Article by Adam Poncharoensub
Gotham has ended. The great Infinity saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to a close. Game of Thrones is airing its final season. We can feel the emotional departure and bid farewell now, but we can also look to the future. The MCU will continue onward with Spider-Man: Far from Home. And finally, our TV sets will not be void of the Batman mythology just yet.
A series focusing on a young Alfred Pennyworth, the beloved butler and surrogate father to Bruce Wayne after Thomas’ untimely demise. Pennyworth will be airing on Epix in July. In the meantime, we’re getting a pretty good look at its young, hot cast courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Take a look below:
A perfunctory Google search indicates that most of these characters are entirely original to the series, which isn’t surprising given that it will be executive produced by Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, known for their work on Gotham, which has been known to stray very far away from DC canon. However, it’s important to note that this series, despite the familiar crew, will not be in the same continuity as Gotham. For the most part, I do like the sets and tones so far set forth for the show. It’s looking dramatic, with a hint of Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes. Let’s hope that it’s less like Gotham with considerably more swagger like Ocean’s 11.
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the cast in anything with the exception of veteran actor Jason Flemyng, who’s no stranger to comic book adaptations. Flemyng appeared in Alan Moore adaptations From Hell and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, before playing a fairly large role under a ton of makeup in X-Men: First Class as Azazel. To be honest, his performances have always been really forgettable, so I’m hoping he’ll turn this into a memorable role.
In this iteration, Alfred, a former British SAS soldier, forms a security company in 60s London with his buddies Bazza and Dave Boy. They eventually begin working for billionaire Thomas Wayne. However, it seems they must contend with Lord Harwood, a regal-looking gentleman who’s apparently sadistic and cruel. The details are too bare for me to draw any conclusions yet, but any show about a badasss Alfred Pennyworth will always be worth watching.
Pennyworth premieres on FX on July 28, 2019
Check out the teaser below: