Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Epix Greenlights Batman Prequel Series PENNYWORTH

Epix Greenlights Batman Prequel Series PENNYWORTH

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pennyworth is not a Gotham spinoff and won't star Sean Pertwee. EPIX has just done a straight to series order for Pennyworth, the story of Batman's butler, Alfred Pennyworth, and how he came to work for the Wayne family.

Gotham may be coming to an end on FOX next year, but the team behind the series will keep the Batman prequel ideas going. Epix president Michael Wright said he's excited for the series to be on the network.

While the series is produced by Gotham boss Heller, along with co-executive producer Danny Cannon, Pennyworth will be a completely separate universe.

Hailing from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and "Gotham" executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, "Pennyworth" will tell the story of the title character's time as a former special-forces officer living in London and working for Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas Wayne.

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The series will revolve around Alfred Pennyworth, the best friend and butler to Bruce Wayne (aka Batman).

Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon said, "Michael and his colleagues have created the flawless venue for original storytelling, and all of us working on PENNYWORTH are thrilled to be on the EPIX slate".

Meanwhile, "Gotham" - which films on location throughout NY - was just renewed for a fifth and final season after Fox canceled a number of its original scripted series. The pickup also extends Warners-based DC Entertainment beyond Syfy's Superman prequel Krypton and multiple broadcast series on The CW including Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning. Season four concludes with the episode "No Man's Land", which airs on Thursday, May 17.

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