Our first real look at the series surrounding Bruce Wayne’s stalwart butler is finally here. Pennyworth, the upcoming DC series based on the early years of Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon). The trailer looks promising if you are a fan of period pieces with spy-fi plots like I am.
As expected, the trailer starts by introducing us to an earlier younger edition of the eponymous character with a post-SAS Alfred Pennyworth making a fresh start by opening a security firm in London that lands American, Thomas Wayne (Ben Eldridge), as his first client.
Bannon employs a Michael Caine cockney accent as Pennyworth, an unpolished young rough who is just as comfortable in a scrap as he is sweet talking the ladies.
The trailer also provides a look at Brit singer Paloma Faith’s creepy baddie, Bet Sykes. The seemingly dowdy Sykes turns out to to be a rather frightening henchwoman for the Big Bad, Lord Harwood (Jason Flemyng), the leader of the secret Raven Society that intends to revolutionize Britain, and vex Pennyworth and Wayne all season long.
Previously, Pennyworth creators and executive producers, Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, made it known their ’60s set origin story for the future Wayne family butler would have an undeniable Ian Fleming influence and reflect an alternate universe version of England that would allow them to open up their storytelling and not be beholden to exact DC and Batman mythology. Sounds risky, but I like what I see so far. As much as I enjoyed the series, the last thing we want is a clone of Gotham or imitation of that series.
The show is shot entirely on location in England. Pennyworth, like Gotham, provides a prequel take on the Batman mythology, with Pennyworth giving the usually stalwart Alfred the spotlight, along with Thomas Wayne getting the opportunity to have a storyline that is outside the core tragedy of the mythology
The 10-episode series will debut on EPIX July 28th at 9 PM ET/PT.