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‘Gotham’ Showrunner Bruno Heller Has Found His Alfred for ‘Pennyworth,’ a New Batman Prequel Series

Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game) will take on the title role in the premium cable channels 10-episode scripted drama series about Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

Despite the presence of showrunner Bruno Heller, the series is not a prequel to Gotham. Pennyworth revolves around the titular character, a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, forming a security company as he goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne, in 1960s London.  This takes place, obviously, long before the birth of Bruce Wayne.

The Alfred of the Epix series is described by The Hollywood Reporter as “a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. Honest, open-faced and witty, people would never take him for an SAS killer. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kindhearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become.”

Pennyworth is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.  Produced by Warner Television, the Warner Bros. Television division behind such dramas as LongmireAnimal Kingdom and KryptonPennyworth reunites Heller with Gotham‘s Danny Cannon, who will direct and executive produce the pilot. Heller will write and executive produce.

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