Everyone loves Batman. But the Dark Knight wouldn’t be complete with his fiercely loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth. By now, the many adaptations of Batman have shown us the story of Bruce Wayne from all angles. Now, it is time for Alfred to come out of the shadows and enjoy the limelight for once. We get to know him, inside out, in Epix’s ‘Pennyworth’. It is written by Bruno Heller, who also executive produces the series alongside Danny Cannon. This collaboration is a follow-up after the end of another Bat-verse series, ‘Gotham’, which explores the dynamics of the city during the early years of James Gordon in the force, while exploring the backstories of Bruce Wayne as well as the many villains he faces later in his life.
‘Pennyworth’ focuses on the story of the famous Wayne butler, Alfred. Set in the 60s London, it focuses on his young years and his relationship with Thomas Wayne. The tenor of this show is very different from other popular DC series, owing to a different setting. Though the show does have the same dark tone. Describing the tone of the series, Heller said, “You can get closer to the edge… It’s much more Victorian-gothic while being more modern.” Lead actor Bannon described the series as “bizarre and sexy and dark and weird. ‘60s London is cool enough and this is cooler.”
The first season of the show was well received. You must wondering now, will there be a Pennyworth season 2. Here’s everything we know.
Pennyworth Cast: Who’s in it?
Jack Bannon plays the titular role of Alfred Pennyworth. This is his first major role after having made appearances in ‘The Imitation Game’, ‘Endeavour’, ‘Medici’ and ‘Ripper Street’. Ben Aldridge appears in the role of Thomas Wayne. He is known for playing Arsehole Guy in ‘Fleabag’ and Captain Charles James in ‘Our Girl’. He has also worked in ‘Reign’ and ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’. Ryan Fletcher plays the role of Dave Boy, Alfred’s close friend with whom he had served in the War. His previous roles include Calum Dunwoody in ‘Shetland’ and Corporal MacGregor in ‘Outlander’.
Paloma Faith stars as the main antagonist Bet Sykes. Paloma enjoys a successful music career and has served as the coach and judge on ‘The Voice UK’. She has also made appearances in films like ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’, ‘Dread’ and ‘Youth’.
Jason Flemyng plays the role of Lord Harwood, another enemy of Alfred. His acting credits include ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, ‘Snatch’, ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ and ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’.
Additional cast includes Emma Paetz (‘Gentleman Jack’, ‘The Looming Tower’) as Martha Kane, Polly Walker (‘Rome’, ‘Patriot Games’) as Peggy Sykes and Jessica Ellerby (‘Lovesick’, ‘EastEnders’ and ‘Living the Dream’) as The Queen.
If the show is renewed, we expect all the main cast members to be back for season 2.
Pennyworth Plot: What’s it About?
In the many adaptations of Batman, we have witnessed Alfred as a side-character, which has always kept his backstory shrouded in mystery. We know bits and pieces, we know he is the jack of all trades, we know he has embarked on some awesome adventures in his young years. But all these things have always been a background remark in the superb story of the caped crusader. In ‘Pennyworth’, we get to meet the Alfred we have wondered about for so long. The series begins with the 26-year-old man, looking for a job in London when he crosses paths with the billionaire from the other side of the pond, Thomas Wayne.
Despite coming from a superhero universe, Pennyworth’s story doesn’t feature the kind of supervillains that Batman has to go up against. The series is more in sync with the spy genre and there is no holding back on the violence and cursing. Neither are there any bounds on the wit and sass of our beloved Alfred, who might as well be another version of James Bond. Every hero needs a villain and the ones that Pennyworth is up against share a lot of characteristics with the ones popularised in British folklore, rather than the ones flaunting their superpowers. (Jack the Ripper, sort-ish.)
Season 1 ends with Alfred, Thomas and Martha becoming entangled in an assassination plot against Lord Harwood. Soon after, Lord Harwood uses those closest to Alfred to remove him from the game.
It is clear that Alfred’s story is far from over. So, we will expect season 2 to continue showing us the life journey of Alfred.
Pennyworth Season 2 Release Date: When Will it Premiere?
‘Pennyworth’ Season 1 premiered on July 28, 2019, on Epix and came to an end on September 29, 2019, after 10 episodes.
The DC universe is flourishing in television, if not so much on the big screen, and the success of Arrow-verse has strengthened its reputation. ‘Pennyworth’ enjoys this huge fanbase, and is a strong candidate to fill the gap after the end of ‘Arrow’ and ‘Gotham’. The series has already heightened the excitement of the fans and the response is nothing short of overwhelming.
As expected, on October 30, 2019, Epix announced that ‘Pennyworth’ had been officially renewed, with production commencing in early 2020. The second season will consist of 10 episodes. If we go by the schedule of season 1, it took seven months to complete filming and hence, we can safely predict that a fall premiere is in the works. If production wraps in August 2020, ‘Pennyworth’ season 2 will most likely premiere sometime in October 2020.
You can catch all episodes of ‘Pennyworth’ on Epix. Have a look at the trailer of season 1 below.
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