A new TV show exploring the origins of Batman has been announced.
The 10-episode series, Pennyworth, will premiere on the MGM-owned network Epix.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will focus on Bruce Wayne’s butler and bezzie Alfred Pennyworth. It’s noted that the series won’t be a Gotham spinoff, but a completely new story looking into Pennyworth’s past. It will detail his origins as a former SAS soldier before he forms a company and goes to work with Batman’s billionaire father, Thoman Wayne.
The show will take place in a completely new universe, despite being penned and executive produced by Gotham showrunner, Bruno Heller.
Sean Pertwee, who portrays Pennyworth on Fox’s Gotham, is not involved in the project.
“As genuine fans of these classic DC characters, as well as the incredibly talented Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, we couldn’t be more excited to make Epix the home of this series,” Epix president Michael Wright says. “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.”
In a joint statement, Heller and Cannon say: “Michael and his colleagues have created the perfect venue for original storytelling, and all of us working on Pennyworth are thrilled to be on the Epix slate.”
Meanwhile, Gotham is set to conclude with a 13-episode season, which begins later this year