There’s another new Batman prequel coming soon, this time focused on his famous butler Alfred Pennyworth…
With Gotham about to enter its final season, the business of Batman prequels isn’t going to slow down any time soon.
Bruno Heller, the show runner behind Gotham, has sold a new series titled Pennyworth to EPIX for 10 episodes of the series that’s already been ordered for the network.
Pennyworth will focus on Batman’s famous butler Alfred Pennyworth as his origin story is told as a former British SAS operative who eventually goes to work for Bruce’s father Thomas Wayne in the 1960’s.
While Heller is involved, the new series focused on Batman’s butler will not have anything to do with the current Gotham series or actor Sean Pertwee, who portrays Alfred on the show.
“As genuine fans of these classic DC characters, as well as the incredibly talented Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, we couldn’t be more excited to make Epix the home of this series,” EPIX president Michael Wright said. “We can’t wait to work with Bruno and Danny — along with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner, Brett Paul and the team at Warner Horizon — on this fantastic origin story.”
Heller was one of the key figures behind Gotham coming to FOX by way of Warner Bros. Studios a few years ago and while the show hasn’t been a huge ratings success, a loyal audience has followed the series over the years. Gotham will return for an abbreviated fifth and final season with 13 episodes expected to air in 2019.
As for Pennyworth, there’s no word on casting yet for the series but EPIX is beefing up its original programming line up with this series as well as Godfather of Harlem, which stars Forrest Whittaker