Pay television channel Epix greenlit a new series called Pennyworth, which will dive into the backstory of Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Gotham, a prequel series based around young Bruce Wayne before he became the Dark Knight and the insane city that made it necessary, is entering its fifth and final season next Fall on Fox.
Season one will consist of 10 one-hour episodes.
While PENNYWORTH may be considered an idea that no one (besides me) is asking for, I will say that the show certainly has the potential to provide Bat-fans with a unique opportunity to give depth and substance to the bringer of Batman's Lobster Thermidor. And this takes place in a different universe from Gotham, which recently got renewed for a fifth and final season, so don't expect Sean Pertwee to be playing the character again. That's at least an understandable shame, since Pennyworth will go even farther back into the past, the 1960s, to focus on Alfred in the years after he was a British SAS soldier. "We can't wait to work with Bruno and Danny - along with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner, Brett Paul and the team at Warner Horizon - on this fantastic origin story", stated Epix President Michael Wright.
This will probably move pretty quickly, with production expected to begin this year for a 2019 premiere date.
Heller and his partner Danny Cannon also put out a statement, saying that they are equally as stoked to be working on the project with Epix.
No cast has yet been announced for Pennyworth, which - it bears repeating - was rather confidently ordered straight-to-series.
Pennyworth comes on the heels of Epix's recent pick up of ABC Signature Studio's drama series Godfather of Harlem, starring and executive produced by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, with Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein (Narcos) serving as showrunners.