Gotham has finished, but there’s another Batman prequel ready to take its place – this time centring on the Wayne family butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
This summer, Pennyworth is set to hit our screens, telling the story of Bruce Wayne’s butler long before he started working for the family.
The trailer sees the young Alfred (Jack Bannon) fresh from military service and starting his own security company, through which he meets Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) who is in need of his assistance. Far from a traditional comic book adventure, Pennyworth is more of a traditional old-school thriller which is less Batman and more Bond.
As well as the trailer, Epix revealed the official poster for the series, which does look like a low-key Bond film:
This is something that executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon have been looking to emulate from day one, with Cannon explaining that “I went back and watched Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer movies, and the first couple of James Bond movies, because going back to that Cold War kind of story telling I liked going back into this period because all of our Berlin movies and Russian espionage movies, it was like the British version of westerns.”
“Like there was a wild west quality to the Cold War. Because after the war was done, we knew that there was a nuclear bomb, and we were capable of terrible things, but the spying and the style in which it was done, and the dignity with which it was done, and the charm with which it was done I thought all reminded me of what Bruno had been talking about. So going back to those movies, and watching what was good about Michael Caine back there was he didn’t hide his accent. And the fact that Harry Palmer was very unpopular, but he just got the job done. Because he called everything as it was. His feet were firmly placed in the ground, he’d look people in the eye and I really appreciated that, James Bond, same thing too.”
Pennyworth premieres on Epix on July 28th.