” from Epix.

The story follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, in his twenties. A former British SAS soldier, he goes on to form a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne in 1960s London.

Walker is set to play Peggy Sykes, sister of the primary antagonist Bet Sykes, who is also one of Lancashire’s busiest and most successful dominatrixes.

She’s fiercely loyal to her family, endlessly resourceful and lives by her own strange yet rigorous moral code. The ten-episode, one-hour drama series is currently in production at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden. Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon (“Gotham”) executive produce.
 

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“Pennyworth” Is An ‘Unhinged R-Rated’ Bat-Prequel


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FOX’s “Gotham” is coming to a close shortly, but much of the key talent behind the scenes on that show are making the jump over to a different “Batman” prequel series – “Pennyworth”.

The 1960’s UK-set series follows 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) before he becomes a father.

Danny Cannon, who executive produces the series, spoke on the TCA tour yesterday about the show and promises (via Deadline) it’s a “unhinged, R-rated” series full of archetypal and British literary villains including Jack the Ripper’s descendants:

“This is the DC version of 1960s London. 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 think], ‘Why is that like that? Why is that building there? What war is he talking about?'”

We had a test audience and there were only so many who knew it was a DC-related series. 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.”

Bruno Heller also executive produces while Cannon will direct. Ten episodes have been ordered and filming has been underway since October ahead of a June premiere on Epix.
 

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“Pennyworth” Casts Martha Wayne, The Queen


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Emma Paetz (“Gentleman Jack”) is set as a series regular and Jessica Ellerby (“Lovesick”) will recur opposite Jack Bannon and Ben Aldridge in Epix’s Batman prequel series “Pennyworth”.


The ten-episode, hourlong drama series follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Bannon), a former British SAS soldier in his 20s who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Aldridge) in 1960s London.

Paetz will portray Martha Kane, who eventually will become Martha Wayne, mother of Bruce. Ellerby will recur as The Queen. Paloma Faith, Jason Flemyng, Ryan Fletcher and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett co-star.

“Gotham” producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon executive produce with filming now underway in the UK.
 

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Have seen about half the episodes of Season 1 now.

Set in a violent twisted version of (I think) the 1970's, it's certainly different.
 
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