Ahead of next month's premiere, Epix has released an all-new trailer and key art for the Batman prequel series Pennyworth. The series comes from executive producer and writer Bruno Heller (Gotham) and director Danny Cannon (Gotham). Despite these behind-the-scenes connections to Gotham, the show will be an entirely separate story. It tells the backstory of Bruce Wayne's family butler Alfred Pennyworth and how he was a skilled operative in his youth. Set for release on July 28 on Epix, the freshman season will consist of ten hour-long episodes.
In Pennyworth, the show follows Batman's future butler in his 20s when he was working as a British SAS soldier. When he forms his own security company, he meets young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who will go on to one day father the world's greatest detective. The series will also touch on Alfred's struggles to balance his kind-hearted nature with the calculated killer his job has made him become. Leading the cast of the series is Jack Bannon (The Intimidation Game), starring as Alfred Pennyworth.
Joining him in the cast are Ben Aldridge (Fleabag) as Thomas Wayne, Ryan Fletcher as Dave Boy, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett as Bazza, Paloma Faith as Bet Skyes, Polly Walker as Peggy Sykes, and Jason Flemyng as Lord Hardwood.
To be clear, this project will not be a spin-off of the Batman prequel series Gotham, which ended its five season run earlier this year. On that series, the character of Alfred was played by Sean Pertwee (Doctor Who), and as a younger version of the character, he was involved in a lot of the show's action. Pennyworth will tell the story of an even younger Alfred, though it will take place in a separate universe than the one seen in Gotham. Because of his direct connection to Thomas Wayne, however, perhaps this series will focus more on just how Alfred transitions from superspy into a billionaire's butler.
Alfred isn't the only one of Batman's buddies to soon be getting an exclusive TV series. The CW's Batwoman series is also on the way starring Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black) as the titular superhero. The show is set in a version of Gotham City where Batman has been absent for several years, leading to the supervillains all but taking over. After releasing a trailer, fan reception for the series hasn't been too kind, as it was met with harsh criticism on YouTube. It remains to be seen how this will affect viewership when the series premieres on The CW later this year.
As for Pennyworth, we can all expect to check out the prequel series when it premieres on Epix on July 28. It may not be a show people were really asking for, but Epix is banking on Batman fans tuning in to find out so much more about everybody's favorite butler. With no Joker or Dark Knight, however, pulling in high viewership might be an uphill battle. You can check out the new trailer below, courtesy of Epix on YouTube.