As Batman fans know, there’s a lot more to Alfred Pennyworth than just serving cucumber sandwiches and tidying up the Batcave. He’s a skilled fighter and strategist, a gifted medic and surgeon, and a pretty decent actor. But where did he gain these valuable skills?
That’s part of what Pennyworth, a series that looks at Alfred’s life well before Bruce Wayne, aims to reveal. Executive produced by Gotham’s Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, Pennyworth premieres this summer on EPIX, who released the show’s first teaser this morning—a brief, 15-second glimpse that offers just enough to make us want to see more.
Pennyworth blazes largely new ground and is not a spinoff or prequel to Gotham, so don’t look for familiar villains or allies in that brief sneak peek, with one exception. In Pennyworth, we get to know Alfred (Jack Bannon) when he’s a twentysomething former SAS officer who forms a security company and winds up working with a young Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) in 1960s London. The series also stars recording artist Paloma Faith, Jason Flemyng (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Ryan Fletcher (Outlander), Hainsley Lloyd Bennett (Eastenders), Emma Paetz (Gentleman Jack) and Polly Walker (The Mentalist, Rome).
Heller has hinted in the past that the show’s story has to do with a malevolent secret society operating in London, and you do get shades of that in the teaser. You can read more from Heller about Pennyworth here, but for more hints as to what to expect, we’ll have to wait for a full trailer to drop later this year.