Jack Bannon, who plays Inspector Thursday’s son on “Endeavour,” is the next Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming “Batman” prequel. Pennyworth is a British special forces veteran turned butler, and a most loyal servant to the Wayne household.
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Alfred is a second father to Bruce Wayne, and serves as his conscience when the never-ending fight against evil wears on the Caped Crusader. But we aren’t there yet, because the TV series “Pennyworth” takes place before Bruce is born.
Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth has been portrayed on screen by noted actors ranging from Michael Caine to Jeremy Irons. Now it’s time for Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game, Ripper Street) to step into the tireless, if youthful, butler’s shoes, in “Pennyworth.” The 1960s-set series is from executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (Gotham, Rome).
In this origin story, Pennyworth is a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne (played by Ben Aldridge, Laura’s love interest Daniel Parish, and editor of the Candleford Gazette in Lark Rise to Candleford).
For those of you who don’t follow Batman (or watch the TV series Gotham, which also involves Pennyworth), here’s how DC Comics describes Pennyworth:
As a former British intelligence officer, field medic and trained Shakespearean actor, Alfred Pennyworth is uniquely suited to support the lives of masked crime fighters. He’s quick with a disguise, a cover story, an alibi; and quicker still with a suture, a cast or an ice bath. He ensures that Wayne Manor is operating at peak performance. Plus, he makes a mean cucumber sandwich, which may not be something he lists on his resume, but is certainly something everyone who sets foot on the manor’s grounds will fondly remember.
In addition to Jack Bannon and Ben Aldridge, cast members of the “Batman” prequel “Pennyworth” include Jason Flemyng (Sir George Yeardley in Jamestown), Ryan Fletcher (Corporal MacGregor in Outlander), Emma Paetz (Catherine Rawson in Gentleman Jack), Polly Walker (Delphine Day in Mr Selfridge) and Emma Corrin (Princess Diana in The Crown).
EPIX has released the official trailer (below, contains violence) for the upcoming period series, “Pennyworth,” premiering on July 28th at 9 PM on the premium television network EPIX.
The 10-episode, hour-long drama series is based on DC Comics characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.
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