New ‘Pennyworth’ Trailer Promises Groovy Action

by Eric Lee
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The latest season 3 trailer for Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler has dropped.

The new preview showcases an entirely new historical time period for young Alfred Pennyworth to explore. The Cold War aesthetic of the first two seasons is gone and in its place is the very groovy 1960’s anti-authority cultural movement.


Apparently, there is a deadly new psychedelic drug that’s causing people to go crazy and potentially murder. Alfred needs to put an end to it. On top of that, there’s a top-secret, shadowy, government super soldier program. Whoever’s behind it is also employing men with flying armor and laser cannons.

Fortunately, Alfred does have a backup team in the form of Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), Martha Wayne (Emma Paetz), and Lucius Fox (Simon Manyonda).

If this plot seems much more outlandish than the grounded spy thriller tone of the first two seasons, that’s intentional. The official synopsis of Pennyworth now hints at the start of more comic book elements seeping into the show.

[There’s] a five-year time jump, the civil war is over, and a cultural revolution has changed the world for better or worse – ushering in a new age of Superheroes and Supervillains.

A Whole New Era for ‘Pennyworth’

In fact, the whole tone of the new trailer seems divorced from the other seasons. The show has clearly embraced the 60s look and there seem to be more overt cheeky winks to Batman. Notice how the preview has a whole bit between Alfred and young Lucius Fox about the effectiveness of a grappling hook, not unlike exchanges in the Dark Knight trilogy?

Many sources are concluding this new take on Pennyworth seems to act as a jumping-on point for new viewers who might not have seen the previous seasons. However, only time will tell if the new creative turn is successful for the show.

Season 3 will premiere on HBO Max on Oct. 6 with three episodes. After that, the show will be released weekly until Nov. 24.


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