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‘Pennyworth’: Creators Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon on Why Alfred Is an Underutilized Character

From writer Bruno Heller and director Danny Cannon, and based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, the 10-episode Epix drama series Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), as a former British Sas soldier in his 20s who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) in 1960s London. Not yet Bruce’s father, Thomas is a young billionaire from the East Coast of the United States, who finds himself in need of Alfred’s services, especially with a mysterious organization, known as the Raven Society, out …
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Pennyworth: Season One Viewer Votes

Is the first season of the Pennyworth TV show on Epix worth your time? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Pennyworth is cancelled or renewed for season two. As a subscription service though, Epix collects its own data. If you've been watching this TV series, we'd love to know how you feel about the Pennyworth season one episodes. We invite you to rate them for us here.

An Epix Batman prequel series from executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, Pennyworth is based on the DC Comics characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. The drama stars Jack Bannon, Ben Aldridge, Paloma Faith, Jason Flemyng, Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett, Emma Paetz, Jessica Ellerby, and Polly Walker. It unfolds in 1960s London, where former British Sas soldier Pennyworth (Bannon) founds
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Pennyworth

Network: Epix.

Episodes: Ongoing (hour).

Seasons: Ongoing.

TV show dates: July 28, 2019 — present.

Series status: Has not been cancelled.

Performers include: Jack Bannon, Ben Aldridge, Paloma Faith, Jason Flemyng, Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett, Emma Paetz, Jessica Ellerby, and Polly Walker.

TV show description:

From executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, the Pennyworth TV show is a Batman prequel, based on the DC Comics characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. The series follows Bruce Wayne's eventual butler Alfred Pennyworth (Bannon), but exists in another universe than the Gotham series.

The story unfolds in 1960s London, where former British Sas soldier Pennyworth founds his security firm. While Alfred is still struggling to reconcile who he
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Pennyworth: Is the Epix TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

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An Epix Batman prequel series from executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, Pennyworth is based on the DC Comics characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. The drama stars Jack Bannon, Ben Aldridge, Paloma Faith, Jason Flemyng, Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett, Emma Paetz, Jessica Ellerby, and Polly Walker. It unfolds in 1960s London, where former British Sas soldier Pennyworth founds his security firm and starts working with American billionaire Thomas
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‘Pennyworth’ Cast on Getting the Opportunity to Shake Up DC Comics History

From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon, and based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, the 10-episode Epix drama series Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), as a former British Sas soldier in his 20s who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) in 1960s London. Not yet Bruce’s father, Thomas is a young billionaire from the East Coast of the United States, who finds himself in need of Alfred’s services, especially with a mysterious organization, known as …
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Pennyworth Review: The Alfred You Always Wanted

If we could ever imagine a backstory for Batman's loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth, Epix's new series Pennyworth is it.

The series was developed by Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, the creative team behind Fox's Gotham, and it dives into Alfred Pennyworth's life before Bruce Wayne and Batman.

Set in an alternate 1960s London, Alfie (as he was known back then) has just completed his tour of duty as a special forces soldier in the British Army.

He's working as a bouncer for a local nightclub and plans on opening his own security firm when he suddenly finds himself caught up in a world of espionage and intrigue.

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The show may sound more James Bond-y than Batman-y, and it is. But that's what makes it so much fun.

Alfred is supposed to be a badass, and what better
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‘Pennyworth’ Review: Batman’s Butler Begins In This Style-Heavy Prequel Series

‘Pennyworth’ Review: Batman’s Butler Begins In This Style-Heavy Prequel Series
The world needed a series about how Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) grew up to be Batman’s butler as much as it needs one about the tailor who sells Bruce Banner all those purple pants. But to its credit, Epix’s Pennyworth — from Gotham creator Bruno Heller and that show’s chief director, Danny Cannon — doesn’t particularly care about filling in blanks of the Bat mythos, even though Bruce Wayne’s father, Thomas (Ben Aldridge), keeps crossing paths here with his future manservant. Rather, Heller is using the connection
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‘Pennyworth’ Review: Alfred’s Epix Origin Story Is More 007 Than Batman — And It Works

‘Pennyworth’ Review: Alfred’s Epix Origin Story Is More 007 Than Batman — And It Works
Stories that have well-known, predetermined endings are tricky. Stories about peripheral characters before the main draw gets involved are tricky. Origin stories aren’t that tricky, but they become tricky when you’re telling one with the two previous requirements in place. In these ways (and few others), “Pennyworth” is a lot like “Better Call Saul” — the origin story of a supporting player in a larger story that hasn’t started yet, Epix’s new series about Batman’s future butler doesn’t feature the Dark Knight or even the promise of getting to his story, eventually. Instead, it starts its own story of Alfred Pennyworth and finds compelling new life within — just like “Better Call Saul!”

Ok, maybe not just like Vince Gilligan’s heralded spinoff, but it’s off to a great start through four episodes. The hour-long drama starts Alfred’s story shortly after his service in the war,
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How Pennyworth Took a Cue From Batman Begins' Alfred — Plus, Will We See Bruce Wayne Be Conceived?

