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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 we can expect it to have the same, if not more, consistency in the dark and psychological deranged-ness of the characters. 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.”
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. At SDCC, Bruno Heller hinted at the possibility that Sykes might be gay. He said, “They [Pennyworth and Sykes] are both in love with the same woman at some point.” Considering the fact that the story takes place in the 60s, it will be interesting to see how her, and possibly of the woman she falls in love with, sexuality is explored. 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’.