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Sounds like that Alfred Pennyworth series is going to be dark and tough…

February 8th, 2019 by Marc Comments

Sounds like the next DC show in the works is going to be going full out…

With Gotham winding down to its final few episodes, we can look forward to the Pennyworth series which is due in June.

The series will tell the story of Batman’s Butler in the 1960s, Alfred Pennyworth, before he came to work for the Waynes and it sounds like – as expected – he was a total bad-ass.

Speaking at TCA, Gotham and Pennyworth EP Danny Cannon talked about the look and feel of the series and how it’s going to be a dark affair: “It’s twentysomething years before Gotham, it’s a very different world… It’s not the England we know. It looks and feels like, but if you look a little closer, [you ask], ‘Why is that like that? Why is that building there? What war is he talking about?’”

So, a fictional take on 1960s England? Well, it’s a comic book series, we can live with that. He says that we won’t see any mention to classic Batman villains (obviously) but Alfred will go up against a relative of one of the world’s most notorious killers: “Jack the Ripper was 1880s,” Cannon said, “but he has descendants.”

Coincidentally Ripper Street’s Jack Bannon has been cast as Alfred and Fleabag’s Ben Aldridge will play Thomas Wayne.

But on top of that, Paloma Faith plays the show’s main antagonist, Bet Sykes, a “spirited, sadistic and sharp-tongued villain.”

Bet has a sister, Peggy, played by Polly Walker, “one of Lancashire’s busiest and most successful dominatrixes. The sensible matriarch in a family of maniacs, Peggy is fiercely loyal, endlessly resourceful and lives by her own strange but rigorous moral code.”

Jason Flemyng plays baddie Lord Harwood – is He the Ripper descendant?


Honestly, while it could be argued its a stretch making an Alfred series, we cans this being a teen thriller if done right and we’re really excited for it.

Source: Deadline

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….