You may scoff that you have no interest in who the Batman comics’ Alfred was before he became the Wayne family butler. But are you interested in a handsomely produced, espionage-tinged drama set in 1960s London?

Premiering Sunday, July 28 at 9/8c on Epix, Pennyworth envisions the title character (played by Endeavour‘s Jack Bannon) as a former British Sas soldier who after serving his country now is angling to start up a security firm. But even that much backstory was fashioned from whole cloth, since “very little” about the character has been established in decades’ worth of DC Comics canon.
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‘Pennyworth’ Brings ‘Bond’ And Bondage To Comic-Con

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Before Bruce Wayne was Batman, his British butler was James Bond. That’s the premise of Epix’s Pennyworth, the posh new production from the makers of Fox’s Gotham, executive producer/writer Bruno Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon. On Friday, the pair brought the show’s cast to Comic-Con in San Diego to showcase a series that is part Alfred and part Alfie.

The series follows Batman’s future butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), and picks up with the character in his 20s and fresh from his duty as a British Sas soldier. The intrepid Pennyworth launches a new venture, a security company, and his first client is young American millionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), future father of a boy named Bruce.

“Alfred’s story came first. It’s a character that everybody knows and loves that hasn’t been explored at all,” said Heller, whose other
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Pennyworth Review (Spoiler Free)

Bruce Wayne’s trusty butler is the latest unassuming comic book figure to get a gritty reboot in the fun Pennyworth.

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This review contains no spoilers.

We’re not in Gotham anymore. Instead, this is Pennyworth, a modish Batman (or Batman-adjacent) prequel series on Epix about Bruce Wayne’s faithful manservant/sidekick/surrogate father Alfred, set in London’s swinging ’60s when he was a young man and not quite a butler.

The show, developed by the creative team behind Fox’s Gotham, Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon (who also directed the pilot), focuses on the adventures of Alfred, or “Alfie,” and includes Bruce’s dad, Thomas Wayne. But this isn’t a Batman show, at least not yet. And that’s a good thing.

Instead, the pilot is fun British adventure with action, eccentric villains, secret societies, wit, and bawdy humor. As much as the London
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TV Review: ‘Pennyworth’

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TV Review: ‘Pennyworth’
Is there a law that says there must always be a certain number of Batman properties on air at all times?

Just as Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” films germinated a fandom that seemed to demand not merely a Ben Affleck Batman but also two different Joker-based franchise, so too did the conclusion of Fox’s “Gotham” seem to point the way forward for yet more stories of Bruce Wayne’s pals. Ahead of the forthcoming CWBatwoman” comes Epix’s “Pennyworth,” a prequel series about the adventures of future butler Alfred in his days as a security company proprietor going on adventures in swinging ’60s London.

In the pilot, screened at San Diego Comic Con for fans, there’s a pleasant vibe of derring-do and of odd boundary-pushing at work: Knighted by a young Queen Elizabeth II, Alfred (Jack Bannon) is sworn to secrecy about his valor by a grateful,
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StarzPlay acquires UK rights to Batman prequel series Pennyworth

Streaming service StarzPlay has announced that it has acquired the distribution rights for the upcoming Batman prequel series Pennyworth in the Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria and Latin America.

Created by Gotham’s Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, Pennyworth follows Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon; The Imitation Game), a former British Sas soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company in 1960s London and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge; Fleabag), who’s not yet become Bruce Wayne’s father.

Along with Bannon and Aldridge, the cast of Pennyworth includes Emma Paetz (Gentleman Jack), Hainsley Lloyd Bennett (Eastenders), Ryan Fletcher (Outlander), and Dorothy Atkinson (Call the Midwife), Paloma Faith (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and Jason Flemyng (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Pennyworth

StarzPlay is available in the UK via the Apple TV app, Prime Video and Virgin Media.
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‘Batman’ Prequel ‘Pennyworth’ Picked Up by StarzPlay for Europe, Latin America

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‘Batman’ Prequel ‘Pennyworth’ Picked Up by StarzPlay for Europe, Latin America
Streaming service StarzPlay has snagged “Batman” prequel series “Pennyworth.” The show is for Epix in the U.S., and Starz’s international on-demand service has snagged it for the U.K. and Ireland, as well as Austria and Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Spain. It has also picked it up for Latin America.

The DC origin series follows Alfred Pennyworth, played by Jack Bannon (“The Imitation Game”), a former British soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company in 1960s London. He goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne, played by Ben Aldridge (“Reign”), before the latter becomes Bruce Wayne’s father.

Emma Paetz (“Gentleman Jack”), Hainsley Lloyd Bennett (“Eastenders”), Ryan Fletcher (“Outlander”), Dorothy Atkinson, and pop star Paloma Faith also star in the 10-part drama.

Warner Horizon Scripted Television is producing the series, which is executive produced by Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) and Danny Cannon (“Gotham”). The series
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Starzplay Picks Up Epix’s ‘Pennyworth’ In Slew Of International Territories

Starzplay Picks Up Epix’s ‘Pennyworth’ In Slew Of International Territories
Starzplay has acquired a raft of international rights to Epix’s Batman prequel Pennyworth. The digital platform has picked up rights for the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria and Latin America.

