As Gotham rounds the darkened street corner to its shady finale after five seasons, the DC prequel-verse won’t be missing its Batman-adjacent characters for long. That’s because loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth is taking up the cause, with his own origin story series coming to Epix.
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). Heller will write the script and executive produce alongside Danny Cannon, who will direct the pilot like he did with Gotham.
The Wayne’s long-term manservant will be seen as a former British SAS soldier whose business ventures lead him to link up with Thomas Wayne — Bruce's dad, in ‘60s London. Casting has not yet begun, but it’s fair to count out all the actors who’ve previously played the butler before, since this will be taking place decades before most comic fans are used to seeing the character.
"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 in a statement.
Gotham’s ending just as Batman readies his cowl, which makes the jump further back in time an interesting proposition similar to the DCEU’s TV workings on SYFY's Krypton. The comic world will be fleshed out more and more, and if these two shows are anything to judge by, from more and more creative, niche angles.