The show, which airs in the U.S. later this month, follows Alfred Pennyworth (played by Jack Bannon), a former British Sas soldier in his 20s who forms a security company in 1960s London and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne, played by Ben Aldridge, who’s not yet become Bruce Wayne’s father.

In addition to Bannon and Aldridge, the series stars Emma Paetz (Gentleman Jack), Hainsley Lloyd Bennett (Eastenders), Ryan Fletcher (Outlander), and Dorothy Atkinson (Hanna) with Paloma Faith (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and Jason Flemyng (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

Produced by Warner Horizon Scripted Television and based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, the
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‘Pennyworth’ At Comic-Con: Epix Will Import 1960s London To Gaslamp

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‘Pennyworth’ At Comic-Con: Epix Will Import 1960s London To Gaslamp
Epix and Pennyworth are importing 1960s London to San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District. The premium network is promoting the July 28th series premiere of the Batman-related drama in a major way at Comic-Con International in San Diego with an elaborately appointed immersive experience that will take fans into the vivid and dangerous underworld of London in the 1960s that serves as the show’s setting.

The familiar origin story of Batman begins in Crime Alley in Gotham City but the story of Batman’s trusted butler, Alfred Pennyworth, begins closer to Carnaby Street of the Swinging London era of the 1960s.

That’s the premise of Pennyworth a 10-episode, hour-long drama series from Warner Horizon Scripted Television that puts DC Comics characters in a setting that evokes both John le Carré novels and the Mod scene.

The series stars follows Batman’s future butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), and
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‘Batwoman’, ‘Pennyworth’ And ‘Watchmen’ Branded Hotel Keycards Unlock Comic-Con

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‘Batwoman’, ‘Pennyworth’ And ‘Watchmen’ Branded Hotel Keycards Unlock Comic-Con
Nearly every nook and cranny surrounding the San Diego Convention Center will be taken over by Comic-Con — and that includes hotel keycards. Warner Bros. TV Group unveiled that the CW’s Batwoman and the forthcoming Epix original series Pennyworth will be seen on hotel keycards. In addition, HBO will release an exclusive Watchmen keycard that will be available to fans attending the confab.

The Batwoman and Pennyworth keycards are in honor of the 80th anniversary of Batman. The two DC dramas are adjacent stories to the caped crusader. With more than 40,000 branded room keys available at nearly 40 participating major hotels throughout the San Diego area during Comic-Con, fans will be able to get their hands on these keycards which pay homage to the Wayne family fortune (as in Bruce Wayne) — and a group of outlaw superheroes.

Read more details about the shows below.

Pennyworth premieres Sunday, July 28, at 9/8c on Epix.
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"Batman" Prequel "Pennyworth"

"Pennyworth" is the newest, 10-episode, live-action, 'Batman' prequel TV series, focusing on 'Alfred', the butler of 'Bruce Wayne' when he was a young British Sas soldier, based on characters published by DC Comics, created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, starring Jack Bannon, Ben Aldridge, Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett, Paloma Faith, and Jason Flemyng, premiering July 28, 2019, on Epix:

"....'Alfred Pennyworth' (Bannon), a former British Sas soldier forms a security company and goes to work for young Us billonaire 'Thomas Wayne', during the 'swinging' 1960's in London, UK.

"Characters include 'Dave Boy', a long-time alcoholic friend of Alfred's who served with him in the army, army buddy and ladies man 'Bazza', 'Bet Sykes'...

"...a spirited sadistic sharp-tongued woman who rivals against Alfred, 'Lord Harwood', an enemy of Alfred who works with Bet, 'Martha Kane', Thomas' love interest and the future mother of 'Bruce Wayne'..."

Cast also includes
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Pennyworth: Young Alfred Kills in First Trailer

Pennyworth is at your service in just over a month. 

Epix have unveiled the full trailer for series, which is slated to premiere on July 28th at 9 Pm Et/Pt. 

Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne's legendary butler, 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), who's not yet Bruce's father, in 1960s London.

In addition to Jack Bannon and Ben Aldridge, the cast includes Paloma Faith, Jason Flemyng (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Ryan Fletcher (Outlander), Hainsley Lloyd Bennett (Eastenders), Emma Paetz (Gentleman Jack), Polly Walker and Emma Corrin (The Crown).

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The series comes from executive producer/writer Bruno Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon. The series was filmed Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden,
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‘Pennyworth’ Trailer Reveals a Young, Sexy Alfred Doing Security for Thomas Wayne

Epix has released the full-length trailer for Pennyworth, the 1920s-set Batman prequel that follows a young Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) as he protects the life of Bruce Wayne's father, the billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge). Yes, before you ask, this Alfred does, in fact, fuck. The series comes from Bruno Heller, who also created Fox's Dark Knight prequel but Pennyworth sequel, Gotham. Heller will serve as executive producer and writer on Pennyworth alongside Danny Cannon, also onboard as executive producer and director. It's certainly an interesting trailer, considering the fact that if you took out …
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